Kwame Malik Kilpatrick, (who is black) once heralded as the bright future of the city that reared him, instead became the first sitting Detroit mayor to face criminal charges — eight felony counts, the fallout from a text message scandal.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, in a 34-minute speech Monday that was more stern civics lesson than announcement, likened the 37-year-old mayor’s actions to an unrepentant child’s, then read a 12-count complaint charging perjury, conspiracy to obstruct justice, obstruction of justice and misconduct in office against Kilpatrick and Christine Beatty, his former chief of staff who announced her resignation in January.
Kilpatrick, in his own news conference in his office shortly after Worthy’s, reaffirmed he would not resign...
Others questioned whether that’s possible.
“We are experiencing a constitutional crisis in the city of Detroit,” Councilwoman Sheila Cockrel said. “There’s just a constellation of issues here that threaten the city. …
In her news conference, which brought much of metro Detroit to a standstill, Worthy said Kilpatrick ruined the lives of three former police officers who were connected to an investigation of his family, then used $8.4 million in tax money to buy their silence when he learned their lawyer had obtained text messages showing he and Beatty lied at trial.
The charges announced Monday stem from a Free Press investigation....which Kilpatrick fought all the way to the Michigan Supreme Court...
Worthy accused city officials and city lawyers of trying to “drag their feet and drag our investigation out forever.” The city’s top lawyer, John Johnson Jr., and Patricia Peoples, a cousin of Kilpatrick’s who is a human resources deputy director, are due in court Friday to show why they should not be held in contempt for their alleged failure to cooperate with Worthy’s probe.
The above picture is from Detroit, a city which is over 80% black.
The picture is from a photo essay call 'The Ruins Of Detroit' and can be found here.
The Kilpatrick story has been posted here before along with other articles from around the world about previously White-ruled nations and areas now in the hands of non-Whites.
It can be found here.