The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Detroit:
The lies go far beyond Kilpatrick’s affair

Feb 4, 2008

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick appeared on TV to apologize to the people of Detroit for lying in court about an extramarital affair. Of course, no one in their right mind really cares about Kilpatrick’s affairs, especially since he has always presented himself as a “player,” complete with diamond stud earrings!

In fact, Kilpatrick’s so-called confession was little more than a smokescreen for the real reason that he was in court. He was testifying in response to a lawsuit brought against him and the city of Detroit by three Detroit police officers who had been fired for pursuing an “unauthorized” investigation.

The three cops were not simply looking into “wild parties” at the mayoral mansion – they were investigating a potential cover-up of an execution style murder of a woman at a party thrown by the mayor and others linked to her.

Is anyone surprised that the Kilpatrick administration lied about this? Not likely. The jury in the trial found in favor of the cops, awarding them nine million dollars, which Kilpatrick handed over to the city to pay. The jury apparently thought he was lying.

This is an administration that has lied from the beginning about what it has been doing. They told lies when they said there was no money for city workers and took concessions from them; when they said there was no money for neighborhood rec centers or parks and then closed them; when they handed the art museum, the historical museums and the zoo over to private interests.

They then handed over tax money to developers for putting up buildings that stand empty. They found money to hand to General Motors for the Renaissance Center. They even paid for infrastructure changes that GM wanted. They have money to renovate Cobo Hall so that the auto companies can have their auto show there once a year.

Politicians in the city have lied, and long before Kilpatrick came around, but he certainly has brought a new style to it. And a scandal like this does nothing but help him cover up his lies.