City Accused Of Stalling Murder Investigation
DETROIT — The city of Detroit is accused of trying to stall a lawsuit over a slain exotic dancer.
According to the lawyer for the family of Tamara Greene, the city has missed a court-imposed deadline to release information.
“We received nothing other than excuses on March 28,” said Norman Yatooma, attorney for the Greene family. “The court ordered (the city) to produce the homicide file by March 28. Again, we received nothing but excuses.”
On Monday, Yatooma filed a motion asking that the city be held in contempt of court.
A spokesperson for the city said many of the documents requested have been shredded to protect employee privacy. The spokesperson also said the city would be willing to release other documents, if certain information was excluded.
Yatooma opposed that idea. “How long will Jonathan have to wait,” Yatooma said referring to Greene’s son, Jonathan Bond. “Mom was killed when he was 10. He just turned 15 and has waited long enough.”
Greene, who went by the stage name Strawberry, was rumored to have danced at an alleged party at the Manoogian Mansion, which is the formal residence for the city of Detroit’s mayor.
Greene was killed in a drive-by shooting about six months after the rumored party.
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick denied a party took place.
Yatooma’s lawsuit claims the city has blocked the investigation into Greene’s murder in an effort to cover up the alleged party.