EMS Apologizes To Green’s Family For Not Coming Forward
DETROIT — Lt. Michael Kearns of the Detroit Emergency Medical Sservice says he wants to apologize to slain exotic dancer Tamara Greene’s family for not coming forward sooner.
Kearns claims he saw Greene giving Detroit police officers a statement the night she said she was allegedly beaten up and kicked out of the Manoogian Mansion by Carlita Kilpatrick, the mayor’s wife.
“She said she had been dancing at the Manoongian with another dancer and the mayor’s wife had come in, Carlita Kilpatrick, to throw them out,” said Kearns. “Assaulted and threw them out.”
Kearns admits that at first he started laughing at Greene’s statement and thought to himself, “yeah right.”
But then he said he saw how upset Greene was and she had swelling over her left eye as she told two police officers and Kearns about the alleged assault, Kearns said in an affidavit.
Kearns said he was called on a run to a Shell gas station on Jefferson and Connor avenues on a weekend night in the fall of 2002, where Greene was giving her statement to two plainclothes police officers.
Kearns said he stayed with Greene until an ambulance showed up to take her to Detroit Receiving Hospital.
“I feel bad, real bad,” he said. “I was talking to somebody the other day and I feel like I owe the family an apology.”
A second EMS official, Lt. Walter Godzwin, has also come forward and said he saw the mayor, his executive protection unit bodyguards and EMS worker Doug Bayer at the hospital.
He also states in the affidavit that he was told by the mayor’s bodyguards that they brought a woman to the emergency room for treatment.
Bayer said he was at the hospital when he was told that the mayor’s wife beat a woman who was being treated at the hospital.
Kearns said he did not come forward because he did not believe the woman’s story at first, and later was afraid for his job and personal safety if he came forward with information.
“I have no axe to grind, I have nothing to gain by coming forward and I’m not getting anything for this,” he said.
Attorney Norman Yatooma, who is representing the family of Greene, said the new statements by the witnesses are extremely credible because lying in a sworn affidavit is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
A former employee for the Detroit Police Department, Joyce Carolyn Rogers, has sworn in an affidavit that she remembered Greene filing a police report claiming that Mrs. Kilpatrick had assaulted her during a party at the mayor’s residence.
Rogers said in the affidavit that she worked as a senior clerk at police headquarters from 1997 until her December 2002 retirement.
According to Rogers’ affidavit, she remembered reading some interdepartmental mail that came across her desk in fall 2002. It was an envelope that contained a police report documenting an alleged assault against Greene by Carlita Kilpatrick.
According to the affidavit, Carlita had witnessed Greene touching the mayor “in a manner that upset the mayor’s wife.”
The affidavit said that Carlita left the room and came back with a wooden object and began assaulting her. Two other men stepped in and tried to restrain the mayor’s wife, according to Rogers.
Greene, 27, whose stage name was Strawberry, allegedly danced at the rumored Manoogian Mansion party. She was later shot and killed and the homicide remains unsolved.
Despite denials by the mayor and a state investigation that claims the party was an urban legend, the story has persisted and had been fueled by a $150 million federal lawsuit filed on behalf of Greene’s 14-year-old son.