Ex-clerk: Stripper accused mayor’s wife
A retired Detroit Police Department clerk came forward Monday to say she saw a police report in 2002 in which stripper Tamara Greene described being attacked by Carlita Kilpatrick, wife of Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, during a party at the Manoogian Mansion.
The court affidavit by former clerk Joyce Carolyn Rogers of Troy marks the first time a Detroit police employee has stated that a report on the long-rumored party and assault exists.
Rogers told the Free Press she came forward on the advice of her psychiatrist.
“According to the report, the mayor’s wife walked into a room and witnessed Ms. Greene touching Mayor Kilpatrick in a manner that upset the mayor’s wife,” Rogers, 65, said in the affidavit. “The report further states that the mayor’s wife witnessed this, left the room and returned with a wooden object in her hand and began assaulting Ms. Greene.”
The report indicated Greene was taken to a hospital because she was injured, Rogers said. “It was clear to me as a clerk working in records that Ms. Greene wanted to press charges against Carlita Kilpatrick,” Rogers said in the affidavit.
The mayor’s office said police would hold a news conference Monday evening to respond to Rogers’ court statement. But spokesman James Tate told reporters outside police headquarters that it was far too early for police to respond to the allegations. Tate said he “found some things that were questionable” about Rogers’ affidavit, but would not elaborate.
Rogers said in the affidavit that she worked as a clerk handling police reports in 1997-2002. She said her duties included reading them and coding them into crime categories.
Her affidavit was filed in U.S. District Court as part of a lawsuit against the city alleging a police cover-up of Greene’s killing. The dancer, 27, was shot in April 2003 in Detroit. There have been no arrests.
Norman Yatooma, a Birmingham lawyer who represents Greene’s 14-year-old son in the suit, said Rogers came to him after a Fox 2 TV report on Greene’s shooting. Greene, who went by the stage name Strawberry, was long rumored to have danced at a never-proven party at the mayoral residence.
According to Yatooma, State Police and others who have investigated the rumors swirling around Greene’s death and the Manoogian party did not know about Rogers.
Taris Jackson, 41, who had a daughter with Greene, said he was encouraged by Rogers’ statement. “I pray that others have the courage like this to come forward,” he said.
Asked why Rogers had not come forward earlier, Yatooma said Monday she reported her information to Detroit police years ago and also called a local TV station but got no responses. A month ago, Yatooma said, she called a crime tip line but did not hear back.
“She oozes credibility. We have confirmed her employment,” Yatooma said. “We’ve also confirmed that she was well regarded when she was there.”
Beyond that, he said, “she has signed an affidavit under penalty of perjury.”
Rusty Hills, spokesman for Attorney General Mike Cox, said state investigators did not see a police report like the one Rogers described when they did their investigation in 2003.
State investigators reviewed several police reports that outlined rumors about the party, Hills said. But he said none could be substantiated.
He said Cox’s office was not aware of Rogers until reports about her surfaced Monday.
Rogers told the Free Press she was forced out at the end of 2002 after a dispute with a superior. She declined to elaborate, and Tate declined to discuss her departure.
“The police can attack my credibility, but I’m telling the truth,” Rogers said. “I’m hoping that something will come from this and other people will speak the truth.”
She said she didn’t speak sooner because “I was just a civilian clerk in records and I opened the mail. It’s the police’s job to investigate, so I figured that’s what they would do.”