Former police clerk says she saw stripper’s police report of Manoogian assault
DETROIT (AP) — A former police desk clerk says she read a report filed by stripper Tamara Greene claiming she was assaulted by the wife of Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick during a party at the Manoogian Mansion.
Rumors of a party involving strippers at the mayor’s official residence have never been substantiated. Kilpatrick repeatedly has denied the party ever occurred.
But a signed affidavit from Joyce Carolyn Rogers says a police report filed in 2002 details the party and Greene’s assault.
The affidavit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court by attorney Norman Yatooma who is representing the family of Greene’s 14-year-old son, Jonathan Bond, in a $150 million lawsuit against Kwame Kilpatrick, former Chief of Staff Christine Beatty and Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings.
Greene, 27, whose stage name was Strawberry, was found shot to death early on April 30, 2003 in a car on the city’s northwest side.
Yatooma claims that Kilpatrick’s office has stifled the investigation into her death.
Rogers said in the affidavit that she worked as a senior clerk at police headquarters from 1997 until her December 2002 retirement.
As part of her duties, Rogers said she opened and read mail, and reviewed and coded police reports.
The affidavit says the 2002 police report stated that Greene and two other women were dancing at a party at the Manoogian Mansion when Carlita Kilpatrick returned unexpectedly.
Rogers recalled that the report stated Carlita Kilpatrick saw Greene “touching Mayor Kilpatrick in a manner that upset the Mayor’s wife.”
She said the police report also stated that Carlita Kilpatrick “left the room, and returned with a wooden object in her hand and began assaulting Ms. Greene.”
Men at the party tried to restrain Carlita Kilpatrick, the report claims.
It also claims Greene was taken to a hospital for her injuries.
“By filing a report, 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.
Rogers said she placed the report in an incoming basket where it should have been sorted the following day into a record file by a police sergeant.
Rogers said she called a tip line last month to disclose what she knew about the report to Detroit Police, but no one called her back.
A police spokesman said Monday evening that the department doesn’t operate that tip line and information left on it is anonymous.
James Tate also said Greene’s death is an open homicide investigation and police are going through Rogers’ affidavit and “all kinds of paperwork about what it said.”
“There are some things that we found that were questionable,” he added.
Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox in 2003 investigated and said he found no evidence that a party had occurred. Michigan State Police investigators also said that they found no evidence of wrongdoing following claims of a cover-up.
A spokesman from Cox’s office said Monday that the attorney general and Michigan State Police never were given the police report allegedly seen by Rogers.
“The reports about rumors of this incident are not new,” Rusty Hills said. “There were lots of reports. Each was followed up on, but none substantiated. Our conclusion is there was no Manoogian Mansion party and no criminal acts.”
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy also announced in 2005 that her office had planned to conduct an independent review of Greene’s death.
As part of his lawsuit in U.S. District Court, Yatooma has filed subpoenas for text messages or other electronic communications from city employees between 1:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. on the day Greene was killed.
He also is seeking global position system coordinates from city-issued pagers that show the location of each employee, Yatooma said.
A federal judge last week ordered the City of Detroit and its communication’s carrier, SkyTel, to preserve certain messages from 34 city pagers, including the mayor’s pager.
The Associated Press left messages Monday seeking comment from the mayor’s office and with attorney Mayer Morganroth, who is representing the city in the lawsuit.