Public Service and Civic Virtue in Detroit

Kwame Kilpatrick
Still Rollin' with Kwame

…are apparently understood differently than they are in most of the rest of the country:

federal grand jury today indicted former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, his father and three former top aides on racketeering charges, accusing them of turning the mayor’s office into a criminal enterprise to enrich themselves, families and friends.

Besides the now-jailed former mayor, the 38-count indictment names his father, Bernard Kilpatrick, city contractor Bobby Ferguson, former top Kilpatrick aide Derrick Miller and former water department chief Victor Mercado in one of the largest public corruption investigations ever in the City of Detroit…

…The 89-page indictment outlined four general areas of misconduct.

It said the defendants extorted money from municipal contractors, state and non-profit donors and engaged in bribery and extortion involving other public contracts and investments.

As a friend who hails from SE Michigan reminds me, the only people who are left in Detroit are those who can’t afford to leave.  You can imagine what happens to the voter base when the situation gets that bad.  Hence, they elect crooks like Kilpatrick and the city enters the final phase of its death spiral.

But I gotta remember:  He didn’t just get up in here by just comin’; y’all sent him up in here!  So I gotta be careful ’bout how I talk about yawz boi…

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