Officer Sues Detroit Mayor, Chief Over Transfer

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A police lieutenant sued Detroit’s mayor and police chief yesterday, reports the Detroit News. The officer contends that he was transferred for pressing an investigation into the murder of an exotic dancer. Lt. Alvin Bowman says he was reassigned this month after pursuing the investigation of the woman’s death a year ago. That murder also was investigated by the Michigan State Police and Attorney General’s Office as part of an inquiry into Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his police security detail.

Bowman is the third veteran officer in 11 months to seek damages through lawsuits, claiming they were reassigned or fired in connection with allegations stemming from a rumored wild party at the Manoogian Mansion, the mayor’s residence. Kilpatrick says no party took place.

Bowman, a Detroit officer for 31 years, headed a homicide squad investigating the murder of dancer Tamara Greene, who may have performed at the alleged Manoogian party, the suit says. Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings said Kilpatrick’s office had no involvement in Bowman’s transfer and was “not aware of the cases he was investigating. I decided to reassign Lt. Bowman because he did not follow department procedures, and it is unfortunate that he is spinning a conspiracy theory to cover his own failings.”

After a five-week investigation, state Attorney General Mike Cox said last June that he had found no wrongdoing by the mayor or his aides. His investigation also found no link between them and Greene’s death. “There is absolutely no evidence – outside of outlandish rumor – of the so-called Manoogian Mansion party,” Cox said.

Link: http://www.detnews.com/2004/metro/0404/22/a01-130385.htm

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