Another one for the scrapbooks. Jailed Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s mugshot has been released to the public. This is his second mugshot in months. Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was jailed Thursday afternoon after a 36th District Court judge found him guilty of violating the terms of his bond.
Wayne County Sheriff Warren Evans held a press conference Thursday afternoon, after the Mayor was safely transported to the Wayne County Jail in Downtown Detroit.
“The Mayor will be treated no better or no worse than every other prisoner in the same situation in the Wayne County Jail,” Evans explained. “The Mayor will be put in a restrictive area for high profile people. This goes in accordance with the policies that dictate how to handle high profile prisoners.”
Wayne County Deputy Sheriff Warren Evans also added that because of the altercation that the Mayor incited between himself and a Wayne County sheriff a few weeks back, Kilpatrick’s involvement with the inside administration ”will be restricted to some extent.” Mayor Kilpatrick will have access to his attorneys and allowed a visitor within 24 hours.
Thursday morning, Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick stood before 36th District Court Judge Ronald Giles and said “I’m sorry.”
“This is not an affront to you and this court…I have been doing the best of my ability. I always listen to my attorneys and I am trying to be a good mayor.”
With that, Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick went into his litany of excuses for why he knowingly and consciously broke the terms of his bond on July 23. The first target? The media. “I have been under intense media scrutiny for the past seven months.” He then started to elaborate about the numerous helicopters and reporters that follow him every day. “That reporter right over there,” Mayor Kilpatrick pointed out in the court room, “sits outside my house every day.”
Then Kilpatrick blamed “the $300 million dollar deficit that was left to me by the previous administration.” That would be former Mayor Dennis Archer. He indirectly blamed the Windsor City Council for nearly letting the Detroit/ Windsor Tunnel fall through the cracks. If it was not for his own quick thinking and timing, Mayor Kilpatrick explained, the City of Detroit would have eventually come to a screeching halt.
“If I didn’t dig in to get this deal back on track,” Kilpatrick rattled on, “700 police officers would have lost their jobs, fire fighters would be laid-off and recreation centers would have to close.”
Which is why Mayor Kilpatrick made the “emergency decision” to make a quick jaunt across the tunnel to “make a presentation to the Windsor City Council and I succeeded,” meaning he was able to convince the Windsor City Council to go along with the deal to run the Detroit side of the tunnel. “I respect the process and I did violate the bond because the Windsor City Council had decided to veto the deal,” Kilpatrick confessed boldly. So, the blame also is shared with the Windsor City Council.
He concluded his statement by saying: ”I told my sons to watch these proceedings because I did something wrong. I’m not disrespecting you or this court or the City of Detroit.”
Deputy Mayor Kandia Milton will have the official job of running the City of Detroit overnight as Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick languishes in a Wayne County Jail cell for violating his bond.
The Office of Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick released this statement to the public minutes ago:
“Detroit government will continue to operate as usual. As there is in any city, a deputy mayor is appointed to over see city operations in the Mayor’s absence.
“A letter filed with the City Clerk nearly two weeks ago appointed Kandia Milton as Deputy Mayor beginning August 1. Mayor Kilpatrick has also appointed very talented directors and deputy directors to run day to day operations of our city.
“Trash will continue to be collected, recreation centers will remain open. Grass will be cut and fires extinguished. Once again, residents can be assured government will continue to operate as usual.”
In a stunning, but not so surprising move this morning, 36th District Court Judge Ronald Giles remanded Detroit’s embattled mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, to the Wayne County Jail, thereby revoking his already threatened bond. In court, Mayor Kilpatrickawaited his fate with a solemn expression on his face.
The hearing was called when the court was notified that Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick made a specified trip to Canada on July 23, without informing the court. It was noted that the mayor made numerous calls that day in preparation for his trip, however, for some reason, failed to notify the proper authorities of his plans or whereabouts. It is also not known at this time if the Canada trip was business related.
Judge Ronald Giles asked for a two minute break before he alerted the court of his decision. Stating that Mayor Kilpatrick had made a previous appearance before the court just weeks ago after being involved in a shoving incident with a Wayne County Sheriff, and was thereby warned not to appear in front of the bench again before trial, Judge Giles said that even if the mayor was “John Sixpack,” he would say what came next: “You are remanded to the Wayne County Jail.”
An appeal hearing is scheduled for Friday morning at 9am. But for now, Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will have to spend the night in jail.
If you have read any of Lavande & Chocolat Amer’s coverage of Kwame Kilpatrick and the historical circus mess in Detroit, you will recall that WE predicted that Mayor Kilpatrick would indeed see the insides of a jail. Now, this particular ‘stay’ will more than likely be a temporary one. But, by the end of this year, Kwame Kilpatrick will be trading in the lush digs of the Manoogian Mansion for a prison cell and a jumpsuit.
Keep up the Good Work, Kwame!