If you are an avid reader of “Lavande’ & Chocolat Amer,” then you are familiar with the assessment that was given here in regards to the state of affairs in Detroit. Though the calls for Mayor Kilpatrick’s head in the form of a resignation letter would be a slight improvement in Detroit, it would just be that…slight.
As was seen all over the country Thursday, justice is spelled grammatically different in Detroit, Michigan. Only in Detroit will you find an obvious and blatant “suspect” Circuit Court Judge name Leonard Townsend, practice his own tailored style of justice for a man that has been charged with multiple felony counts and found in violation of his bond. Because Mayor Kilpatrick is “an important person,” in Judge Townsend’s eyes, it is “unfair” to impose a restrictive consequence to a defendant that has repeatedly shown contempt for the bond that he is under. The defendant shouldn’t have to wear an embarrassing electronic tether on his person so the Court can be well-informed of his movements. In Judge Townsend’s eyes, all of this is mere “silliness.”
Well, I do agree with Judge Townsend on that point: the silliness of this entire Kilpatrick saga.
Yes, it is “silly” for the mayor of a major city in the U.S. to be walking around with a tether on. But who caused this minor event to occur? The mayor himself by knowingly and purposely violating the conditions of his bond and landing his behind in jail. That was straight up “silly.” When the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department attempted to serve a subpoena on one of Kilpatrick’s friends at his sisters’ residence, and the mayor proceeded to instigate a shoving match, that was “silly,” too. Cheating on your wife like she is just a nobody that birthed three of your children, that is “silly.” You know that I can continue with this train of thought, right?
But Kwame Kilpatrick isn’t the worst part of Detroit’s problems. As I previously mentioned in a another column, Detroit needs to be cleaned from the top down. It is more than obvious to the world that a lot wrong with the city of Detroit stems from those who have the power or are a part of the power structure. With the performance of Judge Townsend, so alarmingly and appallingly on ‘the take,’ it is not hard to understand why Kwame Kilpatrick is still in office. How could a judge out and out, in front of the whole entire viewing audience, bend the rules with an ‘in you face’ sarcastic attitude and a smile, and the citizens of Detroit not riot?
It is because the rotting stench of back-door politicking has become a way of life in Detroit. While the mayor temporarily gains a victory because he “is an important person,” African American men in Detroit are being shuffled to jail for life on trumped up convictions just to close out a potential cold case. While it is okay for the mayor to ‘jump bail’ by “simply going across the street” to Canada, (which by the way IS a country, Councilwoman Barbara Rose Collins!) can the same be said for ole ‘Joe Blow’ on Kercheval? Doesn’t someone in his life deem him “important,” too?
So, the next African American man that comes through the court of Judge Townsend should expect, no deserves to be treated like the mayor was today, right? WRONG! The corruption going down in Detroit and that was on perfect display for the world to see, doesn’t begin or end with the resignation of Kwame Kilpatrick. He is just a minor player in these stench-drenched games.