Jay-Z’s Team ROC, took out a full-page ad in The Washington Post, calling for the U.S. Department of Justice Associate Attorney General Gupta to investigate the Kansas City, Kansas police department for allegations of rape, murder, sex trafficking, and corruption.
Team ROC filed a lawsuit against the department seeking to obtain complaints of misconduct against officers, but the department refused to produce documents relating to members’ internal investigations of wrongdoing.
“Because of the [Kansas] Public Records Act that allows interested parties to look at various states and government documents, we’re allowed to see certain files and how the government handled certain issues,” Team Roc attorney Alex Spiro said. “The government has attempted to block our access to those files, and so we’re suing to see what they don’t want us to see.”
The lawsuit named former police chief Terry Ziegler and his partner, Roger Golubski, as perpetrators of misconduct and abiding by the “blue code of silence.”
“The KCKPD is entrusted by the public to help maintain peace in the community. Yet, for years, it appears that officers have abused their power and engaged in wrongdoing,” the lawsuit stated. “To the extent that the KCKPD did not take any steps to remediate these issues, the public should have a right to know so they can organize and take appropriate steps to effect change. Allowing the public to obtain information about the scope and scale of the misconduct within the KCKPD will help ensure that the KCKPD is subject to scrutiny and oversight by the community that it is supposed to protect and defend.”
“Racism and corruption have led to one of the worst examples of abuse of power in U.S. history” Team ROC writes, “the abuse appears to be widespread and systematic.”