Team Rock claims city officials refused to submit documents in response to record requests
Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, LLC, through its Team Roc initiative, has filed a lawsuit against the government in Kansas City, Kansas and its police department, accusing the parties of covering up alleged misconduct by officers .
A petition was filed on Monday, September 20, in the District Court of Wyndote County, Kansas. In it, Rock Nation, LLC claims that city officials refused to produce records in response to multiple records requests involving officers who have been alleged of misconduct.
“It is an open secret that the KCKPD has a history of misconduct. For decades, members of the KCKPD have used fabricated witness statements and testimonies to solicit and coerce plant evidence, power to procure sexual favors and Abused your positions of authority. Hide your own misconduct and ignore the misconduct of others,” the petition begins.
“These abuses were enabled by the KCKPD’s failure to adequately train and supervise its officers, particularly the Criminal Investigation Division. And, at all times, the blue curtain of silence within the KCKPD has allowed these bad actors to be protected from any also allowed to evade accountability and prevented the KCKPD from telling the horrific story of widespread corruption,” the court filing continues.
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Roc Nation, LLC was established in 2008. Its philanthropic division, known as Team Roc, is “committed to social justice, working to drive positive change, raise awareness of injustice, and bring about collective action in communities across the United States.” Specify court docs. The petition was filed under the Kansas Open Records Act.
The filing includes examples of alleged misconduct within the police department, including a 2020 incident where a police officer was accused of buying sex “on duty and in uniform.” Other examples listed in the docs include an incident where an officer was charged with indecent liberties raising a felony against a child, and a separate case involving eight KCKPD officers who were accused of allegedly entering a home. and a Kansas City resident was prosecuted for possession of a gun. The latter incident resulted in the alleged victim being kicked until he lost consciousness, causing permanent damage to his back, the petition claimed.
Other incidents are from 2018 and 2011. The court recalled a 2018 incident in which a female police cadet filed a formal complaint against supervisors with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Kansas Human Rights Commission. The officer claimed that he was fired by his former supervising officer for reporting sexual harassment and assault.
The court filing also points to a sting operation conducted by the FBI and three KCKPD officers who were “federally charged with a multi-year conspiracy to steal cash and other personal property from residents’ homes while serving search warrants.” was convicted.” The three officers pleaded guilty to a serious conspiracy to violate the civil rights of citizens, the document further says.
According to the petition, the Police Scorecard reportedly ranked the Kansas City Police Department 447 out of 500 police departments in the US.
Rock Nation claims that the city has refused to produce documents for multiple requests. The plaintiff claims that his release of the requested documents would reveal “adequate monitoring and supervision over the KCKPD”.
“While the City has agreed to produce documents relating to complaints made against members of the Investigative Division of the KCKPD, they have also agreed to produce documents relating to any investigation or disciplinary proceedings taken by the City in response to those complaints. has been refused to submit to the complaint. initiated as a result of the complaints,” the filing said.
Team Rock’s managing director Dania Diaz said in a statement this week that she hopes the lawsuit sheds light on alleged misconduct within the department. “With respect to any public institution that we pay to support and protect, we have to put pressure on it so that we are supported and protected, and of course so are the people in Kansas City, Kansas.”
Representatives for the Kansas City Police Department in Kansas did not immediately return Granthshala News’ request for comment.