Roger Golubski, police investigation into the race problems of the mayor of the KCK

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The case of the accused serial rapist featured prominently in Wednesday’s mayoral debate.

Roger Golubski, the highly accused former Kansas City, Kansas police detective, is indeed on the ballot in Tuesday’s mayoral election.

No, he does not run away, except against the law, which may or may not even want to catch him.

But during a mayoral debate on Wednesday night, outgoing President David Alvey hinted that his challenger Tyrone Garner is complicit in Golubski’s many alleged crimes because Garner worked at the KCKPD for decades and therefore needed to know what happened.

It may be true; how could Garner not have known?

But Garner responded that he’s not the guy who turned a blind eye to corruption as mayor. And are we really going to blame him, the black one, for Golubski’s life of crimes against the black community, he asked? And it is even more true.

Because let’s face it: everyone knew. As a former KCK drug dealer told me, Golubski at the time “ran everything, and everyone in town knew it. It was sheer chaos – you could look out the courthouse window and see it – so how could you not know? Golubski was the biggest gangster there.

Alvey had a quasi-coronary when I asked him about KCK’s nepotism in an interview before the mayor’s primary. Here’s a fact: David Alvey’s brother Andrew also worked for the KCKPD while Golubski was there as well, before moving on to the local FBI office which did nothing about many (many) reports of his actions. reprehensible.

At the end of the line ? I wish Garner would stop saying he didn’t know anything about nothing, because that makes him stupid, and I don’t think that’s correct.

But a vote for Alvey is undoubtedly a vote to keep things the way they are. This is why he could very well win: the beneficiaries of the patronage system, who work for the undiversified unified government, have every reason to come on Tuesday.

When the victims of the system don’t even think the votes will be counted accurately, then why participate?

Alvey: No independent police investigation necessary

Garner is not Joan of Arc, and I am not claiming the contrary. But at least he’s not saying all is well when it’s not. And that’s absolutely what Alvey said and said.

During Wednesday’s debate, Alvey was asked why he had not said more about the corruption of the KCKPD earlier: Over the past two years, Alvey said: “The town’s legal adviser was aware of this grand jury investigation “of Golubski and his friends,” and because the police department was involved, we provided all the documentation, everything that was requested in this investigation, the UG was cooperating with that, but again, we have been informed legally, don’t say anything as this is an FBI investigation, you just can’t get into this conversation. And so, we didn’t.

Not. True. Alvey has weighed in, several times, to suggest all is well. “Frankly, I don’t think we need an independent investigation from the police department,” he told our editorial board in July. “I think we need to ask the chief, who is responsible for this, to present us with an honest assessment based on his experience and understanding of what is needed, and I trust (new police chief Karl) Oakman for the to do. I think if Chief Oakman says I need more help figuring this out, then – and of course, we know that KBI has investigated some things. They handed him over to the FBI. The FBI is currently investigating, so I’m not commenting on that, obviously, but whatever comes out of those investigations, if anything is missing, we’re going to keep watching, but I don’t think … stadium, I am not asking for an investigation from the Department of Justice.

It is not to say nothing. This is to say that there is nothing to say.

When asked about the community’s lack of trust in the police, Alvey challenged the premise of the question: “I would say that is not correct. There are some parts of our community that don’t trust, but most of our community don’t ask. I guess it depends on what you think “our community” looks like.

“All white people get nervous”

And at least Garner says no, in fact, all is not well.

“Mr. Garner, you were in the police force for 22 years while Mr. Golubski was a cop,” he was asked in Wednesday’s debate. “The cops talk. You didn’t know anything about the police. Golubski’s reputation?

No, says Garner, “The person you’re talking about started in 1975 when I was 6 years old. … I entered management as a deputy head in 2015. The person you are talking about retired in 2010. ”

“The person you are talking about” is not Voldemort; it’s just Roger Golubski, and we shouldn’t be afraid to say his name.

“Read the stories on this case,” Garner said during the debate, “because it’s really important that you know the facts. And the point is, there has been a concentrated effort from day one to prevent any independent investigation from entering Wyandotte County. … This mayor dragged his feet in this regard.

It is 100% true.

I find it less convincing that Garner didn’t hear a thing: “I didn’t run in a lot of circles. I don’t want to put race in there, but race is in there. The victims of these crimes, they do not look like the people who really reflect the arguments of this conversation. They look like me. And I take offense that anyone who suggests that when allegations of wrongdoing – egregious allegations of wrongdoing – are made against people in this community are part of my community, that I’m going to sit there and do nothing? It’s shameful, it’s not who I am and who I’ve ever been.

In response, Alvey said, “I did nothing to try to stop any investigation. It would be pointless. … I would never, ever deprive people of justice. It’s not who I am.

I don’t know who Alvey is, but putting the blame for the black man on the police is totally ridiculous.

Before Tuesday’s election, “all white people are getting nervous,” one elected official told me. Because they know if Tyrone Garner is elected then everyone is more likely to be investigated.

And for me, that’s why he should be elected.

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Melinda Henneberger is Vice President and Editorial Page Editor for The Star. She has covered crime, local and state governments, hospitals, social services, prisons and national politics. For 10 years, she was a reporter for the New York Times in New York, Washington, DC and Rome. She was a Pulitzer finalist for Commentary in 2021, Editorial Writing in 2020, and Commentary in 2019. She received the Mike Royko Award for Commentary and Columnist Writing from the News Leaders Association in 2019 and the Scripps Prize Howard Walker Stone for opinion writing in 2018.

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