Kwame Kilpatrick Slander Suit

As of January 2008, Beatty, Kilpatrick, and police chief Ella Bully-Cummings are also named in a slander lawsuit. The lawsuit was brought about by two police officers that claimed to have been slandered in the media by city officials. The lawsuit stems from a 2004 incident in which the two police officers pulled Kilpatrick’s chief of staff Christine Beatty over for speeding. Beatty was irate at being stopped and bluntly asked the officers, “Do you know who the fuck I am?” when the officers came to the vehicle.[37] While stopped, Beatty called Police Chief Bully-Cummings to have the officers called off which the officers allege they were ordered to do. When reports of the incident started to surface in the media, Kilpatrick, Beatty and Bully-Cummings all claimed that the traffic stop was some type of “set-up” to harass Beatty.

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