Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr. is a lifelong Detroiter and veteran of the department.(Photo: By William Archie, Detroit Free Press)
Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr. was suspended Tuesday amid
accusations that he had an affair with a female police officer -- the
second sex scandal to tarnish his tenure since he took the helm in 2010.
attorney for Detroit Police Officer Angelica Robinson, who works in
internal affairs, told the Detroit Free Press his client has been in a
relationship with Godbee for "many months."
After the scandal broke Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Dave Bing suspended Godbee. The chief could not be reached by the Free Press for comment.
learning of the allegations regarding Chief Ralph Godbee, I have placed
him on a 30-day suspension pending a full and thorough investigation of
this matter," Bing said in a statement. "In the interim, Assistant
Chief Chester Logan will assume the duties and responsibilities of
Detroit police spokeswoman Sgt. Eren Stephens said
Godbee was scheduled to be at the International Association of Chiefs
of Police conferencethis week in San Diego. The conference runs through
Wednesday, according to its website.
Robinson declined to comment when reached by the Free Press,
directing questions to her attorney. Her LinkedIn account indicates she
works in internal affairs and has been a Detroit police officer since
Attorney David Robinson confirmed he is representing Angelica Robinson. He said she tried to sever her relationship with Godbee.
was trying to cut it off and he didn't like that," David Robinson said.
"And apparently she was, she was very depressed apparently, and the
concern was whether or not she was going to take her own life, and
Godbee got wind of that and, I guess, tried to intervene."
said his client's gun was taken away, and she is going to be evaluated
by a doctor. Other media reports have indicated Angelica Robinson became
upset after discovering Godbee may have been at the conference in San
Diego with another woman. David Robinson said he did not have
information on another woman.
On Tuesday, Godbee and a woman were
booked in a room at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, according to the
hotel. Earlier today, a Twitter account believed to belong to the woman
with Godbee showed pictures of her standing on what appears to be a
balcony with the message: "Breakfast by the Bay!"
WXYZ reported Godbee and his wife are going through a divorce.
took over as chief two years ago after former Chief Warren Evans was
forced to resign after he marketed himself in a teaser for a reality
program and also had a relationship with a subordinate, Lt. Monique
At the time, Bing said Evans' relationship with
Patterson compromised his ability to lead. The mayor named Godbee, a
lifelong Detroiter and veteran of the department, interim chief in July
2010. That September, he was given the top job.
But shortly after
being named chief, Patterson released text messages showing she also
had a romantic relationship with Godbee. In the wake of that revelation,
Bing's office issued a release that quoted former Deputy Mayor Saul
"Ralph Godbee has proven that he is the right man to lead
the Detroit Police Department," the release said, noting that the city
received a number of qualified candidates but felt Godbee "is the person
to lead DPD in our efforts to improve public safety."
Robinson said Angelica Robinson is upset about the situation and said
Godbee put pressure on his client.According to her LinkedIn account,
Angelica Robinson is the founder and president of Soaring Eagles
Alternative, which is described on its website as a nonprofit founded in
2009 "to promote the strengths and abilities of youth and families by
providing community-based services that empower and enrich to face
life's challenges with the utmost respect, dignity and integrity."
On the site, Angelica Robinson acknowledges Godbee "for being a very dear friend."
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