Detroit mayor suspends police chief during probe

Associated Press Modified: October 3, 2012 at 12:53 pm •  Published: October 3, 2012
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DETROIT (AP) — For the second time in two years, a Detroit police chief is embroiled in a sex scandal.

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing suspended Ralph Godbee on Tuesday from his $140,400-a-year job amid allegations that the married chief of police had a sexual relationship with a subordinate.

Godbee, 44, and Angelica Robinson, a 37-year-old internal affairs officer, had been conducting an affair that she said had run its course, according to her attorney, David Robinson.

"There was a sexual relationship between my client and Godbee," David Robinson told The Associated Press on Tuesday evening. "She was trying to end the relationship, and Godbee didn't want to let it go."

Bing fired Godbee's predecessor, Warren Evans, in 2010, partly because he was romantically involved with a female officer.

In the more recent case, Angelica Robinson posted a photo of herself with her service weapon in her mouth on the social media site Twitter after learning Godbee was at a weekend police conference with another woman, David Robinson said.

He said Godbee had other officers locate Angelica Robinson and put her under surveillance.

"Obviously, it raised the implication of suicide," David Robinson said. "The story is that she was hurt he was at a conference with another woman. Certainly this has created a lot of pressure. Unfairly, her future is a little bit uncertain. She has to suffer the humiliation."

Angelica Robinson has been reassigned from internal affairs to other duties and does not have use of her service weapon. The mayor said in a statement Tuesday that he has suspended Godbee for 30 days "pending a full and thorough investigation of this matter."

Assistant Chief Chester Logan will assume Godbee's responsibilities during the suspension, Bing said.

Godbee was not available for comment late Tuesday, police spokeswoman Sgt. Eren Stephens said.

Angelica Robinson, who is married, told her attorney that the relationship with Godbee lasted about a year.

The relationship was consensual, but the police chief "exceeded his professional status ... (and) breached the trust of the department," David Robinson said.

Godbee filed for divorce from his wife, Yolanda, in August, according to Wayne County court records reviewed Wednesday by The Associated Press.



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