Federal grand jury indicts Kansas City police officer who allegedly ‘exploited and terrorized’ black residents for decades



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Federal authorities in Kansas arrested a retired Kansas City police department homicide detective on Thursday accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting two women decades ago.

The charges against Roger Golubski stem from a years-long grand jury investigation first reported by CNN in October.

The former detective was also the subject of an explosive civil lawsuit by a wrongfully convicted man, Lamonte McIntyre, and his mother, who alleged that Golubski committed a double homicide in 1994 and committed numerous other crimes spanning three decades. the police The lawsuit said Golubski “exploited and terrorized” black residents of the city’s north side.

The case, which was set for trial in the fall, was settled this summer for $12.5 million. Neither Golubski nor the other officers involved admitted wrongdoing. An attorney representing Golubski in the case declined to comment.

The six-count indictment unsealed Thursday alleges Golubski assaulted the two women while acting “under color of law,” meaning he used his police position to commit the crimes, which prosecutors say occurred in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Golubski retired from the department in 2010.

The women are referred to only by their initials and the five-page indictment provides few details about the circumstances of the alleged sexual assaults and abductions.

Golubski, 69, was arrested early Thursday at his home in suburban Kansas City, according to Police Chief Karl Oakman.

“They went to his house and knocked on the door and arrested him,” Oakman said in a brief phone interview.

Oakman said the department has been “fully cooperating” with the FBI, but declined to comment further.

News of Golubski’s arrest spread on local social media Thursday, and social justice activists and politicians welcomed the indictment. Khadijah Hardaway, a community organizer who has long called for Golubski’s arrest, celebrated in a Facebook post: “To God be all the glory!” Kansas State Sen. Cindy Holscher, a Democrat, “has been watching Roger Golubski arrested for a long time.”

Team Roc, the social justice and philanthropic arm of Jay-Z’s rap entertainment company Roc Nation, displayed a banner on their social media profiles. The group took out a full-page ad in the Washington Post last year calling the alleged police corruption in Kansas City “one of the worst examples of abuse of power in American history” and calling on the Justice Department to investigate Golubski and Kansas City. Kansas Police Department.

As CNN previously reported, multiple former police officers were subpoenaed before a grand jury last year. Terry Zeigler, the former chief who once worked as Golubski’s partner in the homicide, told the panel that he told Golubski he was secretive about his personal life, but that he never saw him do anything wrong.

Golubski was expected to make an initial appearance in federal court in Topeka later today, according to two sources familiar with the matter.