Detroit mayor used police budget for wife's lavish lifestyle

The Detroit Free Press

DETROIT – Text messages obtained by the Free Press raise new questions about an old controversy: Lincoln Navigators police officials obtained for Carlita Kilpatrick, the wife of Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

The text messages show that in the fall of 2002, Ella Bully-Cummings, then assistant police chief, was instrumental in acquiring a new Navigator for Detroit’s first lady, long before the infamous red Lincoln Navigator controversy of 2005, when reporters learned the city paid nearly $25,000 to lease a replacement Navigator for the mayor’s wife.

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