The homes and offices of two Democratic city council members in Detroit were raided by the FBI. They were looking for evidence of corruption. This comes just about a month after Detroit City Councilman Andre Spivey was arraigned on charges of committing bribery. There could be a connection between Spivey and members of the city council, Janee Ayers and Scott Benson. Spivey is accused of accepting $35,000 dollars in bribes but he is only being charged with accepting a $1,000 bribe.
Spivey’s lawyer says that his client has been cooperating with authorities for about a year now. There have now been 4 Detroit city councilpersons who have been indicted in corruption investigations all within the past year. This recent case involves payoffs involving the municipal towing operations. That is a very lucrative contract to have. The police and other agencies always have cars towed quite frequently.
FBI special agent Tim Waters addressed the media outside the city hall:
“Why are we doing this? Why are we doing these search warrants? Because the citizens of Detroit have a right to a city government that is free of corruption.”
“Simply what we’re doing today is collecting evidence which will be presented to the U.S. attorney’s office in the Eastern District of Michigan, who will make all the decisions on charging in this ongoing investigation.”
This is wholesale corruption, but what can you expect in a city run by all Democrats. That’s like passing a law to keep dogs from relieving themselves on fire hydrant. It may be illegal, but it’s going to happen anyway. It’s just the natures of dogs and Democrats. You can either live with it or elect Republicans. Your choice.
The raids came just weeks after Detroit City Councilman Andre Spivey was arraigned on one charge of conspiracy to commit bribery in federal court. Spivey’s next court date is Sept. 28.
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City Councilwoman Raquel Castañeda-López said in a statement that she was “horrified and heartbroken” over the raids, but added that she would press for “mandatory annual training on the city’s ethics ordinance” to help city officials avoid committing corruption.
A neighbor to Benson told the Detroit News she was shocked to see the councilman’s home being raided.
“In my opinion, when you see the FBI, they’ve already been investigating you and they raid your house looking for the evidence now. That’s how I look at it,” said Merlynn Sargent.