Are these Ralph Godbee's last hours as Detroit police chief? - New York News

Are these Ralph Godbee's last hours as Detroit police chief?

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DETROIT -- Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee is still out of town and suspended from his job after Officer Angelica Robinson exposed their alleged affair.

It's the stuff of international headlines.  The chief's jilted lover tweeting him a photograph with a gun inside her mouth after she found out he was canoodling with another in San Diego.

"He had been denying her for about a couple of weeks, his relationship with her," said Robinson, whom Godbee lovingly refers to as "Jelly".

Well, Jelly got jealous.

"I know who he is and what he's about," she said.

Which is what?

"The true Ralph Godbee that is not the Pastor Godbee that he portrays to be.  He is a sex addict.  He loves to have sex with all different women."

However, this isn't about sex.  This is about the misuse of public office and police resources because Godbee dispatched a police squad to find her faster than they would ever send some cops to your house with an armed robber inside.  They triangulated her cell phone.  They tailed her.  They followed her all the way to Farmington Hills without telling the Farmington Hills Police Department.

Here is how Jelly's sister, Nishah, said the evening shook out.

"The guy was following us.  We got out of the car.  When we got out of the car, he got out of the car, too."

"He goes, 'Well, you know, I've been following you for about 25, 30 minutes now.'  She goes, 'Well, I don't even know who you are.'  He kept asking does she have her gun with her."

"She was like, 'Yes, I do have my gun.'  He was like, 'Well give it to me.'  She goes, 'No, I'm not going to give you my weapon.'"

"He had to be scared to say let me see your hands because she didn't know who he was to begin with.  She didn't even know he was following her."

"He had to be an officer from the department, Detroit Police Department."

Sadly, this is not the first time the chief has been caught with his trousers down.  His predecessor, Chief Warren Evans, got fired for sleeping with a subordinate.  It turns out that the new chief, Godbee, had also slept with her.

The mayor overlooked it, said Karen Dumas, then the communications director for city hall.  But in politics, she said, there are no second chances.

"He ought to consider resignation.  I think first he does owe the public, the community some kind of response.  I think in any crisis situation, you have to own up and fess up to whatever the facts are for better or worse, and for the best interest of the city, he may want to consider doing so."

Former Chief Warren Evans, too, said it's time to move on.

"Whenever you have some internal confusion, it sets what you're trying to do going forward back a little, but that's water under the bridge now.  Now it's what are we going to do about making Detroit safer."

"The men and women of the Detroit Police Department are some of the most loyal and dedicated employees in the country doing what they do and they certainly deserve honest and credible leadership, and so this is going to hit them hard," said Detroit City Council President Pro-tem Gary Brown.

This is the part of the story where Mayor Dave Bing steps up and tells a beleaguered city this is the way it goes and this is what we're doing, but nothing from city hall.  Bing apparently is out of town in an undisclosed location.

As for Godbee, even his inner circle is not being informed of his intentions, but he's scheduled to arrive at Metro Airport at 6:49 p.m. Wednesday.

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