Ex-Kilpatrick bodyguard suspended for doing personal business while working
Detroit — The former police bodyguard of disgraced ex-mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was suspended Thursday after he left his post while working downtown, drove a relative from Dearborn to Southfield and then falsified his activity log.
Loronzo “Greg” Jones, who played football with Kilpatrick at Cass Tech High School and was at the center of controversies involving the former mayor, found himself in more hot water Thursday when the Board of Police Commissioners upheld a Trial Board decision last year to suspend him for 16 days.
While working in uniform as part of the Detroit Police Secondary Employment Program on Feb. 19, 2014, Jones drove a squad car to the Fairlane Town Center Apartments in Dearborn and picked up a relative, identified as Anthony Morris, whom he drove to an apartment complex on 9 Mile in Southfield. He was gone three hours.
A citizen spotted the squad car in Southfield and alerted police officials, Detroit Police Disciplinary Administration Sgt. Cheryl McCoy-O’Neill said during the police board meeting.
In an Internal Affairs investigation audio and video from the squad car showed Jones lied when he claimed he hadn’t left his post. “He didn’t realize they were on,” McCoy-O’Neill said.
Jones, who joined the police force in 1989 and is assigned to the Traffic Enforcement Bureau, then logged incorrect information about his whereabouts. The Secondary Employment Program was launched in May 2011 to allow businesses to hire Detroit officers, who wear uniforms and drive squad cars, to provide security.
“We’re representing the department, wearing uniforms and driving scout cars,” McCoy-O’Neill said. “These weren’t simply omissions; he wrote that he was at his post when he wasn’t. That’s an out-and-out lie.”
The business for whom Jones was working was not disclosed at Thursday’s meeting.
Board chairman Willie Bell added: “We don’t need a black eye. Officers fought hard for the Secondary Employment Program, so they can supplement their incomes. How can the business community have any confidence in these officers if we don’t take this matter seriously?”
A Detroit Police trial board in October 2014 ruled to suspend Jones for 16 days without pay or benefits, a ruling that was upheld unanimously Thursday. However, the board was split on whether Jones would be immediately allowed back into the Secondary Employment Program, an issue which they will discuss later.
Jones has a history of controversy. A Trial Board imposed a 160-day suspension on him in 1998. An arbitrator reduced the penalty to 40 days, with 20 days held in abeyance for six months, although the reason for the suspension has not been determined. In 1993, he was suspended without pay for three days for carrying an unlicensed revolver while operating a vehicle.
During investigations into Kilpatrick, which culminated in the former mayor being convicted of racketeering and sentenced to 28 years in federal prison, police officers testified in court Jones and fellow Kilpatrick bodyguard Michael Martin used their friendship with the mayor to intimidate police officers and break rules.
Walter Harris, also a Kilpatrick bodyguard, told investigators Jones and Martin racked up massive overtime, drank on duty, covered up car crashes and acted unprofessionally.
Former Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox investigated Jones and “confirmed overtime abuses and shoddy record-keeping.” Jones and Martin, who ran the security detail, were reassigned.