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Jay-Z’s Team Roc Files Lawsuit Against Kansas Police Department for Allegedly Covering Up Misconduct

Jay-Z’s social justice group, Team Roc, has filed a lawsuit against the police department in Kansas City, Kansas.

According to CBS News, the lawsuit is part of an ongoing effort to obtain complaints of alleged misconduct against police officers in the department.

The team filed the lawsuit Monday in the Wyandotte County District Court. It claims the department rejected repeated record requests involving officers from its investigative division accused of misconduct.

“The KCKPD is entrusted by the public to help maintain peace in the community. Yet, for years, it appears that officers have abused their power and engaged in wrongdoing,” the lawsuit reads. “To the extent that the KCKPD did not take any steps to remediate these issues, the public should have a right to know so they can organize and take appropriate steps to effect change.”

The lawsuit cites several reports of alleged misconduct to justify the request. This year, one officer was reportedly charged with “buying sexual relations,” and last year, another was reportedly charged with sex crimes involving a minor.

Team Roc is advocating for reforms within police departments and correctional facilities across the country. 

According to attorneys, Team Roc filed several requests “outside of the scope of personnel records” that will help the public better understand the department’s response to complaints about alleged misconduct and whether or not there is “sufficient oversight” for the department.

“Allowing the public to obtain information about the scope and scale of the misconduct within the KCKPD will help ensure that the KCKPD is subject to scrutiny and oversight by the community that it is supposed to protect and defend,” the lawsuit reads.

“With regard to any public institution that we pay to support and protect us, we have to put the pressure on so that we are supported and protected, and certainly so are the people in Kansas City, Kansas,” Dania Diaz, Team Roc’s managing director said.

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Author: Ashantai Hathaway

J.D. Smith is a Tech Investor, Author, and Economist. He is the Founder of Visionary Creative International, a Tech-Based Consumer Solutions Company. He is also the Publisher for Black Media Daily, a 24/7 media outlet providing a voice for black content creators and a place to control their image throughout the Diaspora. J.D. is also the co-author of the book 100 Questions Black People Should Ask themselves, and a best-selling author of the book Made By Hustle. As a digital nomad, he promotes the importance of black travel and working from anywhere.