Team Roc, the social justice arm of Hip-Hop mogul Jay Z’s entertainment company, is amplifying community d that the Justice Department investigate the Kansas City (Kansas) Police Department, wrting in an open letter Tuesday (Jan. 18) that “there is no excuse to justify DOJ’s silence,” reports NBC News.
Team Roc, joined by the nonprofit Midwest Innocence Project, said there is enough evidence of systemic police misconduct in the department that a “pattern or practice” investigation is necessary to review allegations of wrongdoing and discrimination.
“The DOJ’s continued inaction tells targeted minority communities held hostage to the whims of the carceral state that justice does not exist for them, that their lives do not matter,” says the letter, which is addressed to Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta.
Team Roc lawyer Alex Spiro said allegations of corruption and civil rights violations against police over the decades are not isolated.
The incidents include the case of a former Kansas City detective who was the subject of a federal investigation last year after he was accused of exploiting Black women for sex and framing people for crimes they say they did not commit.