Jay-Z’s Team Roc Files Lawsuit Against Kansas City Police Department

In Summary

Jay-Z's Team Roc, the philanthropic part of his record label, filed a lawsuit against Kansas City Police Department for covering up police misconduct. 

Jay-Z’s Team Roc is pushing for police reform within the Kansas City Police Department after the group filed a lawsuit on Monday for allegations of covering up police misconduct.  

The group filed the lawsuit in Wyandotte County, Kansas’s district court, demanding a look at the members of KCKPD’s investigative department. This lawsuit includes documents dealing with the training and supervision of KCKPD officers, ABC News reported.  

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Alex Spiro, Team Roc’s lawyer and representation in the suit, spoke with the news outlet about the documents that were submitted under the Kansas Open Records Act were “not sufficient.”  

“Because of the Kansas Public Records Act that allows interested parties to look at various states and government documents, we’re allowed to see certain files and how the government handled certain issues,” Spiro said. “The government has attempted to block our access to those files, and so we’re suing to see what they don’t want us to see.” 

The lawsuit against Kansas Police Department alleges the department showed documents connected to the complaints against the Investigative Division officers, however they “refused to produce” information describing what steps the city has taken to deal with these complaints.  

The Team Roc lawsuit filed mentioned several allegations of misconduct by Kansas Police Department, including a police officer accused of a sex crime with a minor and two officers who assaulted an inmate.  

“These documents will help identify the scope of the problem, any potential evidence of a cover-up, and also the potential causes,” the lawsuit states

“The Kansas City, Kansas Police Department continues to be willing, and available, to assist any agency working any investigation involving our department,” a spokesman for the Kansas City, Kansas, police department told The Wyandotte Daily in a statement in July. “Our relationship with the community is of utmost importance, which is why we are focused on strengthening current relationships and restoring those that have been broken.”

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation claims, “Some exceptions to the Kansas Open Records Act include criminal investigation records, criminal intelligence information and most personnel records.” 

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The goal of Team Roc’s lawsuit, according to the legal team, is to, “[Seek] documents outside of the scope of personnel records to determine if complaints are being seriously addressed and whether there is sufficient oversight and supervision over the KCKPD.” 

Rapper Jay-Z’s philanthropic organization, Team Roc, has been fighting for more criminal justice and police reform through multiple initiatives.  

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