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Sheriff Evans backs deputy; his daughter resigns from Kilpatrick’s staff

BY BEN SCHMITT • FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER • July 28, 2008

Wayne County Sheriff Warren Evans today bristled at any suggestion that one of his detectives should have arrested Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick during last week alleged porch-shoving incident.

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His office also announced, meanwhile, that Evans’ daughter has resigned from working for the mayor.

Evans said he would have supported Detective Brian White if he had decided Thursday to arrest the mayor, for whom the sheriff had harsh words.

“I don't know what I would have done, but an arrest would have been in the realm of possibility, for sure,” Evans said. “I've got sense enough not to second-guess a trained police officer's split-second decision.”

Evans said White and his partner, JoAnn Kinney, an investigator for the Wayne County prosecutor’s office, appeared credible while testifying about the incident last week.

“From what I've seen, an assault occurred,” Evans said. “What I heard in testimony spoke for itself. What people lose sight of is not the assault or whether there should have been an immediate arrest or not - that's an independent decision made in the field.”

In a separate letter to the editor that Evans sent to the Free Press today, he called Kilpatrick’s behavior during the Thursday’s incident “abominable.”

Also today, Evans’ spokesman John Roach confirmed that Evans’ daughter, Nikki Evans, has resigned from her job working for the mayor.

In a statement, mayoral spokesman James Canning said, "Ms. Evans on Friday resigned from her position with the administration to spend more time with her young family and pursue new opportunities. We wish only the best for Ms. Evans and her family."

White testified during a bond hearing in 36th District Court Friday that Kilpatrick grabbed and threw him into his partner Thursday as he tried to serve a subpoena to Bobby Ferguson, a city contractor and friend of the mayor. A truck from Ferguson’s company was parked the mayor's sister's Detroit house. The subpoena was for Ferguson to appear at a Sept. 22 preliminary examination in the mayor's perjury and conspiracy case.

Ferguson accepted the subpoena today at an undisclosed location, according to Maria Miller, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office.

Evans said White and Kinney did not radio for assistance and he didn’t know about the incident until after it occurred.

“We don't have any policies in the sheriff's department saying you don't arrest the mayor or anyone else,” she said. “To second guess the officer is inappropriate. For someone to make an assumption that the officer is being controlled from above is just ludicrous.”

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