Detroit’s top law enforcement officer has been suspended amid allegations that he had a sexual relationship with a subordinate.

Chief Ralph Godbee’s affair with Angelica Robinson, an internal affairs officer, emerged after she posted a photo with her service weapon in her mouth on Twitter, after learning Godbee was at a police conference with another woman.

Angelica Robinson

Godbee had other officers locate the 37-year-old and put her under surveillance after seeing her photo.

Her attorney, David Robinson has confirmed that there was a relationship between his client and Chief Godbee, who is married but filed for divorce in August, according to

She now refers to herself as Godbee’s former lover, and claims he is a ‘sex addict,’ the news website reports.

‘There was a sexual relationship between my client and Godbee,’ Robinson told The Associated Press. ‘She was trying to end the relationship, and Godbee didn’t want to let it go.’

Ralph Godbee

With regards the images his client posted on Twitter, Robinson added; ‘Obviously, it raised the implication of suicide.’

‘The story is that she was hurt he was at a conference with another woman. Certainly this has created a lot of pressure. Unfairly, her future is a little bit uncertain. She has to suffer the humiliation.’

Angelica Robinson has been reassigned from internal affairs to other duties.

Her gun has since been taken away as she undergoes evaluation, reports.

This is the second time in two years that a Detroit police chief has been embroiled in scandal.

Godbee’s predecessor, Warren Evans, was fired by Mayor Dave Bing in 2010 partly because he was romantically involved with a female officer.

‘After learning of the allegations regarding Chief Ralph Godbee, I have placed him on a 30-day suspension pending a full and thorough investigation of this matter,’ the mayor said in a statement Tuesday that did not specify the allegations.

Godbee could not be reached Tuesday afternoon for comment, police spokeswoman Sgt. Eren Stephens said.

Angelica Robinson, who is married, told her attorney the relationship with Godbee lasted about a year. Godbee is separated from his wife.

David Robinson said the relationship was consensual.

Without being specific, Robinson said he will approach the city ‘and see what their position would be and hopefully (the city will) do the right thing’ in regard to his client.

‘The chief of police exceeded his professional status,’ David Robinson said. ‘He’s breached the trust of the department.’

Godbee and Bing have been assailed by officers in recent weeks over a 10 percent pay cut and implementation of 12-hour workdays to help cut millions of dollars from the police budget.

Officers complain the cuts and new work rules are too much to take in a city with one of the highest violent crime rates in the country.

The 287 murders committed through Sept. 23 in Detroit are 26 more than at the same point last year.

Godbee was named chief in 2010 after Bing fired Evans.

Evans, a former Wayne County sheriff, was appointed chief by Bing in 2009 and fired after he raised the mayor’s ire by taking part in a promotional video for a cable police reality show. Bing later said he also fired Evans because the chief was romantically involved with Lt. Monique Patterson.

Godbee, too, had a romantic relationship with Patterson before she began dating Evans and when she was Godbee’s subordinate.

The prior relationship between Godbee and Patterson was disclosed publicly after Godbee was named interim chief, and Bing issued a strongly worded statement after its disclosure saying he wasn’t considering firing Godbee for having an affair with a subordinate.

Godbee, 44, joined the department in 1987 and rose to assistant chief in 2007. He later retired only to be reappointed assistant chief in July 2009 when Evans was hired.

Assistant Chief Chester Logan will assume Godbee’s responsibilities during the suspension, Bing said.


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  • Up to my neck in CA

    When the SHTF this diverse police force will split faster than you can say… “Katrina”.
    The majority of black officers use their position of force for their own gratifications ie: drugs women, free suff.

    • jedsrael

      free stuff is Our Stuff

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

       “When the it hits the fan, this diverse police force will split faster than you can say… “Katrina”.”

      To loot the nearest Walmart.

  • jedsrael

    Please don’t make fun of the Diversity in this story. 

    Celebrate it, but also lament that these suffering and oppressed blacks are so marginalized by White privilege that they are forced to adopt non African, pro Anglo names like “Godbee” and “Robinson”.

    We need to listen to the desperate cries of the unheard and allow them to reclaim their bantu zulu mau mau authenticity.   Revoke their English language privileges and emancipate from the painful legacy of slavery and Jim Crow.Let them reclaim their voodoo so they as “the Other” can teach Whitey the truth about Africa in our midst…

  • Defiant White

    Always with the drama. If the negro isn’t involved in a soap opera, she invents one.   Look at Moochelle . . . constantly in the news for doing one stupid thing after another.

    BTW, love that piture of the King of Negro Police and his chieftains.  Give them spears and head dress and it would look like something out of the movie Shaka Zulu.

     I’m sure the one token white has plenty of resumes out.

    • blindsticks

      The’ token white’  looks  more like a hispanic to me.  Not that it matters of course.

    • Sherman_McCoy

      Godbee then commented, ” Shaka kaka, ooga booga Angelica booga ooga firestick, big silver bird.”

      Sorry, commenter.  I know his will be gone before very long, but I just couldn’t help myself.

  • The__Bobster
    • Up to my neck in CA

      Sgt. Chanta Herder??? Enough said.

  • Mike Harrigan

    A few years ago, there was this black morgue worker in Cincinnati. He didn’t require a heartbeat. 

  • libertarian1234

    “Angelica Robinson has been reassigned from internal affairs to other duties.”

    By all means, don’t fire her.

    They might get somebody on the force to take her place who is unstable.

  • Biff_Maliboo

    “Dog bites man” stuff like this still makes the news in Detroit?

  • Pelayo

    “Anything with a heartbeat too.”
    No heartbeat required  if it hasn’t  been dead too long.

  • Angelica Robinson must love putting hard, shiny things in her mouth. First, Ralph Godbee, now the gun.

    And yet, Michael Bloomberg says that only the police and military should have guns – that guns in the hands of the American people are illegal.

  • Stan_Mute

    Since Lincoln, the 10th Amendment has been TRASHED, so why bother with numbers 1-9 either?

  • Major

    What did you expect…he’s just living up to the old axiom of loose shoes…tight dates…and a warm place to dump.