Updated at 2:18 p.m. Friday with comments from the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department.
After serving 23 years in prison for a double murder he didn't commit, Lamonte McIntyre of Kansas City, Kansas, is suing the city and the police department for sexual coercion and fabricating statements that led to his arrest.
The 51-page lawsuit says over two dozen members of the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department—who were deemed active at all times relevant to the complaint—"exploited and terrorized the inner-city KCK community."
"They regularly engaged in improper and illegal acts to obtain unreliable and often falsified evidence for the purpose of closing cases and intentionally protected certain notorious drug dealers from arrest by wrongfully arresting other residents of the community for the dealers' crimes," it says.
But there was one man at the center of it all: Roger Golubski.
The lawsuit details the former detective's decades of exploiting black women, extorting sexual favors from them and then manipulating them, often into false testimony to close his cases.
One of those women was McIntyre's mom, Rose Lee McIntyre. Before the 1994 murders, the lawsuit says Golubski "preyed" on Rose, a single mother of five, forcing her to "submit to a sexual act" by threatening arrest of her and her then-boyfriend. It says he proceeded to harass her, calling her repeatedly until she was forced to move and change her number.
Then the lawsuit says he subjected her to a "more extreme form of torment"—framing her 17-year-old son for double murder, in retaliation against her for rejecting his advances.
Aside from coercing false testimony out of two eyewitnesses, the lawsuit states that Golubski and other KCKPD officials failed to process the "abundance of physical evidence" at the scene and investigate tips about a getaway car and drug dealing in the area.
The lawsuit points out a third eyewitness had immediately recognized the shooter as a drug enforcer known as "Monster" and offered that information to the police. That woman was another long-time victim of Golubski's, according to the suit, which added Golubski simply said in his report she was "not available."
McIntyre was arrested a mere six hours after the murders. He wasn't released until District Attorney Mark Dupree dropped all charges against him last October, 23 years later, stating there had been "manifest injustice" in McIntyre's conviction.
When Dupree called for an investigation into Golubski last November, Police Chief Terry Zeigler agreed this was a good idea.
In a Facebook video message Friday afternoon, Zeigler said it would be “inappropriate” for him to speak about any of the allegations in the lawsuit, given he’s not a party in the lawsuit.
Though Zeigler is not a defendant, he is named twice in the lawsuit, which says he was a partner of Golubski's, and that he had "full knowledge" of Golubski's misconduct.
The lawsuit says the whole department knew and even joked about Golubski's treatment of black women "and the many offspring he was rumored to have fathered by them."
But Zeigler denied this Friday.
“The KCKPD never received any complaints internally or externally regarding any of the allegations mentioned in the lawsuit, and therefore we didn’t investigate it,” he said.
He added that the allegations are 24 years old, and that he hopes they don’t detract from the “great work” the current officers are doing in the community, much of which he then listed off.
In the two-and-a-half minutes of the video, Zeigler did not once mention the wrongful 23-year wrongful conviction of McIntyre.
The lawsuit notes that Golubski was promoted to captain before his retirement from the KCKPD. He later worked for the Edwardsville Police Department before retiring in 2016, around the time his name surfaced in a campaign to free McIntyre from prison. He then worked security for Providence Medical Center but is no longer employed there.
The lawsuit is seeking a jury trial and compensatory and punitive damages.