State raping Detroit? Kenyatta says so.

Tempers flared today after Detroit City Councilman Kwame Kenyatta suggested the state was anally raping the city.

Kenyatta was urging his colleagues to stop participating in the state intervention, “rather than continuing to pull your pants down without Vaseline and allowing the folks to do what they’re doing to us.”

Councilwoman Saunteel Jenkins called out Kenyatta as disrespectful, spurring an argument between the two that prompted Council President Charles Pugh to abruptly end the meeting.

After a few-minute break, Kenyatta said he had no regrets.

“I meant what I said,” Kenyatta said. “I don’t make innuendos.”

Pugh said the council should learn from the incident.

“We need to be respectful,” Pugh said. “Sometimes we forget.”

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.