State police won't pursue extortion charges against Duggan for Bob Carmack


  • Steve Neavling

Michigan State Police won't pursue charges against local businessman Bob Carmack for allegedly trying to extort Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.

The mayor called for a state police investigation in November, days after Carmack paraded around Detroit in a truck displaying a video in which the mayor is shown driving to a woman's house. Duggan claimed Carmack was threatening to release more videos if the city didn't withdrawal two lawsuits against him.

State police immediately opened an investigation and then closed it without taking action, according to public records obtained by the Free Press.

Calling the allegations "a fabricated story," Carmack is threatening to file a complaint against Duggan, saying the mayor filed a false police report.

Carmack is a lead witness in a federal corruption case against Detroit Councilman Gabe Leland.

A spokesman for the mayor lauded state police for taking the time to investigate.

"The mayor was highly impressed with the professionalism displayed by the Michigan State Police investigators handling this case and is deeply appreciative of the time and effort they devoted to it," spokesman John Roach said in a statement to the Metro Times.

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