After serving 23 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, a Kansas man is seeking $93 million in damages from the county that convicted him and the former detective who he says framed him.
Lamonte McIntyre, 45, alleges in a joint lawsuit, filed in 2018 and cosigned by his mother, that the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, bear responsibility for the actions of former Kansas City, Kansas, police detective Roger Golubski, the Associated Press reported.
Both McIntyre and his mother, whose name was not released, say they suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and that Golubski attempted to coerce McIntyre's mother into having sex with him, and when the mother refused, the then-detective framed McIntyre for a double homicide in 1994. She is seeking an additional $30 million in damages.
McIntyre was released from prison in 2017 when a local prosecutor asked a judge to vacate his convictions and drop the charges. He received a certificate of innocence and $1.5 million from the state of Kansas, according to the AP. He now lives in Arizona.
The mother and son accuse Golubski of abuse of Black women for years, with many officers aware of his behavior. They allege that as many as 73, all of whom initialed pretrial orders. But Golubski denies any wrongdoing and has asked that the allegations not be allowed as evidence in the case.
Attorneys for the local government deny any liability because the officer’s alleged actions were outside of its jurisdiction, and they also deny the police chief knew about any misconduct.