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Detroit Cop Beat Goes on as Inspector's Johnson Exposed

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Inspector Don Johnson, seen here during an interview with FOX 2 back in July. (Credit: WJBK | Inspector Don Johnson, seen here during an interview with FOX 2 back in July. (Credit: WJBK |

By Charlie LeDuff
FOX 2 News

DETROIT (WJBK) - Super cop Don Johnson - caught super-exposed? 

Nobody can accuse the Detroit Police department these days of being anything less than transparent. After placing a call to the mayor's office, Inspector Don Johnson, commanding officer of the Homeland Security division, was suspended with pay pending the results of an Internal Affairs investigation. Police sources say Johnson apparently texted a female subordinate a snapshot of his "johnson."

We're also told the female subordinate is married but the photograph was found by her boyfriend, also a cop and also her subordinate.

Trying to get our hands around this one, we reached out to Johnson. He is on a pre-planned vacation, which is a regrettable stroke of coincidence seeing as the Worlld Series is in town this weekend.

So what in the world is going on in the Detroit Police Department? Remember earlier this month that Chief Ralph Godbee was forced to resign in a sex and text scandal of his own after a scorned female officer tweeted a photograph of herself with her lips wrapped around her service revolver? Godbee dispatched a group of undercover cops to track her down.

Godbee was in San Diego at the time attending a police convention. It was revealed that he was there canoodling with another woman who stayed in his room, which was paid for with money seized from Detroit drug dealers.

In a limp defense, Godbee insisted the room had two beds and the two never commingled. But according to reservation documents obtained under the Freedom of information act, Godbee booked a room with only one bed. According to city lawyers, Godbee has not turned in his receipts.

In a tidy bit of synchronicity, it happens that Inspector Johnson made the San Diego trip too. One can only imagine the late night bar scene at that hotel. Hot dog!

The whole scene is more shabby than an Eight-Mile motel room rented by the hour. Because this isn't even the SECOND sex scandal to hit the Motor City this week.

Consider Detroit Police Commander James Moore is also being investigated by Internal Affairs for punching a female officer, one of two domestic violence incidents between the two in a 30-day period.

Moore said he has done nothing wrong and denied that he and the female officer are romantically involved. After all the female officer lives at his Detroit home sure, but Moore lives with his wife and children in the suburbs!

Then consider that Third Circuit Court Judge Wade McCree was publicly reprimanded by the Michigan Supreme Court this week for texting a naked portrait of himself to a female bailiff.

When we showed the barrister the shower scene photograph of him in his birthday suit last April, Hizzoner crowed: "Hot Dog. Yep that's me. There's no shame in my game!"

Hot Dog, indeed!

No wonder we can't catch or convict criminals in Detroit. Our public officials are obviously distracted, carrying on like they're at a cocktail party at Larry Flynt's pleasure palace. Maybe it's time to put some shame in the game.

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