Kwame Kilpatrick says he feels unsafe in prison due to knee pain

Former Detroit mayor wants treatment for knee pain outside of federal prison


DETROIT – Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's knee pain stems from an old football injury he suffered while playing for Florida A&M.

Kilpatrick's attorney is telling the judge he is in significant pain, feels unsafe and doesn't know whether he will be able to get around the Milan Federal Correctional Facility due to the pain. Kilpatrick is being held there while he awaits sentencing for federal corruption convictions. He already has been denied bond twice.

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After a conference with the U.S. Attorney on the case, the U.S. Marshals, the judge and Kilpatrick's attorney Jim Thomas, the judge is not letting Kilpatrick go anywhere.

Prior medical records show an old injury that has some arthritis. Kilpatrick is complaining of major pain and fluid build up on the knee.

The former mayor was evaluated on Friday. If the medical staff at Milan does not believe the injury can be treated at the prison, Kilpatrick can be taken off the property by the U.S. Marshals for treatment.

However, according to the judge, a bad knee is no reason to be allowed out on bond.