Spy gear used in city offices under cover of night, witness says

A spy gadget salesman testified he was whisked late at night into the offices of top city officials  to sweep for surveillance equipment.

Brian Lang testified that Robert Gibson, a Detroit police officer, bought nearly $1,400 in spy gear in 2007, which was paid for by the mayor’s charity, the Kilpatrick Civic Fund.

He said Gibson also asked him to come and sweep city offices. However, he said one of them was Warren Evans’ office; Evans wasn’t police chief until after Kilpatrick left office.

“It was late, it was 9 or 10 at night, everyone was gone,” Lang testified. They met us outside the building and took us up private elevators and backways into offices and said ‘search these rooms.’ It took a couple hours.”

Lang said he searched several offices and found no bugs.

“I remember seeing a statue of Coleman Young’s head when I was walking through,” Lang said.

Robert Snell
Robert Snell is the Detroit News federal courts reporter. He can be reached at rsnell@detnews.com or (313) 222-2028.