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Jay-Z Roc Nation files legal action against Kansas City Police Department

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FILE – In this July 23, 2019, file photo, Jay-Z makes an announcement of the launch of Dream Chasers record label in joint venture with Roc Nation, at the Roc Nation headquarters in New York. Jay-Z’s Roc Nation entertainment company is partnering with Brooklyn’s Long Island University to launch the Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment. The new school will begin enrolling students for the fall 2021 semester, and 25% of the incoming freshmen class will receive Roc Nation Hope Scholarships. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)

Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and Team Roc have filed a lawsuit that alleges the Kansas City Police Department has covered up the misconduct of it’s officers.

The legal request filed Monday in Wyandotte County District Court by Roc Nation’s criminal justice division, Team Roc.

As a result, Team Roc aims to access records that would provide insight into complaints made against members of the department’s investigative division.

According to Team Roc attorney Alex Spiro previously sought out information from the KCPD, but the records that were provided were “not sufficient.”

“These documents will help identify the scope of the problem, any potential evidence of a cover up, and also the potential causes,” the lawsuit adds.

Team Roc’s efforts are backed by calls for change from local activists.

In July, the Metro Organization for Racial and Economic Equity held a peaceful protest outside of KCPD two years ago,” according to organizer Marcus Winn.

The group is battling for records from the department.

On Aug. 15, Team Roc filed public records requests through the Kansas City Open Records Act with the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas.

On Aug. 27, the city refused to produce three of those requests, agreed to produce four others and said it had no records of two other requests.