TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS CITY AFRICAN-AMERICAN POLITICAL LEADERS CRITICIZE ALLEGED KCPD DRIVER'S LICENSE CHECKPOINT DISPARITY!!!
Crime Scene KC has done an AWESOME JOB in reporting on Driver's License Checkpoints the by the KCPD. Star blogger James Hart reports that there will be another checkpoint at an undisclosed location today.
Now, KCPD is adamant in noting that the location of these checkpoints are decided by the "occurrence of Driver License/DUI related crashes or arrests."
Meanwhile . . .
RECENTLY, THERE WAS A MEETING IN WHICH A GROUP OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN POLITICAL LEADERS CRITICIZED DISPARITY IN THE LOCATIONS OF THE CHECKPOINTS!!!
There is a perception that these checkpoints and subsequent arrests are disproportionately affecting the African-American Community in Kansas City.
As a member of the Police Board the inquiry was made to the Mayor Funky and, yet again, he fumbled the response. AWESOME TKC READERS quote the Mayor as saying:
"You people need to get your best and brightest to the Police Board Meetings and complain and do your best to encourage more participation and employment with the KCPD."
After the inevitable eye rolling over Mayor Funky's lame "you people" comment . . . The group that included Council Candidate Michael Fletcher explained to the Mayor that their complaints to him as a member of the Police Board were part of this process.
The question remains. Do these Driver's License Checkpoints unfairly target poor and minority communities?
So far there have been stops on Independence Avenue in Old Northeast, and another on Prospect at 57th.
BUT WHERE ARE THE CHECKPOINTS NORTH OF THE RIVER ON WARD PARKWAY AND IN WALDO/BROOKSIDE?!?!?!
There's a similar arguement with DUI stops from Westport folks who are often clamped down on the weekends whereas the P&L District drunk driving checkpoints or arrests have been nearly unheard of . . . There's a possibility that maybe the methodology that the KCPD uses in determining enforcement might need to be tweaked in order to assure equal treatment and protection for all Kansas City drivers.
WITHOUT QUESTION THERE ARE A GREAT MANY KANSAS CITY WHITE PEOPLE IN "NICE" NEIGHBORHOODS "RIDIN' DIRTY" AS WELL!!!
Expect complaints about these checkpoints to grow as they continue and there has also been rumbling from privacy advocates that speak to concerns regarding increased surveillance. Strangely, criticism on this topic comes from more than one diverse local community but, as usual, African-American politicos are leading the way.
Developing . . .