SHAME!!! SILENCE IN THE AFTERMATH OF A KANSAS CITY QUINTUPLE SHOOTING!!!
There's a reason that violence and murder remain rampant on Kansas City streets and it has nothing to do with the wrongheaded racial rhetoric that often comprises so many crude, reactionary and ignorant comments on the Internets.
Plain and simple: Violence and murder persist in Kansas City at such a rampant rate because our community refuses to cooperate with police.
This isn't a new trend and it doesn't start with hip-hop music.
Omertà once ruled Kansas City's streets and shaped our culture of civic corruption. Tom Pendergast's Irish hoods and so many neighborhoods that supported their reign of civic graft also weren't fond of talking to authorities.
Among the new wave of Latino immigrants there's a constant debate among law enforcement strategies that would turn every brown person into a potential suspect and other approaches practiced at places like the Westside CAN Center that seek to build cooperation in immigrant communities and put emphasis on arresting violent criminals, not just people with paperwork problems.
Still . . .
IN THE AFTERMATH OF A SOUTH KANSAS CITY QUINTUPLE SHOOTING, IT'S A SHAME TO SEE THAT NOBODY'S TALKING!!!
Check the damage . . .
Shooting leaves KCMO police with questions, few answers
Tragic money quote that accompanies too many instances of violence in Kansas City . . .
"Investigators said they have limited information on the suspect, even though there was a large number of people present during the incident."
Recently, Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders launched a public information program to encourage cooperation against local violence but it's clear there's more work to be done.