MUST READ!!! DR. ERNEST EVANS HOPES WE'VE REACHED A TURNING POINT IN THE FIGHT AGAINST KANSAS CITY CRIME!!!
TKC NOTE: Check this MUST READ message from Dr. Ernest Evans that puts Kansas City crime in a historical perspective.
Potential Turning Point For Kansas City
Einstein said it best: "Prognostication is difficult, especially about the future"--and who wants to contradict Einstein? But, I will go out on a limb and say we have just achieved a potential turning point in KCMO's war on crime.
That turning point was Chief Forte's very public "smack down" of Councilman Reed's charges of racial profiling. The Chief was saying to the cops on the beat: "I will protect you against unfair charges of racism."
To understand the potential impact of this incident recall how in April 2010 then-Chief Corwin very publicly and forcefully "smacked down" city councilman John Sharp when he charged "racism" in the KCPD crackdown on the Plaza--Corwin left the police station, went to city hall, and publicly defended his officers in the council chambers. That step in "backing up the cops on the beat" had a most positive impact: In the last 12 months of the Funkhouser Administration (May 1, 2010--April 30, 2011) there were 98 homicides (In the preceding 12 months there had been 116 homicides)--making this one of the few 12 month periods in the past 15 years where we have been below 100 homicides for KCMO.
And, for the record, I am not calling for some sort of "Dirty Harry" response to KCMO's crime problems--what I am saying is that a white cop in KCMO in 2014 accused of racism is just as much entitled to due process as was a black man in Mississippi in 1914 accused of raping a white woman.