DEAD TREE QUESTION: HOW SHOULD WE COUNT KANSAS CITY HOMICIDES?!?!?
The Kansas City Star has been pushing local control of the KCPD as of late and firing off one attack against the Chief after the next.
But this weekend they actually make a good (unsigned) point . . .
TAKE A LOOK AT TALK OF RIGGING KCPD MURDER STATS!!!
"At at least two recent forums — a Board of Police Commissioners meeting and a gathering of the Urban Summit, a group of mostly black community members — police Chief Darryl Forté said the department is reviewing how Kansas City reports crimes . . .
He noted that, while some cities deduct justifiable homicides from their murder counts, Kansas City lumps all homicides together, making the city’s murder rate look worse than it is."
For what it's worth . . . Kansas City Public Schools have readjusted their numbers and that has led to what might be a return to provisional accreditation . . . Yay!!! Meanwhile, an exodus from the district continues given the reality of failing school system.
Moreover . . .
MAYOR SLY DESERVES A BIT OF BLAME HERE BECAUSE HIS FAILED CITY HALL WEBSITE HAS MADE IT HARDER TO FIND KANSAS CITY HOMICIDE STATS!!!
The new City Hall website really is a mess . . . Even some of the smartest and Internet savvy denizens are having trouble navigating it.
Rather than just share opinion, we'd like to offer vital info:
To wi . . .
HERE'S THE LINK TO KANSAS CITY HOMICIDE STATS ON THE NEW KCMO.GOV WEBSITE THAT HAVE BEEN HIDDEN THANKS TO THE SLOPPY REDESIGN!!!
Public info is important but we've seen nothing but petty politics in the recent Dead Tree Media discussion of the murder rate and a struggle for power of a city that keeps killing itself by all counts.