WILL LOCAL STOP SNITCHIN LEGACY HELP HIDE THE KANSAS CITY HIGHWAY SNIPER?!?
Right now all of the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area confronts the longstanding local problem of community engagement in the fight against crime.
In the suburbs, many residents hide from the problems of the inner-city and live under a mistaken assumption that so much local violence doesn't impact their daily lives. Amid the urban core, efforts to engage the community have often met with resistance from backward forces who tout identity politics or outright criminal interest over cooperation with authorities. In both instances, a flimsy rhetorical separation from the gruesome reality of Kansas City violence promotes apathy instead of engagement to stand up to disproportionate levels of increasing crime. The fact is, whether we like it or not, we're all in this together and the rising rate of brutality and homicide on the streets of our city endanger us all. The horrific smell of violent bloodshed travels far and will taint every aspect of civic life until it is properly addressed by civic leaders who seem to have their priorities focused elsewhere.
And now . . .
THE LEGACY OF LOCAL APATHY CONFRONTS THE SEARCH FOR THE KANSAS CITY HIGHWAY SNIPER!!!
Not so long ago we called it "stop snitchin" before that it was a code of silence or Omertà. Anyone who really understands the history of Kansas City knows that talking to the police isn't really a local virtue no matter what demographic we're discussing.
So now, random local violence isn't discriminating by area code or race and at the outset of the Spring/Summer it's important to realize that all of Kansas City seems to be under the gun.
KMBC: Police, ATF search along highways in south KC
Fox4: KCMO police hold news conference with latest on gunman aiming at moving cars
KSHB: KC police looking at 20 reports that could be connected in rash of highway shootings
KCTV5: Weapons expert gives insight on gun used in highway shootings
KCPD Chief: Reported incidents of vehicles shot on area roadways fluctuate as investigation continues
Chicago Tribune: Kansas City police probe highway shootings targeting motorists
Timeline: Random shootings target vehicles on KC-area roads
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