TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY POLICE HOME TARGETED BY ANTHONY BRUNO SUPPORTERS!!! TENSION BETWIXT KCPD VS. KCFD ESCALATES AMID FERGUSON, MISSOURI UNREST AS LEADERS STRUGGLE TO NEGOTIATE LOCAL TRUCE!!!
Some members of the The Kansas City Fire Department are staging silent protests near the home of a Kansas City police officer. This questionable rhetorical tactic amid so much Missouri unrest has drawn a strong response from Kansas City police officials behind the scenes.
To wit . . .
SOME KANSAS CITY FIREFIGHTERS ARE USING THE FERGUSON, MISSOURI UNREST TO ADVOCATE FOR ANTHONY BRUNO WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUIT AGAINST THE KCPD . . . MEMBERS RAGE AT THIS PROTEST STRATEGY BECAUSE THEY SAY THE COMPARISON IS UNFAIR AND IRRESPONSIBLE!!!
As always, we feature the word of KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTERS FIRST. . .
"Anthony Bruno's family is trying to use the unfortunate event in Ferguson to incite a riot in KC and fight between PD and the FD. Today they went to the home of the officer to intimidate and terrorize his family and trolled his neighborhood where many KCPD officers reside. Absolutely reprehensible."
(Better look at the ribbons from the "Things On My Mind" blog)
This isn't just neighborhood gossip . . . We were pointed to an important statement on this topic from the Kansas City Fraternal Order Of Police. . .
A Message from FOP Lodge 99 President
By now many of you have heard what happened this morning. A few members of the Kansas City Fire Department hung very large red ribbons with the name Bruno stenciled on them. Those ribbons were hung around the neighborhood belonging to the officer involved last year. Thankfully that officer and his family were out of town and did not have to witness the event. On duty members responded to the scene, but so did a large number of our own FOP brothers and sisters even though they were off.
What happened this morning is unforgivable and I understand how an event like this can bring up emotions that are difficult to deal with. I responded to the scene and met with a number of you. I have read each of your messages and understand the anger. I too am greatly upset about the events that happened today, along with the other events that have happened.
I met with the presidents of Local 42, 3808 and a representative of FOP Lodge 102 on Thursday morning to work out some sort of resolution. I have also been in constant contact with Mayor James, and Chief Darryl Forte'. Everyone involved understands our anger, but we need to try to be sensible about our reactions. I do NOT believe that either of the IAFF unions had anything to do with the recent issues, but their members have.
I am asking each of you to remember that there is a court process to deal with these issues, and we will be using that avenue. We believe that using city resources, shirts and symbols to harass anyone are violations of law and the appropriate measures will be taken. Lastly, I am not asking you to not be upset...you have that right. Just as you have the right to extend professional courtesy in your traffic stops and interactions. Should you choose not to, I understand, but please be polite when you contact any member of KCFD.
We choose this profession our families did not, bringing this fight to our homes is unforgivable. I stand by each of you and ask that you share this message.
President, FOP Lodge 99
Kansas City Missouri
Now, ribbons aren't gonna hurt anybody but we're not going out on a limb to say this bit of political discourse is unwise at best.
Also . . .
TARGETING A POLICE HOME IS SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE AND A TOTALLY IRRESPONSIBLE MOVE THAT SETS A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT!!!
TKC ASIDE . . . At the outset of this drama our TKC BLOG COMMUNITY reported a brawl between KCPD and KCFD at the hospital and nobody bothered to follow-up on that . . . Thing is, that's a lot of leeway and nobody else in this town is allowed to openly fight with police. Again, another dangerous precedent. But I digress . . .
Now it's up to our blog community to decide . . .
First: Do supporters of the Anthony Bruno wrongful death lawsuit have the right to compare their case (a drunken wedding/cab fare brawl and deadly shooting) to the Ferguson, Missouri gunfire death of on an unarmed Black teen who reportedly had his hands up?
Also . . .
Is it acceptable to target a police officers home for protest??? Moreover, should City Hall employees use City resources/logos to target a police officers home?
As always, our blog community is FIRST to put this topic up for discussion and offer critical analysis of the mostly contentious Kansas City discourse and so many questionable local tactics.
Developing . . .