Tuesday, August 19, 2014

TKC QUESTION OF THE DAY: IF KANSAS CITY FIRE DEPT. ANTHONY BRUNO SUPPORTERS CLAIM SOLIDARITY WITH MICHAEL BROWN PROTESTORS, THEN WILL THEY HELP FIX HORRIBLE KCFD MINORITY HIRING STATS?!?!



First of all . . .

CREDIT TO OUR KICK-ASS BLOG COMMUNITY . . . YESTERDAY . . . WE BROKE THIS STORY BEFORE ANY OTHER NEWS OUTLET AND DIDN'T GIVE INTO SPIN LIKE ALL THE OTHER NEWSIES!!!

Credit to A3 for even more really great photos of the Bruno ribbons along with readers and denizens of our blog community . . . WE SET THE AGENDA AND HAD EVERYBODY ELSE PLAYING CATCH-UP!!!

And now the aftermath . . .

Here are the follow-up reports that pretty much take the path of least resistance . . .

KSHB: But the Bruno family believes Anthony was fighting for his life too last year. They said the community should know excessive force occurs beyond Ferguson, Mo., too.

KMBZ: A city spokesperson says the Bruno family did not obtain the permits needed to hang the ribbons. Stephanie Bruno and her family could be fined $20 per ribbon if the city chooses to pursue charges.

Pitch: Anthony Bruno's family records Kansas City police officers tearing down memorial ribbons (video)

KCTV5: Family brings attention to firefighter's shooting death



Again . . . Here's what NOBODY is asking some members of the KCFD regarding their Ferguson swagger jacking . . .

NOW THAT SOME MEMBERS OF THE KCFD HAVE DISCOVERED SOLIDARITY WITH MICHAL BROWN PROTESTORS . . . WILL THEY SHOW ANY REAL ATTEMPT TO CORRECT YEARS OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION THAT EXISTS WITHIN THE KCFD?!?!? MOREOVER . . . WOULD THE KCFD HAVE HIRED MICHAEL BROWN?!?!?

Fact: In the Kansas City Fire Department 13 percent of firefighters are African-American. That's compared to the community at large where 30 percent of the population is African-American.

In fairness . . . TKC doesn't want to argue with people who are grieving but when this debate attempts to co-opt the Ferguson, MO uprising . . . That's where things get political and not about really about the reality of this case at all.

I don't know why I've been holding back . . . Just gonna say it . . .

It's so phony for so many members of the KCFD to claim solidarity with the Ferguson, MO Michael Brown Protestors. The cases don't have much in common and the discriminatory hiring and employment record of the KCFD overall reveals a systemic lack of sensitivity toward any significant diversity efforts. In other words, the KCFD Bruno supporter Michael Brown gambit is one of the most cynical tactics we've seen to try and taint a jury pool that we've seen in quite some time.

Prove me wrong here . . .

IF KCFD BRUNO SUPPORTERS REALLY FIND SOLIDARITY WITH MICHAEL BROWN PROTESTORS . . . PROVE IT!!! HELP MORE BLACK PEOPLE FIND EMPLOYMENT WITH THE KCFD AND THEN WAIT AND SEE HOW QUICKLY THAT EFFORT IS SHUT DOWN!!!

Just an idea . . . And maybe a bit of a fact check toward empty rhetoric that has gone unchallenged by every newsie in Kansas City.

38 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Work on your headlines, that's a bit verbose but I get what you're saying.

I think the answer is no.

Anonymous said...

KCFD = all white and all related to one another.

Anonymous said...

They just put those up to catch an onduty officer taking them down. The joke is on them. It's illegal to put stuff on city poles and the cop was well within his authority to take them down. I wish he would have questioned the guy with the camera and written him a ticket for putting them up.

Anonymous said...

hey if they cant pass the test why should the fire dept just give them the job because they are black or hispanic i dont believe in giving them something just because of there race

WHAT THE FUCK ???? said...

While I could care less about this tiff between the

KCFD/KCPD .........ENOUGH OF THIS

BULLSHIT



You douche bags get paid by the taxpayers to protect citizens from fire/crime. This is a big part of the problem with Kansas City. Bullshit just like this. Imagine how you would act if there was a large scale disaster ?

Tony Botello, what's your beef in this ? Every day you rail on Bruno. Did he bitch slap you ? We know the family was going to kick your ass at the Plaza rally but that is no reason to continue to rail on a lame topic.

Did you have to publicly apologize to a "Fireman" ?

What gives with this continual lame PD/FD dribble ?

ENOUGH !

Anonymous said...

That must be a tough test. Turn on water, squirt water, grab ax, chop with ax, carry shit for paramedics, after 10 years of that, drive truck.

Anonymous said...

lulz.

If Bruno's family loves big mike brown then why are they hassling two minority cops on tape? That is the question you're missing TKC!

Polar Bear said...

Blah, Blah, Blah...

Does ANYONE really care ?

Nope.

Tit's, beer and more of Glazers thoughts on hooker sex.

Anonymous said...

Nice commentary Tony. I still can not understand what your connection is with KCPD that has your nose so far up their ass.

Anonymous said...

Who said firemen give a shit about Michael Brown? Who said they support him and the looters? Tony, you are a race baiting bean eater! Good try though.

Shibby said...

That ain't racist at alL!

Anonymous said...

Bruno got what he deserved!

Anonymous said...

You attempted to tie it (through as usual A KICKASS TIPSTER, ha) to what's going on in Ferguson, which is ludicrous or delusional, either one.

You accused them of using "City resources" to do it which is also totally unproven - what did they drive their fire trucks out there?

You claim people did something to the officer's home but offer nothing in the way of evidence.

No spin? Fuck me, you try but you're the worst at it. People can see right through it. The only thing we can't figure out is who's paying you to do it because there can't be any other reason unless you're mentally unbalanced.

Which I suppose is also a possibility.

Anonymous said...

Interesting Tony. You agitate and help create the controversy and then pat yourself on the back for your self serving solutions. I have a solution. Stop stirring shit at the expense of all those involved and let the court case be the solution.

Anonymous said...

So did Hubbard.

Anonymous said...

Yes he was cleared

Anonymous said...

I was talking about the reconstruction on his face. And hiding video as a cover up until after the grand jury warrants an investigation. Hopefully that takes place and we see a little house cleaning in the KCPD. Now go find some bums to throw off the Main Street walkway pig.

Anonymous said...

I think it is disgraceful that Bruno family is trying gain support with the Brown chaos. It is apple and oranges to me.

Anonymous said...

The Anti Police Violence crowd were out on Snake Saturday hold a sign for Bruno. They got a few honks from a fire truck but that's all they heard from the fire dept.

Tumbledown Shack in Bigfoot County said...

I've never lived in a city where the fire department is such story every week or two.

Is there just something inherently moronic about the way the KCFD is run?

You'd think these fuckers were running NASA over there as complicated and dramatic as things perpetually are.

Anonymous said...

You can surely find all the answers here.

Anonymous said...

Not likely dirty hippie.

Anonymous said...

I would love to see the city fine these people for every ribbon they put up. If my family member was killed while drunk and rolling around assaulting anyone, including a cop, I would be humiliated and trying to keep a low profile, not airing it for the world to see. Must be pretty desperate for a payout. $$$

Anonymous said...

So tough in fact that over half the applicant fail....most of them high school drop outs or kick outs. Perhaps tony was one of those failures and that's why he always bashes the fire department

Anonymous said...

The fire department had nothing to do with putting up those stupid ribbons. Anyone who thinks the department would actually encourage or endorse something like that is an idiot.

The Bruno family is angry and emotional, and people in that situation act stupidly sometimes and justifiably so.

Let's all move on from this and let the court systems work as intended

Anonymous said...

You people talk about skin color shouldn't matter, yet you want hiring quotas based on skin color? Why not hire the fucking BEST person????

Anonymous said...

Also the fire department has a civil service test which has been proven country wide that is the fairest way to hire firefighter candidates. The problem in the way of diversity hiring here is that a small percentage of black people even apply to test. When the city hires maybe 40-50 firefighters every two years and 4000 people apply. Out of those 4000 applicants only maybe 300 are black. You have to hire top candidates not hire someone based on race alone.

The only way to fix that is to educate young black people in the city and show them being a firefighter is a rewarding job.

Anonymous said...

Not a KCFD firefighter one should point any fingers at any other public servant blaming them for acting in a non professional way till they admit they are to blame for the death of Megan Cramer.

Culpa said...

KC is weird sauce.

They don't have these problems in Overland Park.

Anonymous said...

Apartheid is a hiring quota for Whites Only

Anonymous said...

I thought we were already lowering our standards for new Paramedics so they can hire minorities to be on the Ambulances? At least we keep them of the Pumper's then!
KCFD needs ambotrash

Miss Sweetie Pie said...

Mr. Tony,
I can not believe that I am about to say this.... I would rather see the soft porn pics than more of this boring Bruno saga.
Dear Lord help us all
.... If all you got in your filler file is more of this boring stuff then for heaven's sake post more Jordan Carver crap.

Anonymous said...

Thanks KCPD for removing signs from light polls. Can you also take down the $99 windows and We Buy Ugly Houses?
Anyone can lawfully remove signs from a public right of way. I do it all of the time. Well, not the yard sale ones as I like people to make a little money on the stuff they no longer need. I'm nice that way.

Anonymous said...

If the fire department wants to be trusted than why do they fight getting random drug checks like the PD has to do? The public should demand these checks, that would clear our a shit load of dead weight. Why else would they be fighting this?

Anonymous said...

WTF? FD gets random checks all the time. I wasted two hours last week standing in a drug testing lab with six other firefighters waiting to do a random check. That was my third in six months. That shut down no less than 4 fire trucks and ambulances. So thanks to these excessive random checks, you get worse response times.

Anonymous said...

What is the percentage of blacks that work for all of Kansas City vs that of whites ?

Anonymous said...



The bruno people seem to like to get everybody in their business. Not everyone cares or is involved.

If you fine these people make it good, drag a lot of paperwork and nonsense into it.

My friend didn't understand why these were birthday celebration ribbons in her neighborhood. Bruno doesn't live in her neighborhood. She doesn't know anyone in the Bruno case, nor does she really have an opinion. Her neighbor is a fireman, and he didn't get it either. No, not every fireman in town knows what this is about. Not everyone on the FD or PD has time to pay attention to this because they have lots of chores. Not all FD or PD have second jobs where they moonlight. Some firemen run their own moving companies. Some police people work as security. However, these are their own separate jobs and have nothing to do with the department.

We are talking about two private people not entire departments. This is a nice way to drag everyone down and get everybody in their business.


These people need to make their protest--- or whatever you call it Tony "tainting a potential jury pool"--not on the back of a dead guy on the other side of the state.

I'm not supposed to have an opinion here, but this is a public disturbance, and they should talk to them sternly about this. If they want to fine them they need to make sure they properly identify the people involved in the manufacture and distribution of the ribbons. They could also be fined for littering. Just some thoughts. I wish they would just stop this whole thing.

They need to stop dragging the uninvolved and other people in their business.

Anonymous said...

I think the whole is disgraceful and very distasteful on the Bruno families part.
Unfortunately you have a family that is bringing the entire fire department down with them. And what a great spokesperson for the family.... Nino " What made you want to be a fireman " Bruno.
Your family is not more important than the next .
Congrats on recruiting a bunch of the younger FF's to help you that night. It's us veterans that find this shit so appalling. What a bunch of fuckin idiots you are. We have a great working relationship with KCPD, or at least did. I hope you get pulled over Nino and they beat the shit out of your weak ass. You walk with big talk to hide the small cock.
Be sure to tell all the brothers and sisters on the job " You're welcome " for starting a bigger shitstorm