TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY POLICE UNION ALSO RAGES AGAINST COMMENTS FROM CHIEF FORTÉ AND DEMANDS PUBLIC EXPLANATION!!!
More controversy tonight betwixt Kansas City law enforcement...
CHECK OUT KANSAS CITY POLICE FOP CALLING OUT THE KCPD CHIEF OVER HIS RECENT COMMENTS THAT OFFICERS FIND OFFENSIVE!!!
The comments were regarding "unreasonable" fear that the Chief contends lead to deadly shootings of African-American males . . .
An excerpt . . .
An accusation was made by Chief Forte that we have gone around him regarding policy changes and "try to get favor" with those who make decisions. Our current contract with the Board of Police Commissioners specifically allows for us to be included in policy discussions, and when our input and suggestions are ignored we are allowed to address the Board directly. The chief signed that contract and is aware of the procedure. I will make no apologies for taking the opportunity to protect our member's rights in that contract.
I cannot understand any statement regarding unreasonable fear on our member's part when dealing with life and death situations. We are humans, and not robots. We have families and lives. The fear that officers feel during critical incidents is real. It is not for someone else to tell us what is reasonable or unreasonable. We make decisions based on the totality of circumstances, and strive to do what is reasonable. Our training is based on ruling from our great country's Supreme Court.
I ask that Chief Forte address these issues in a public forum and provide our members with some resolution to his statements not only yesterday, but in forums that he has spoke at a number of times in the last several weeks. There are a number of videos that suggest that he didn't misspeak, but holds those values.
Read the statement in its entirety by clicking this link or the image below . . .
Update: 10PM . . .
The Chief offered his insight on this issue: I'm proud of our officers & will keep addressing difficult issues
Also, a police helicopter made an emergency landing on Independence Ave.
We'll have more info on all this stuff and more for the morning update . . .
Developing . . .