TKC BREAKING NEWS MUST READ!!! EPIC KANSAS CITY LAW ENFORCEMENT DEBATE!!! SCATHING OPEN LETTER FROM KCK POLICE UNION PREZ RAGES AGAINST KCPD CHIEF FORTÉ: 'YOU ARE ONLY MAKING IT WORSE'
This note revealing Kansas City police conflict is spreading like wildfire across the local Internets and requires very little prelude, it speaks for itself and calls the KCMO Chief into questions for his recent statements.
“AN OPEN LETTER TO KCMO PD POLICE CHIEF DARRYL FORTE”
Dear Chief Forte:
Please allow me to introduce myself, my name is Scott Kirkpatrick and I am the President of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4 in Kansas City, Kansas. I am writing to you to address some misguided and dangerous statements that you made with regard to police use of force in a recent Kansas City Star interview.
As you know, our Department has experienced unprecedented anguish and grief in the aftermath of the murder of our friends, colleagues and brothers, Det. Brad Lancaster and Captain Robert Melton. We have spent the last two months mourning the loss of these two brave men. We all are trying to heal. Many are trying to resist the urge to throw in the towel and leave law enforcement. Chief Zeigler, through both of these terrible tragedies, has provided untold support to our officers. He has worked tirelessly to keep our morale high, and we applaud him for it.
However, your misguided statements in your recent interview have again torn those healing wounds wide open. In your interview, you say that the recent killing of suspects is a result of as you say “UNREASONABLE FEAR.” When I heard those words, I had to listen to them again because I could not believe that the head of a well-respected law enforcement agency, and person who wears the uniform, would make such ridiculous uninformed comments.
First, how would you pretend to know what was in the hearts of any of those officers. You have not spoken to them, nor you do know them. You have not been directly or indirectly involved in the investigation so you could not and do not know all the facts. Nevertheless, your uninformed speculation is just fuel to the fire of those who have already demonstrated a desire and willingness to harm police officers. When the enemies of justice see comments like this from you as a Chief, it gives them all the license they need to engage in unimaginably callous acts against those you are supposed to represent.
Second and most importantly, to suggest that an officer’s fear at any time is per se unreasonable without knowing the facts represents a monumental misunderstanding of the job we are doing out of the streets in the current climate. Officers are rightfully on edge. They have seen their brothers and sisters gunned down in cold blood simply for wearing the uniform. You say that their fear is unreasonable. Well tell that to Det. Lancaster’s wife and daughters. Tell that to Captain Melton’s children and loved ones. Tell that to the families of officers in New York, Dallas and Baton Rouge and as close as Baldwin, Missouri. The fear is real. People are out to harm us. And now your comments will only make things worse.
On behalf of all the officers I represent, and those that work in and around Kansas City who saw your comments, I ask that you retract your statement immediately and apologize to the families of those fallen officers your words have harmed some completely and so unbelievably.
Right now, you are a detriment to our profession. You are not helping. You are only making it worse.