TKC SUNDAY SPECIAL!!! WHICH ONE OF THESE KANSAS CITY PUBLIC OFFICIALS SHOULD WE BLAME FOR THE BLOODY SUMMER 2016 CRIME WAVE AND WILL VOTERS HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE???
This weekend two children were gunned down amid an ongoing spate of violence that has pushed the murder count in Kansas City to record highs for this time of year.
Typically, social media chatter blames guns, poverty, Trump and or any social ill that's mostly beyond the control or influence of Kansas City residents.
Sadly, in the ongoing discussion of rising violence in Kansas City the responsibility of public officials is seldom a topic of public discussion. Until now . . .
To wit . . .
TKC SUNDAY SPECIAL QUESTION: WHICH ONE OF THESE PUBLIC OFFICIALS DESERVES THE MOST BLAME FOR THE HORRIFIC RISE IN KANSAS CITY VIOLENCE AMID BLOODY SUMMER 2016!!!
Here are the nominees with just a bit of background to better inform a decision from our blog community . . .
DOES CHIEF FORTÉ DESERVE BLAME FOR RISING KANSAS CITY CRIME???
He's not an elected official but he still answers to the public trust and a board appointed by elected officials. Recently, the Chief has endured a media firestorm over controversial remarks and push back from rank & file officers across the metro who openly questioned the viability of his tenure. Mainstream news reported that support "from the streets" and the community prove his effectiveness. However, budget problems and rising crime numbers amid discord with this colleagues provide reason to question his culpability in the current crime spike.
Council Lady Jolie Justus Leads The Citizens Task Force On Violence That Has Been The Biggest Running Joke Of 2016
The ongoing silence from this group led by Council Lady Jolie is one of the clearest signs that public participation in anti-violence initiatives is ultimately a waste of time. Members have dropped out, the anti-gun bent of the group has been hotly debated and during the primary the meeting served as nothing more than a series of political rallying functions for Democratic Party candidates . . .
Worse still . . . Midtown Kansas City in the 4th District has endured one of the worst upticks in local crime and Council Lady Jolie hasn't said ANYTHING about this tragic trend. Instead, we've heard more about her supporters pushing her to run for Mayor.
Should Mayor Sly Shoulder Blame For The Deadly Kansas City 2016 Crime Wave???
Mayor Sly is great at expressing anger, empathy and frustration at so many local killings but his legislative efforts toward the problem have been mostly unimpressive. Yes, there a great many anti-violence programs City Hall funds but if we think about local government in terms of allocations . . . Look at all the HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS Mayor Sly has helped direct toward taxpayer funded development schemes for the benefit of local corporations and weigh that against the funding of so many anti-crime groups -- Only then will the priorities of his administration become clear.
And so . . .
HOLDING LOCAL PUBLIC OFFICIALS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE LIVING CONDITIONS OF KANSAS CITY SHOULDN'T BE CONTROVERSIAL DESPITE THE UNWILLINGNESS OF THE MEDIA TO CONSIDER THEIR RESPONSIBILITY!!!
Nevertheless, politicos, civic boosters, consultants and hacks of all kinds would rather the public focus on esoteric issues decided in faraway places, if at all, then looking toward people in power locally to take responsibility for the jobs they have sworn to uphold.
Accordingly . . .
Pick one of these folks and tell us why you think they deserve the blame for so many people and kids getting gunned down this year...