DESPITE WEEKEND DOUBLE SHOOTING, COMMUNITY INSIDERS DEMAND: IT'S TIME FOR KANSAS CITY TO ABANDON EXPENSIVE AND UNSUCCESSFUL POLICE CRACKDOWN ON THE COUNTRY CLUB PLAZA!!!
This year has seen a dramatic increase in violence throughout Kansas City and especially in entertainment districts.
Remember that just a few weeks ago six people were shot in Westport over the Summer . . .
The P&L District has been tarnished by ongoing violence and continued controversy about a police shooting.
And this weekend double gunfire that sent two people to the hospital has put Plaza residents on edge:
Fox4: Tensions running high after two people shot on the plaza
KSHB: Plaza goers see spike in violence
To wit . . .
STILL . . . TOP ECHELON KANSAS CITY COMMUNITY INSIDERS DEMAND CITY HALL STOP USING POLICE RESOURCES TO PROTECT THIS PRIVATE ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT GIVEN THE UNSUCCESSFUL EFFORT TO CURB COUNTRY CLUB PLAZA VIOLENCE!!!
The context here is that police have dedicated A GREAT DEAL OF RESOURCES TO THIS PLACE and even the KCPD Chief spends a lot of time tweeting from the scene of the Plaza most weekends. Still the crackdown hasn't helped to eliminate growing violence.
Here's the word . . .
"What City Hall is doing is not working and the Plaza is worse than ever. In the meantime, we have rising crime across the city and this focus on the Plaza is directing attention away from our neighborhoods that are also plagued by crime. It's time for the Plaza to pay for itself and use more private security in coordination with police instead of local taxpayers footing the bill. What do we have to lose? Obviously the strategy now isn't working so Plaza merchants and neighborhoods need to contribute more in order to find a better solution and the rest of the city shouldn't be expected to pick up the tab for that cost. The Plaza must pay its fair share!"
This idea is counter-intuitive but could help to find a better solution that focuses on community cooperation and might even recruit more locals to keep the peace.
Still . . . What's clear in the aftermath of the weekend double shooting is that Kansas City taxpayers have grown weary of protecting the Plaza given years of an overwhelming police presence as violence continues to escalate.
You decide . . .