TKC MUST READ!!! COUNCILMAN LUCAS CONSIDERS KANSAS CITY VIOLENCE!!!
Violence threaten the City Council and this response is better than any that we've seen so far . . .
While we disagree about murder rate trends and the constant sound of GUNFIRE THAT STILL ECHOS THROUGH THE URBAN CORE . . . Councilman Lucas shares an important perspective that offers good ideas to reinvigorate the local fight against crime:
3rd District At-Large Councilman Quinton Lucas Morning Thoughts On Violent Crime
I'm glad my colleague, Alissia Canady, is all right. I'm sad that she and so many others in our community have experiences like this one.
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I think there are solutions: re-tooling of law enforcement efforts to build a stronger presence in patrol divisions; community investment in mentoring programs--and not high administrative costs for them; public health opportunities for counseling of youth; and more. I know the Mayor's task force will release proposals soon and I look forward to hearing them.
Since I finished high school, so much has gotten better in KC: Downtown is nicer, our population has increased, we have a stronger national presence, but our homicide rate remains shockingly similar and quality of life remains negatively impacted by violent crime in our poorest communities. Many of us grew up hearing gunshots when we slept, knowing a murder victim or two, and until we address this problem we'll never have the city our citizens deserve.
You decide . . .