Saturday, July 30, 2016
TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY CITIZEN TASK FORCE ON VIOLENCE MIRED IN POLITICS!!! CAMPAIGN SEASON DISAGREEMENT DIVIDES GROUP AND CAUSES SOME PARTICIPANTS TO QUIT!!!
This week has seen an EXPLOSION of violence in the Midtown corridor, reports of hipsters targeted whilst playing Pokemon GO and an alleged "flash mob" committing mass robbery in an urban core convenience store . . . So far there hasn't been much of a response from Kansas City elected officials . . . Moreover, a recent note sent our way reveals that a commission formed to address this problem has been seized upon by political opportunists.
To wit . . .
TKC TIPSTERS REVEAL POLITICOS USING MAYOR SLY'S TASK FORCE AS A POLITICAL SOAP BOX AMID ELECTION SEASON!!!
Here's the word:
"TKC, these meetings of the Citizens Task Force for reducing violence in Kansas City have devolved into a really unfortunate joke. During the last meeting, members spent most of the session denouncing Donald Trump and I'm fairly certain that my participation in the event has led to me being added to at least three campaign mailing lists which have asked for donations every day last week.
Also, there are elected officials on this task force who have constantly been pushing a candidate in this primary. I thought I could avoid the conversation by saying that I did not live in the same voting district so I couldn't support the candidate and then I was asked me to hand out campaign literature this weekend.
I think I'm going to join at three of my friends who have already quit the task force because now I hear that they want us to prepare to start releasing statements before the Presidential election which was NOT part of the plan at the outset of this year.
TKC, I know we disagree about role that guns play in the KCMO murder rate and violence and I will admit that I largely agree with some of the statements in support of more Missouri gun regulation. But including these statements and our findings so that we can support of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign will undermine our efforts and make our work seem like a ploy not the productive community forum that all of us have tried to create. I care about the work that we have done so far and I think our residents deserve a voice in the discussion of the growing crime problem. But this task force is becoming a Hillary Clinton political club and that's not why I decided to get involved in the effort. Your readers should know this and they should demand better from our leaders."
Sadly, the Mayor's task force has been marked by low participation and a variety of unproductive discussions and silence while the local homicide rate continues to trend above a five year high.
Developing . . .