Monday, August 15, 2016
Kansas City Dead Tree Media Double Down On High Praise For Embattled Police Chief Forté
The local daily newspaper is repeating sentiments first and more articulately expressed in a much better publication . . .
Previously this Summer . . .
Wall Street Journal: Kansas City Chief Builds Bridges to Black Residents
The metro take on this topic is far more quaint and makes a polite argument that still deserves examination . . .
THE UNDERLYING PREMISE OF THESE RECENT MAINSTREAM MEDIA ACCOLADES IS THAT KANSAS CITY WILL RIOT WITHOUT A BLACK POLICE CHIEF . . . AND SO WE ASK: IS THAT IDEA UNDERESTIMATING AND SHAMING EVERYONE IN KANSAS CITY?!?!
The idea that this town is on the cusp of taking to the streets if not for the reign of a guy WHO HAS CONFRONTED CRITICISM FROM THE LOCAL AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY AS WELL AS SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIORS is a notion that deserves imagination . . . My favorite episode is when One Struggle made fun of the Chief's sick hampster which was clearly a highlight of local discourse . . . But I digress . . .
Here are the kudos to the Chief from Dead Tree Media predicated on an unwritten thesis which mistakenly believes that any public official Black or white can control the palpable rage on American streets with appeasement and anything less than a promise of swift justice.
And none of this mentions this problems that the Chief has confronted with his colleagues representing the rank & file regarding controversial statements about "unreasonable" fear that many believed made a bad situation worse.
Take a look:
Dead Tree Media Editorial: Healing, peace, better relations must follow black, police killings in U.S.
Money line . . .
Kansas Citians understand. Darryl Forté five years ago became this city’s first black police chief, and during the national turmoil, Kansas City couldn’t have hoped for better leadership.
In his tenure, Forté has increased the number of officers of color on the force. Officer-involved fatal shootings have dropped, and the policy against “cowardliness” and never backing up has changed. De-escalation and disengagement are winning strategies in managing volatile situations.
Forté has earned widespread praise. Bringing down tension doesn’t lessen effective policing. Forté said in an interview with The Star’s editorial board that police and the community need to focus on building better relationships.
“The police are part of the community — not us versus them,” Forté said after finishing a day’s work at Police Headquarters only to then go out on his Harley to ride in the community that the department serves. “That’s something I try to get through to people.
“We’re in this together.”
You decide . . .