Saturday, May 06, 2017
Working For Ryan Stokes Legacy: Body Cameras For All Kansas City Police?!?!
Nice round-up of a local debate with authorities that continues . . .
Fox4: Friends of man shot and killed by KCPD join push for officer body cameras
Maybe the best round-up of the case we've seen so far in a single paragraph:
"In 2013 cell phone video shows Ryan Stokes and friends arguing with another group at Power and Light over a missing cell phone until pepper spray went off. Several people, including Stokes, ran from the scene. Police caught up with Stokes in a parking lot near 13th and McGee. According to the certificate of commendation awarded to the police officer who shot him, when Stokes refused to drop a weapon, the officer had no choice but to shoot and kill him. But according to the lawsuit filed by the family, Stokes was unarmed."
"Stokes' friends and family have been at every Police Board of Commissioners meeting this year pushing for policy changes . . . So Stokes family and friends will continue to push for changes including equipping all officers with body cameras."
Right now at least 200 KCPD officers have tested body cams . . . But a department-wide policy has yet to be devised amid privacy and legal concerns.
Developing . . .