Monday, October 16, 2017
KANSAS CITY WESTPORT WILD WEEKEND AFTERMATH: POLICE SHOOTING ACTIVISTS VS. STREET PRIVATIZATION PROPONENTS!!!
More bullets fired in Westport over the weekend bring us to the ongoing debate over security vs. social justice in Kansas City.
The sitch: Westport violence has escalated dramatically during bloody KCMO 2017. Midtown party district proprietors believe that street privatization is their only hope to provide better security and save their businesses whilst critics argue that policy will promote discrimination and warn against increasingly tough tactics to secure the embattled location by police.
Here's the best round-up of the latest shooting:
Fox4: Officer fires at suspect attempting to strike him with car in Westport
Police say a driver tried to hit a KCPD officer near Pennsylvania and Westport, around 2:20 a.m. Sunday morning. The officer was not injured, but did fire his weapon at the suspect.
Several Westport visitors said they no longer visit the area after dark.
"It just seems like it is become a weekly event. I wasn't necessarily surprised but I was upset about it because it is getting old . . ."
In the aftermath Kansas City activists decry the increasing use of deadly force by the KCPD:
"Some departments around the nation have changed their stance on considering a car a "deadly weapon" and the police there are not allowed to shoot drivers because, you know, if there's one way to ensure a car becomes a weapon it is to shoot its driver."
Meanwhile, supporters of privatization push their proposed solution:
"More violence in Westport is just another reason why we need to privatize streets and step up security. Our 4th District leadership needs to keep their promise and help us save this historic gem of Kansas City."
You decide . . .