Friday, November 17, 2017
TKC FRIDAY FORESHADOWING: SHOULD KANSAS CITY WORRY ABOUT POLICE STOCKING UP ON RIOT GEAR???
Before we really get into it this morning . . . A quick question of KCPD equipment arises from our KICK-ASS TKC BLOG COMMUNITY . . .
This story seems innocent enough and locals want to see police have the tools they need to do their very dangerous job . . .
Fox4: KCMO police get equipped with new ballistic helmets to keep them safe in potential shootings
The department announced earlier this week it's buying more than 900 ballistic helmets for its officers.
The helmets are meant to be used in potential situations where officers may come under fire . . .
"These officers -- I mean, they have to be equipped," said Stacy Jackson, wife to David Jackson with the KCMO Police Department. "They're the ones protecting us. We've got to at least provide equipment to protect them."
Accordingly, here's the response from a self-described KCPD "watchdog" on the topic of the new gear . . .
"KC has often asked for more police on the streets and greater 'community outreach' but now we see the same kind of militarization tactics from KCPD that have been used in Ferguson, MO during the uprising and among several other departments who are arming themselves with war machines. This is a far cry from community policing that has been demonstrated to reduce crime in other cities. Why are the police stocking up on riot gear? What are they preparing for? Are the protests planned for the midterm election really that terrifying to law enforcement? What kind of message does it send when KCPD sends police in full combat gear into our streets? And will these military uniforms also adorn officers in suburban neighborhoods too? No one is arguing against greater safety for officers, but who will protect the residents of KC from something that looks a great deal like military occupation."
To be fair, KCPD has used tactical gear like the helmet, armored vehicles and a vast array of spy tech (up to & including drones) during their operations for quite a number of years.
You decide . . .