Friday, December 29, 2017
TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! AMID KANSAS CITY NAACP STREET PRIVATIZATION OUTCRY WESTPORT INSIDERS REVEAL MONITORS ALREADY HIRED TO PREVENT CIVIL RIGHTS ABUSES: 'WHAT MORE CAN WE DO?!?'
Today, the question of Westport's future and alleged civil rights abuses confront Kansas City.
Accordingly . . .
WESTPORT INSIDERS REVEAL EFFORTS TO MONITOR CIVIL RIGHTS ABUSES ARE ALREADY IN PLACE BEFORE NAACP COMPLAINTS!!!
Here's the word . . .
"We're paying four monitors to track how "wanding" and gun checks are conducted. We are are being mindful of security for everyone who visits. This process has taken nearly a year and we've talked with just about everyone. When they wanted assurances we talked with them and mostly agreed to their terms. Look at the reputation of Westport, we don't have any complaints that are based on race compared to places like The Plaza or the P&L District. We host a diverse group of people every weekend and what we're trying to do is get rid of the guns. Gun & drinking don't mix and our efforts are aimed at providing more safety . . . We've taken so many opinions into consideration on this, listened to so many people: What more can we do???"
The allegations and threats from NAACP seemed to be taking their toll on the Westport biz community. Insiders reports that receipts for the district are down 23% this year and this security measure is part of an effort to put people at ease.
"In the end, we're just want to make a safe place for people to have a good time. Look at the reports of who is suffering in the rare instances of violence around the district. It's African-Americans who are the victims. We want to bring the number of crime victims down to zero. If we're getting opposition on this, we have to ask: "Don't Black Lives Matter??"
Today's response from the NAACP cited concerns on principal and legality.
“We do believe that when individuals have an opportunity to violate rights, whether they do it consciously or unconsciously, if the proper protection isn’t there that will happen. But we also believe that if you want to use screening devices, that’s fine. But use the screening devices at the entrances of the private businesses. Don’t take away the public streets,” said Rev. Dr. Rodney Williams, NAACP.
Dr. Rev. Williams is calling for more police saturated in the area to make more arrests during high crime hours.
Check the link round-up:
Fox4KC: NAACP opposes handing over Westport public sidewalks to install metal detection checkpoints to prevent violence
KSHB - KC NAACP: Westport privatization ‘will not solve the real issues that we are dealing with'
KCUR: Kansas City NAACP Promises To Fight Westport Street-Privatization Plan
Fox4: In Spring 2018, anyone entering the heart of Westport on weekends from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. will be carded, sent through metal detectors and bags will be searched -- all in an effort to keep weapons out.
KMBC: NAACP leaders said they will be holding other events to oppose the move
You decide. . .