Sunday, January 13, 2019
HOW LONG WILL KCPD PLAY BLAME GAME WITH SHERIFF FORTÉ?!?!
The week Chief Richard Smith announced the result of a 'Crimes Against Children' Internal Investigation and noted that 17 members of the KCPD had been disciplined in the aftermath.
The statement from Chief Smith took full responsibility and offered a detailed public accounting of the episode along with important improvements that will impact the future.
Read it here for those who haven't already:
Conclusion of the investigation into the Crimes Against Children Section
However, the discussion in the aftermath of the announcement seemed to challenge the narrative.
Some denizens our our blog community didn't seem satisfied with the "discipline" and noted that nobody was actually "fired" and instead workers were simply shifted from one spot to the next or pushed into retirement.
Even more interestingly . . .
AMONG LOCAL PUNDITS AND VOTERS, THE BLAME FOR THE LACKLUSTER POLICING WAS SHIFTED TO SHERIFF FORTÉ AND CITED HIS LEGACY!!!
Certainly, the legacy of the former Chief deserves to be examined.
However . . .
THE BLAME GAME IS POINTLESS IF THERE'S NOT REAL ACCOUNTABILITY!!!
More to the point . . .
The "blame the old Chief" card is now used up. There are still a lot of issues confronting KCPD and blaming the old boss is no longer an acceptable answer if supporters of the organization want to be taken seriously.
Don't get it twisted, grousing about the old Chief and his EPIC PAYCHECKS is acceptable and should be part of his political record in the future. But using the Sheriff as a punching bag for every law enforcement crisis only serves to reinforce the status quo given that he's not up for reelection any time soon and most officials at the County are horrifically entrenched.
In fact, the focus of this post is only to provide better public info and to offer a hint to readers that so much of the local law enforcement blame game is merely a pastime for the permanently powerless who aren't interested in policy changes confronting KCPD like the local control fight but INSTEAD want to focus on petty drama that's unlikely to change anything.
Developing . . .