Saturday, January 05, 2019
KANSAS CITY FIREFIGHTERS VS. HOMELESS: KCFD DENY CRUELTY ALLEGATIONS OF LOCAL HOBO!!!
Conflicting stories betwixt the KC's Fire Department vs. a homeless dude and many local advocates heat up amid a recent denial.
Recap: A homeless guy claimed KCFD doused his junk and left him soaked amid extreme cold and in danger of freezing to death. KCFD confirms putting out a fire, denies the spray but doesn't mention any help provided to the victim in question after all of his belongings were destroyed.
More to the point . . .
With respect to all parties involved and just to point out even more discord among factions in KCMO . . .
IS THERE AN INHERENT CONFLICT RISING AMONG HOMELESS AGAINST KANSAS CITY FIRE FIGHTERS?!?!?
A few points for consideration as a story TKC broke last year about burnt out Beardsley Road continues to influence the conversation . . .
- Ambulance services are now continually, the fastest growing part of KCFD duties so they're VERY up-close & personal with the local hobo population and realize (better than most) the danger posed by this community who still need and deserve a great deal of care - AND aren't able to pay for it.
- KCFD cites THE BEARDSLY ROAD HOBO REBELLION OF 2018 and dismisses complaints of the homeless dude by instead refocusing the conversation to decaying infrastructure. It's a cruel bit of rhetoric but actually 100% correct as local homeless pose a growing threat to local infrastructure i.e. the best shortcut in KC is closed thanks to a hobo village burned town.
- Appeal to authority . . . The report touts interviews with the FD but no documentation of testimony from the gentleman hobo. In a perfect world, testimony from everyone involved in the incident should be weighed equally. Kansas City, of course, is nowhere close to a perfect world.
Accordingly, here's the most important part of the fracas which signals growing tension as the ranks of KCMO hobos will only increase and strain local resources . . .
On Friday, KCFD said in a statement that officials interviewed every firefighter who responded to the fire about what happened, along with KC police who were on scene.
The agency said its crews didn’t violate any department policies or expectations and they didn’t spray anyone with water.
But KCFD said one man at the scene was asked to moved while crews worked to put out the fire, and some personal belongings got wet. The department said it’s common for personal property to get wet when a fire is extinguished.
In its release, KCFD said it tries to educate people about these types of fires. The department pointed to several recent fires, including one under a bridge on Beardsley Road that has left that road closed since November. In January 2018, a homeless person died in a fire at a nearby homeless camp, KCDF said.
“When informed of illegal burning at such locations, we take action as necessary to extinguish the fire and abate the threat to life, property and infrastructure,” the department said.
Fox4: After investigation, KCFD says firefighters didn’t spray homeless man while putting out campfire
You decide . . .