Tuesday, January 15, 2019
KCPD 2019 PROMISE: PROSECUTING CELEBRATORY GUNFIRE SUSPECTS!!!
We're halfway through January BUT this New Year's resolution from the po-po deserves mention . . . Local po-po promise a crackdown on party people who fire guns to celebrate good times. It's a bold declaration given that gunfire suspects throughout the year seldom confront consequences. Still, the effort should be appreciated.
Even better . . .
KCPD PROMISES TO USE SPY TECH SHOTSPOTTER TO BUILD CASES AGAINST CELEBRATORY GUNFIRE SUSPECTS!!!
This effort might be directly related to our blog community calling out the tech as "useless" given so much shooting this year.
A look at how the equimpent is being used to gather evidence . . .
"The ShotSpotter gunshot detection system covers 3.5 square miles of the city that have a high rate of gun violence and shots fired. Using that and recovered shell casings, officers found one address where 360 shots were fired on New Year’s Eve night, and they were from at least nine different guns, based on the calibers of the shell casings. In just East Patrol Division, officers recovered 180 additional shell casings from at least 13 other incidents."
The top cop post on the topic . . .
KCPD Chief: We're following up on New Year's Eve gunfire
Money line on how the crackdown might work . . .
"We are gathering evidence so that as many people who illegally discharged firearms on New Year’s Eve (which is prohibited by City ordinance) can be issued citations if possible. It’s likely that some of those discharging firearms cannot legally possess a gun (because they are convicted felons, for example), so we are working with our federal partners to build those cases, as well."
Developing . . .