Monday, April 29, 2019

TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! DR. ERNEST EVANS EXAMINES CRIME THREAT CONFRONTING 2019 KANSAS CITY ELECTION!!!



Dr. Ernest Evans is one of the leading local experts in the study of crime trends. He has published several articles, earned TV coverage and given countless presentations on the topic.

As the KCMO general election quickly approaches, Dr. Evans has blessed our TKC Blog Community with his insight into the local crime problem backed up by solid research and data.

Here's a preview of the takeaway which needs to be shared loud & clear:

KANSAS CITY MUST SUPPORT POLICE AMID WORSENING CULTURE WAR POLITICS TARGETING LAW ENFORCEMENT!!!

Dr. Evans explains his position brilliantly and with lots of important stats & facts and his words are a MUST READ for any informed Kansas City voter, candidate or current elected official. Checkit:

Dr. Ernest Evans: The Crime Issue in the 2019 Elections in Kansas City, Missouri

On April 4, 1968 Dr, Martin Luther Kind was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. In response to his murder, riots broke out in a number of American cities, including Kansas City, Missouri. By the time that the riot was over six people had died.



In the aftermath of the riot, the city's mayor, "Ike" Davis, established a commission to study the riot and make recommendations as to how to prevent another such riot. The commission made a number of recommendations--one of which was that the KCPD be expanded from 1,000 sworn officers to 1.500 sworn officers.

KCMO's population has declined since 1968--but not by much.



We now have 488,000 people on KCMO--compared to 507,000 in 1968. However, the KCPD today is not even close to 1,500 officers--at the end of calendar year 2012 there were 1282 officers on the force--down from 1427 at the end of calendar year 2013.

KXMO is not alone in having its local police force well below its proper strength. Virtually every city in the country is now experiencing a shortage of officers on its local police force. And, the reason is not hard to find: The Ferguson, Missouri tragedy of August 9, 2014 in which a black teenager was shot and killed by a white cop.

The rights and wrongs of the Ferguson case have been hotly debated in the nearly five years since this tragedy, but what is unmistakably clear is that this case led to a wave of criticism of the nation's police forces over their use of deadly force against the nation's black citizens. This wave of criticism led to many cops leaving their jobs, and sharply cut down on the number of young people applying to police academies.



This shortage of cops on the beat has fueled a national crime surge in the aftermath of Ferguson. From 1994 to 2014 homicides in the US declined virtually every year. Then, in 2015 homicides went up 5.2%, and in 2016 they went up 6.2%.

KCMO has also seen an increase in homicides: As of today there have been 44 homicides in KCMO in 2019, compared to 42 at this point in 2018, 37 at this point in 2017, 32 at this point in 2016, and 26 at this point in 2015. In calendar year 2018 homicides did decline from 151 in 2017 to 137 in 2018--but these figures were much higher than the 82 homicides recorded in 2014.

Now, I stress that I am not calling for some sort of "Dirty Harry" of "Judge Dredd" approach to fighting crime where cops on the beat are judge, jury and executioner. We humans are very fallible and can be easily corrupted, and there is nothing more corrupting than having life and death power over another human being.



No, what our new Mayor and new members of the City Council need to do is "square the circle." Specifically, they must make sure that police officers in KCMO are held accountable for misconduct, but also make sure that officers accused of misconduct get fair media coverage and due process. It is un-PC to say this, but it is a painful reality: The price of getting people to join and stay on on police forces in democratic societies is to guarantee then due process and fair media coverage when they are accused of misconduct.

In conclusion, KCMO does have a quite serious crime problem right now. However, cities like Washington, DC and New York City also had serious crime problems in the early 100-'s and they were able to get crime under control--so there is no reason why KCMO cannot do so as well.
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You decide . . . 

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Absolutely agree with Dr. Evans, I also would encourage the voters to ask all the candidates where they stand on local control. There's a big push for this in the next few years and it could totally destroy KCPD. Of course, that's what a lot of people want and we'll see some community support for it. But for the most part people understand why the majority of cops are against it.

Jameson said...

I like the post but the message needs to be simpler: Put more cops on KC streets. When asked about the issue both Jolie and Quinton dance around on the topic like it's the prom.

Rick Jamed said...

In the urban core there is already a lot of support for police. What I see is that among the "safe spaces" of social media, people post their criticism when they really don't have much experience about real life in a rough neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Dr. Ernest for your post. KC needs to think about our crime problem that's just as important as the affordable housing issue that keeps getting pushed as part of the lead up for 2020.

Anonymous said...

TKC should have mentioned this but Quinton Lucas was the mayoral candidate who got the endorsement from the former KC police chief and the Fraternal order of police.

Save The Plaza said...

Crime in KC is getting out of control, there are a lot of small business people who know this is a fact and constantly complain about it, their voices are not being heard.

Anonymous said...

Some cities like New York may be underreporting crime to make themselves look better when in reality their crime rates are
also really bad.

Unknown said...

Until smart people are in place to run Kansas City, only idiotic things will continue to take place here in government.

Anonymous said...

What did the popo do to get such harsh criticism for this supposed mis conducrt? They haven’t shot and killed anybody that didn’t deserve it so that’s not it, they pull people over all the time for doing stupid shit or no tags and such so that’s not it, if anything I think they could do better at enforcing the laws.

Anonymous said...

He mentions the murderous negroe problem but doesn’t give any answers, why not?

Super Dave said...

People scream when the police don't do their job and then they scream when they do actually what it is they are suppose to do.

You can't have it both ways.

People hate having someone with more power over them than they have. Everyone wants to be in charge and that will never work. But when people have sat back and allowed their government to make a complete mess of their cities they have nobody to blame but themselves. They either didn't get out and vote the right people into office or have chosen to not vote and bitch later about who gets elected. One or two people are not going to make the changes that need to be made. The town has to come together as a whole to make a difference and for some reason that isn't happening.

Anonymous said...

Call it what it is boys and girls. The city has a black attitude problem. They know who the trouble makers are. They need to solve this problem themselves. Put a vigilante note on the bodies and KCMO will write off the corpse as bulk waste and discard it.

Anonymous said...

^^^ +1000000000

I think the police in most cases get a bad rap when petersucker keeps letting the criminals and murderers out after sitting in the county jail for three or four years and clalling that time served, if we only had a prosecutor that did their job, petersucker clearly isn’t doing it and needs to be removed. She is literally responsible for the terrible loss of life in this city.

Anonymous said...

We have a black murder problem and how is it kcpd’s fault? Again, the blacks are blaming everybody else for their self created problems.

Anonymous said...

The women working at dst systems inc, who slept with all their managers and bosses should have been charged with contributing to adultery. Lots of legs spread for promotions

Anonymous said...

I’m confused, what’s the riot 51 years ago have to do with the murdering hoodrats that are destroying the city today...... kinda like they tried to burn the city down in 68 but that was the police depts fault, not the thievin Robbin blacks right

Anonymous said...

Lots of women there spread their legs and got fucked with no hope of a promotion. They do everywhere.

Anonymous said...

More cops is not the solution unless we replace Jean Petersucker Baker with a competent prosecutor who is determined to send criminals to prison. Jean Petersucker Baker is the worst prosecutor ever in the entire history of prosecutors. She has no skills and no desire for prosecuting criminals.

Another Midtown Mom said...

Agree with some of the comments here, it's not just about cops but the prosecutors and also the judges. There is lots of blame to go around but very few taking responsibility.

Anonymous said...

Which candidate promises to put more cops on the streets?

NEITHER.

And that's the biggest problem.

Anonymous said...

Blame Sly.

Anonymous said...

What percentage of KC budget goes to law enforcement?

Anonymous said...

KC has too much crime. Who would want to live there? Who would want to be a cop there other than psychos on power trips who get off on confrontations with lowlifes? Jolie and Quinton are a complete joke just like Sly.