Wednesday, May 01, 2019
KANSAS CITY LGBT LEADERS DENOUNCE RIGHT-WING 'HATE RALLY' AT UMKC AND LAUNCH COMPLAINTS AGAINST POLICE!!!
The debate over presentation at the city college and the ensuing lavender oil spritzing assault persists.
A few new developments . . .
UMKC LGBT LEADERS CLAIM THE CONFRONTATION BETWIXT PROTESTERS AND POLICE WAS A TERROR ATTACK!!
A recent statement from one of their leaders . . .
"Thursday, April 11 2019, was a terror attack by the far-right against the transgender community. A local hate group invited a propagandist to the University of Missouri - Kansas City, inciting violence against trans people. Instead of protecting those most at risk, the UMKC admin, UMKC-PD and KCPD went after the transgender students who were speaking up in defense of their humanity. Many were pepper sprayed, kicked and punched by the police."
Meanwhile, groups dedicated to ending violence against the local LGBT community have now started fundraising:
"The Kansas City Anti-Violence Project was shocked and saddened to learn of the assault and arrest of a peaceful protester at a school-sponsored hate rally at the University of Missouri – Kansas City Thursday night, April 11, 2019. According to witness accounts, all protesters outside and within the auditorium where the hate speech was held were behaving disruptively, though peacefully and non-violently. One protester, a trans woman of color who uses she/ her pronouns, was seen to be carrying a brightly colored water gun, and was tackled by law enforcement officers. In a video released to the press, the protester is seen on the ground beneath two uniformed officers. Though she in no way act aggressive towards the officers and continues to be under their control, the officers acted excessively in subduing the protester. It is impossible to deny the additional fear and trauma that was deliberately inflicted when one officer uses a taser and appears to place it at the base of the protester’s skull before the other officer uses his leg to put his full body weight on her neck. In this case, we see another instance in which those who are targeted by hate are further victimized by systems which profess to value and protect all in its care . . . "
It's important to note the KCPD response to these claims:
First, KCPD notes the University Police were responsible for the take down of the protester with the squirt gun that has a lot of activists angry:
"University police were involved in this enforcement activity, not us."
Further clarification about KCPD involvement:
"The officers depicted in the original YouTube video of the initial detainment were university police officers, there are KC MO police in this photo yes, they were called to the scene at the request of UMKC Police to ensure safety and crowd control"
Finally, a note about how locals can address their concerns:
"If anyone involved in these events that night feels the KCMO PD acted wrongly or our of policy we welcome that feedback through our office of community complaints."
Developing . . .