Monday, July 08, 2019
KANSAS CITY STAR OMITS TRANS HOBO ALLEGEDLY MAKING RACIST THREATS AGAINST ASIAN STORE OWNER IN 'BRUTALITY' SCREED TARGETING KCPD!!!
Just now, in what seems like a pathetic attempt to boost subscription and advertising numbers, the newspaper is spreading dangerous misinformation that puts local streets at risk.
To wit . . .
A KANSAS CITY STAR UNSIGNED EDITORIAL ATTACKS KCPD FOR BRUTALITY BUT FAILS TO PROVIDE THE FULL CONTEXT OF THE CONFLICT!!!
The newspaper screed offers little description of the hobo lady and her sacks of junk strewn across the Plaza and only note that she was "accused only of misdemeanor offenses . . . The police report suggests THE SUSPECT refused to leave a store near Brush Creek Boulevard and Virginia Avenue and struggled with officers when accosted."
Thankfully, KCTV5 offers more context: "The woman was inside the store shouting racial slurs offensive to Asian people at him and refused to leave."
It's also important to know that our blog community talked about this situation last month as we considered the right to record the po-po.
We noted the limited coverage again over the weekend as the newspaper apparently was gearing up to move forward with a false narrative.
Today's editorial conclusion from the newspaper:
"The video footage does show the officers’ basic disregard for the well-being of a human being. And that should deeply trouble us all."
Meanwhile our TKC hot take:
THE KANSAS CITY STAR SHOWS A BLATANT DISREGARD FOR READERS WITH THIS ONE SIDED SCREED THAT HOPES TO SPARK PROTEST AGAINST POLICE WITH A ONE-SIDED REPORT!!!
A few more things to consider . . .
- Don't expect an outpouring of sympathy from the larger African-American community. A sad reality: Neither the Revs nor the East Side political establishment will stand up for a hobo trans lady who was allegedly resisting arrest.
- We don't argue the arrest looked rough. Maybe too rough??? That's up to viewers and already the case is up for review WHICH IS PROPER KCPD PROCEDURE. But the editorial jump to a conclusion without sharing context isn't journalism, it's propaganda.
- This story is old. KCTV5 was on it LAST MONTH and dredging up this one at the apex of Summer seems not only like lazy coverage from The Star but also a very cynical and dangerous ploy to push a destructive narrative which only endangers more people on local streets.
You decide . . .