Monday, August 26, 2019
TKC TOLD YOU SO!!! KANSAS CITY POLICE UNION DEMANDS MORE OFFICERS AMID WORSENING 2019 HOMICIDE SPIKE!!!
Our blog community STARTED THIS CONVERSATION SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND NOW IT'S NEWS FACT . . .
KCTV5: Police union contends having fewer officers has made KC less safe
There have been 97 homicides in Kansas City so far this year. Brad Lemon, President of The Fraternal Order of Police, told KCTV5 News that Kansas City’s police force was at its highest in 2007 with 1,422 officers.
“When you decide to cut 100 or more police officers from the police department and pretend the city's going to stay safe as it was is just not possible,” Lemon said.
With budget cuts came fewer and fewer police officers. As of July 31, the Kansas City Police Department had a budget for 1,359 officers, with 44 open positions.
Moroever . . .
Here's what's missing from the conversation . . .
In 1968 after the MLK riots Black leaders, police administrators AND elected officials came together to try to address how to make Kansas City safer and the goal of putting 1500 officers on local streets was put forward. MORE THAN 50 YEARS LATER KCMO HAS FAILED to keep that promise.
When we talk about real life benchmarks for the new administration amid the current deadly murder spree, MORE COPS ON LOCAL STREETS IS AN ACHIEVABLE GOAL that needs to be at the forefront of the City Hall conversation because it's is much more productive than so much reactionary hateration, anti-gun rhetoric or social justice blather.
Developing . . .