Saturday, September 14, 2019

TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! CITY HALL CREATING 'KANSAS CITY INNOCENCE COMMISSION' TO PUSH BACK AGAINST PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX AMID DEADLY 2019 CRIME WAVE!!!



Despite a record breaking week for KCMO homicides, the quest for social justice persists as Mayor & City Council are soon to consider more checks & balances against police.

To wit . . .

THE KANSAS CITY INNOCENCE COMMISSION CHALLENGES THE JUSTICE SYSTEM STATUS QUO AND WORKS TO SET INNOCENT PEOPLE FREE!!!

These are noble goals even if the timing is horrible as chaos rules local streets.

Take a look at what this newly devised commission hopes to accomplish . . .

The commission shall:

(1) Analyze the circumstances of innocent persons being charged, prosecuted, convicted, and incarcerated in municipal court.

(2) Advise the city manager concerning the causes and factors associated with such wrongful convictions;

(3) Consider and recommend reforms to any investigative, prosecutorial, judicial, and other processes;

(4) Make proposals on reducing the likelihood that innocent persons are convicted of ordinance violations

(5) The commission shall evaluate current practices and make appropriate recommendations in the following areas:

a. Eyewitness identification processes;

b. Videotaping custodial and other questioning of suspects and witnesses;

c. Use of informants', cooperating individuals', and inmates' testimony;

d. Use of witnesses with questionable credibility;

e. Timely and full compliance with the responsibility to make exculpatory information available to a defendant and his or her counsel;

f. Independent, impartial, and scientifically reliable forensic laboratory operations;

g. Payment of counsel for the defense, for investigative services, and other trial costs;

h. Any other factors or areas that may be brought to the attention of the commission that relates to the concern of the wrongful convictions of innocent persons; and

i. Oversight and disciplinary structures for evaluating allegations of prosecutorial, defense, and judicial misconduct in municipal court proceedings.
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Let's be fair, 3rd District Councilman Brandon Ellington has sponsored this ordinance in an effort to listen to his district and their frustrations. Moreover, there's a progressive push to challenge the tactics and systemic dysfunction of an overcrowded U.S. prison system. The Midwest Innocence Project regularly earns high praise from politicos on both sides of the isle for their work in freeing wrongly convicted inmates in KCMO and across the nation. 

But again, the timing is unfortunate. Public outcry for police to reestablish order in the more violent parts of town sadly drowns out more thoughtful considerations of liberty and equitable practices for our justice system.

Even more interestingly, there are quite a few longstanding arguments which merit consideration regarding local street violence as an expression of outrage against inequality and unfairness in American society. At its core, this effort might (or might not) alleviate KCMO community tension and demonstrate a commitment toward local government fairness so that all residents are more invested in the fate of their communities and thereby refrain from violence. That would be nice and should make readers feel all warm & fuzzy.

The fact is . . .

Kansas City has become exceptionally bloody in 2019 and so far solutions crafted at 12th & Oak have addressed a myriad of concerns except one: Continued outcry from residents to PUT MORE POLICE OFFICERS ON THE STREET and lock up violent criminals.

None of this is to say that social justice won't help alleviate local violence even if residents confronting the constant sound of nearby gunfire have more pressing concerns.

Developing . . .

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

make it plain TKC. people want more prisons and now more prisoners on the street.

Don't deny that people locked up unjustly exists but the numbers are much smaller than guilty criminals who want to get out of jail on a technicality in order to continue their dangerous lifestyle.

Anonymous said...

^^^^ Maybe, I'm just disappointed that the Innocence Commission wasn't a collection of super heroes to fight local crime.

Anonymous said...

Better title: Kansas City Creates Get Out Of Jail Free Card.

Sorry, dude, you missed an opportunity here.

Anonymous said...

Prison reform should include fast track death penalty and deportations.

Anonymous said...

If you want to completely lose your faith in humanity KCMO is on the top of the list of places to move to.

Anonymous said...

bad idea jeans: Let more criminals out on the streets during a record homicide year.

Anonymous said...

Wrongful convictions? With Jean Petersucker Baker as our prosecutor? Seriously, we need a wrongful acquittal commission to investigate all the cases she has fucked up. This is complete bullshit.

Anonymous said...

Is this why he was too busy and had his mother call a Developer and got her ass chewed out?

Anonymous said...

We all know where this is headed. Might as well write the report now and stop pretending.

Anonymous said...

Most defendants go through the state and county criminal justice systems, so this long long list of hoops to jump through really has very little impact on them or those courts.
It's not acceptable for innocent people to be convicted and incarcerated, but that number in contrast to the "mass incarceration" that constantly bandied about is actually very very small.
You would think (hope) that elected officials would be more interested in focusing on the terrible impact on hard-working urban core residents and their families that a small number of self-destructive thugs have than they would bending over backwards for goons.
But excuses and trying to place blame elsewhere are the features of the "social justice" crowd.
Misplaced, ineffective, and just plain sad.

Gus said...

Witnesses with low credibility? LMAO!

Crimes concocted in Hell's Kitchen do not have angels for witnesses.

Anonymous said...

Petersucker doesn’t send anybody to jail period, why do we need another expensive ass program that only pays people to do nothing?

Anonymous said...

We need more prisons and a good prosecutor to fill it up with hood rat criminals. That means we have to get rid of our worthless prosecutor, Jean Petersucker Baker, because she is weak and useless. Jean Petersucker Baker is the criminals best friend.

Anonymous said...

This idea is more appropriately pushed at the state level and will have almost no impact on municipal cases. Sentences on the local level can't exceed 6 months. He should do some real work.

Anonymous said...

Encourage everyone to arm themselves. Open the doors of the prisons and turn everyone loose.

Anonymous said...

CCW all day everyday ! Be safe my law abiding citizens .

Anonymous said...

Funny TKC but I have not figured out why you secretly try to hate on Mr. Ellington. At least this young brother understands that the police can not stop crimes or criminals they only arrest them after a crime has occurred. Plus he has some good ideas on changing community and police relations. But I will not hold my breath waiting on you to highlight them. But seriously how much how much is Freedum paying? I am a 3rd District resident and I would like to know.

Anonymous said...

4:50 that does not seem to hold for WHITE criminals however.

Anonymous said...

Why in the world would the commission report findings to the city manager? The credibility of the current city manager taints all he touches. He states the previous mayor and council authorized him to make personnel changes to affect a “culture change” in city hall; resulting in widespread low morale, distrust and lack of respect from city employees. I can’t imagine why the previous city council and mayor would think his background warranted such a broad subjective goal with no known specific objectives, measures and most importantly, no oversight.

One possible measurement of the culture change at city hall could certainly be the record employee lawsuit settlements the last 8 years. So why not give him more authority to impact the lives of citizens.

Anonymous said...

Ellington is a racist bastard, I’ve seen his racist ass in action so that must mean you’re racist too. 3rd district goes all the way to the edge of raytown, independence and blue springs and no 3rd district clowncil member has done shit for us on the real east side besides take our money and waste it in the ghetto.

Anonymous said...

I will just leave thus here for consideration :

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7462265/Police-Georgia-man-faked-racially-motivated-burglary.html?ico=pushly-notifcation-small

Anonymous said...

KCMO headed for another record year of homicides, well on its way to the 150+ mark again, and most of them in the Third District, and THIS is the priority?
Willful ignorance.

Anonymous said...

you invent the crow, she'll eat it.

Anonymous said...

Would like to hear more discussion of this idea it's not bad and I agree with TKC. There's an outside chance that this could help alleviate the violence problem we have here in Kansas City.

Anonymous said...

Great point. Hes doing nothing to stop murders and crime yet that was his platform.

Anonymous said...

90 percent of the comments on TKC blog have been racist, but that's for the history books. Nobody cares about the murders. You don't see the Caddy Dealership at 31st and Main boarded up or fenced in like a jail? KCPD is running a payday loan scheme to generate tax revenue to justify their bloated existence.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the councilman ellington. As for the racism, where you think you live, this is KC? That's not the blog's fault. This is America.

Anonymous said...

No this isnt being sponsored due to his constituents. His constituents asked for him to reduce crime and murders.

Anonymous said...

^Y^^^^ Um, isn't that the same thing? He's doing something because his constituents asked him to . . . Don't be so sensitive.

Anonymous said...

Won't work.

Anonymous said...

^^^^ Don't know until you try dickhead.

Anonymous said...

You're still talking your crybaby bullshit.

Anonymous said...

^^^^ B.S. innocent people are imprisoned, it's important to get them out.