Tuesday, November 05, 2019
TKC TOLD YOU SO!!! ACTIVIST PUSH FOR KCPD 'LOCAL CONTROL' HAS GREATER COMMUNITY SUPPORT THIS TIME!!!
A scary resolution launched on Halloween . . .
Ordinance #190912: Directing the City Manager to conduct an analysis of the advantages and disadvantages to the City if local control of the Kansas City Police Department were returned to the City.
We've talked about this during the run-up to the election and now it looks like the new council is starting to take action.
Back in 2013 the KCPD rank & file police union denizens pushed back this effort but since that time there has been a consistent and well-planned strategy to move the police to CITY HALL CONTROL . . . Given that the mayor already has a place on the police board and so they are, in fact, locally controlled.
Here's why it'll work this time around . . .
- Tax Fighters are showing support for it as a strange compromise in order to garner favor in the urban core. Neither Rex Sinquefield nor Crosby Kemper will have to deal with the aftermath.
- KCMO is desperate for cash . . . Behind the scenes, THIS IS POWER PLAY TO GET TO POLICE PENSIONS. Social justice concerns are a distraction for the plebs. KCMO needs money and Missouri or police officials can't keep their pensions out of city hall hands forever once they're inside the system. They'll say a pension takeover could "NEVER HAPPEN" but ask former Councilman Ed Ford and he's very forthright about police pension money coming under city hall control as an inevitability.
- To be fair, accountability is a major issue. With a violent crime spike and more complaints over the KCPD "perfect record" in officer-involved shootings. The police might not have the votes or the public goodwill to stay out of city hall clutches.
Developing . . .