Friday, December 20, 2019
TKC MUST READ!!! KANSAS CITY POLICE 'LOCAL CONTROL' ADVOCATES SHARE RESEARCH ON REPRESENTATION!!!
KCPD leadership effectively killed the issue of "local control" until next year.
However, leading up legislative smack down . . . A great deal of interesting data has emerged that hopes to reach across the cowtown Geo-political divide.
To wit . . .
KCPD LOCAL CONTROL ADVOCATES REVEAL THAT BROOKSIDE/PLAZA RESIDENTS RUN THE POLICE!!!
Recently shared via social media, here's a breakdown of the more captivating bits of their data . . .
"According to our research, no one who has served on the KCMO Governor Appointed* Board of Police Commissioners over the past decade has lived between Troost and I-435. *Mayor Lucas lives in this area; he is on the board by election, not appointment."
On corridor control . . .
"Did you know that in the past 15+ years, the Board of Police Commissioners has had only 1 appointment of a resident from the geographic area of Troost to I-435, all the way south to 470, north to the city limits? This is a HUGE slice of the city that has mostly been unrepresented in police governance. In that same time period, there have been 9 board members who live in the Brookside/ Plaza area. We don't need a governor deciding who is in charge of our police... that is our job, Kansas City."
Shout out to the Northland . . .
"Kansas City~ It might surprise you to know that research could only find two people who served on the Board of Police Commissioners for KCMO over the past decade who live in Platte or Clay Counties, North of the River. #LocalControl"
Reality check: So far there are only two confirmed yes votes on the Council for local control and this seems to be an uphill fight.
Moreover, there is a SURPRISING LEVEL OF COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR KEEPING LOCAL CONTROL.
This post on the topic from the KCPD Chief might be the best he shared this year:
KCPD's unique governance model serves Kansas City well
Nevertheless . . .
Activists continue to press for "local control" as a response and solution to community frustration over rising homicide numbers and the growing number of controversial, deadly, officer-involved shootings.
Developing . . .