Saturday, June 06, 2020
KANSAS CITY MORE2 ACTIVISTS RAMP UP DEMANDS TO FIRE KCPD CHIEF SMITH!!!
There's a coalition working to replace KCPD Chief Smith and it seems they're gaining traction or at least attracting greater consideration as protests against police continue across the nation.
First, just a bit of background . . .
MORE2 is "a social justice organization representing different faith traditions, cultural backgrounds, races, and economic means. The organization included twelve congregations and has now grown to thirty-two congregations and many individual members. We are united in our commitment to transforming our communities, building a Kansas City area that embraces all people and offers everyone the opportunity to achieve their greatest potential."
Some locals might forget that their advocacy, protests and complaints helped to force the resignation the KCK Police Chief.
Given the current political climate in Kansas City, more people are signing on to their agenda and helping spread their message.
KCPD Chief Smith recently told media that he has no plans to resign. Accordingly, More2 has amplified their message and now demands the firing of the KCPD Chief over the topic of alleged police brutality and a controversial policy of putting officers involved in police shootings back on the streets more quickly than critics deep appropriate.
Remember, TKC gave equal time to supporters of the KCPD Chief.
Now, here's a glimpse at today's recent criticism from KC activists, insight into their agenda AND a message that is spreading far & wide through local activist circles.
More2 Denounce KCPD Chief Smith
This is what also happens with shootings. Chief Smith automatically sides with police officers NO MATTER WHAT. He puts them back to work in nine days or less... it is a pattern... not desk duty, back on patrol or UC (undercover). It is BAD, you guys.
On Jan 16th, at a meeting Organized by Gwen Grant (Urban League) I specifically said, to his face in front of Board of Police Commissioner Cathy Dean and their counsel, "Chief, What if Jean Peters-Baker indicts one of your officers who has shot someone and you have had them back to work... that would make you look REALLY BAD." and he flippantly said "I hadn't thought about that."
See, we were talking about how he had done this in the cases of Terrence Bridges (JPB took this to a Grand Jury!) and Cameron Lamb (*they are still telling us the investigation is not complete). Their officers were each put back to work in 9 days.
Then, Donnie Sanders was killed in March and we started a petition to keep the officer benched until the investigation was complete. Days later, a reporter called me saying he was BACK TO WORK. Now, we don't know their names and they are some of the same people ON DUTY with all of what you see here.
So, yes, we told him what the community he works for needs and he not only blatantly disregarded it, he did the exact same thing again. This is what you see. Pay attention. We are not the ones being unfair, HE IS. We are not the ones asking for too much, the Board of Police Commissioners is asking for too much to keep him on and "review his performance." How many more people will be killed when the guy in charge will have your back... no matter what?
We have so many more things to say. Metro Organization for Racial and Economic Equity, Urban League of Greater Kansas City, and NAACP want organizations to stand with us.
Developing . . .