Here's what might be the flashpoint for another violent weekend OR a peaceful resolution to continued local racial tensions and push back against authorities . . .
Black Lives Matter: City Hall Protest
We have the momentum and we're going to keep pushing until things change. This is a peaceful protest on the South steps of City Hall to demand change to the way our police departments operate. Our demands:
1. Local control of the KCPD
2. Body Cameras for all officers
3. A community review board
We will be having community leaders, public officials, and activist speaking from 11-12 PM (Speaker slate coming soon). We will peaceful protest from 12-1 PM. Our event ends at 1 PM, but feel free to exercise your first amendment right to peacefully assemble all day. We'll see you Friday Kansas City!
More deets about KCMO protest after the jump . . .
Plaza Postscript Testimony
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Peaceful protesters on Thursday recounted what they say were their unlawful arrests, the same day Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker made it clear her office would not be pursuing charges against non-violent protesters. "This office is not, not going to prosecute protesters," Peters Baker said.
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Hide Transcript Show Transcript WE HEARD FROM AN ATTORNEY, SCHOOLTEACHER, A TEENAGER, AND HER FATHER. THEY ALL SAY THEY PARTICIPATED IN THE PROTESTS OVER THE LAST WEEKEND WERE UNLAWFULLY ARRESTED.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - For nearly a week, protesters have demanded justice for George Floyd. A black man killed while in the custody of Minneapolis police. They've also called for a change to Kansas City's policing. The Kansas City, Missouri Police Department will now buy body cameras for all of its officers.
Yogurt Dude Spills Guts Amid Country Club Civil Unrest
As the protests continue, some businesses around the Plaza have reopened. At least one of those owners joined the protests."That's why I love it. It builds community and people always leave with a smile," said Isaac Collins, owner of Yogurtini Plaza.Collins serves up 24 different options of self-serve yogurt.For five years, he has owned Yogurtini Plaza.
The Kansas City community has seen a coalition of community members come together and say together, "Enough is enough." I'm inspired by those who have stood with us in solidarity during this challenging time for our country, and I know that we will overcome the issues plaguing Kansas City together.
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