Local media was desperate for a Saturday story and so they swarmed after news of a deadly officer-involved shooting.
For better or worse . . .
GIVEN RECENT PROTESTS & RIOTS, KCPD AND POLITICS WERE NERVOUS ABOUT PUBLIC REACTION AFTER A DEADLY POLICE SHOOTING!!! BUT THE REALITY IS THAT NOBODY IS GOING TO RIOT OVER COPS KILLING A WHITE DUDE IN THE MIDST OF A HIGH SPEED CHASE AND CARJACKING!!!
The sitch right now:
"Officers were called to the area to investigate a possible armed carjacking. When they arrived on scene, a driver fled going northbound. Officers pursued the driver a short distance before they crashed at 23rd and Lister. The general area is east of Interstate 70 on 23rd Street, just east of Ashland Square Park."
"Police say a suspect reportedly was armed with a gun and was shot by a police officer."
Even more interestingly . . .
"Mayor Quinton Lucas released a statement a few hours after the shooting, and said a white man died."
Here's his note in full . . .
“We have learned of an officer-involved shooting that occurred this afternoon near 23rd and Lister. The victim is an adult white male. I called an emergency Board of Police Commissioners meeting roughly one week ago to review and immediately enact police oversight policies to help build community trust and ensure transparency. One of those measures requires an outside enforcement agency to investigate any officer-involved shooting that occurs in Kansas City. This afternoon I have spoken with Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith and Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker. Pursuant to our new board policy, the Missouri Highway Patrol is now on the scene to handle the investigation into this incident, rather than the Kansas City Police Department, and will be communicating with the public and press in connection with this incident.”
And this, more than any other local news today, might prove that we're not living in a "post-racial" society after all despite the hopes of politicos and protesters.
Check the links:
Special Note From The Mayor To Calm Tense Streets
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - One man is dead after an officer-involved shooting Saturday afternoon in the area of 23rd and Lister. Mayor Quinton Lucas released a statement a few hours after the shooting, and said a white man died in this shooting. "We have learned of an officer-involved shooting that occurred this afternoon near 23rd [...]
Killing After Car Chase
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- The authorities are investigating an officer-involved shooting this afternoon in KC. According to an email from the KCPD sent at 3:18 p.m., the shooting happened in the 2300 block of Lister Ave. KCPD dispatch confirmed to KCTV5 News that there was a carjacking and a pursuit, then shots were fired.
New Policy Enacted To Investigate Deadly Aftermath
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City, Missouri, police officer shot and killed a suspect in an armed carjacking on Saturday afternoon. KCPD responded just before 2 p.m. to a report of an armed carjacking and chased the vehicle northbound. The suspect vehicle crashed in the area of East 22nd Street Street and Lister Avenue.
Developing . . .