Tuesday, June 16, 2020
SHOCK!!! KANSAS CITY 'DEFUND THE POLICE' IN PROGRESS: CHIEF HIGHLIGHTS KCPD SOCIAL WORK WHILST CITY HALL PLANS UPCOMING $10 MILLION CUTS!!!
Observers of City Hall politics notice 12th & Oak bowing before worsening financial reality whilst paying respect to protester voices.
To wit . . .
LIKE IT OR NOT, EPIC POLICE CUTS COMING SOON TO KANSAS CITY!!!
Moreover . . .
IN THE MIDST OF THE WORST HOMICIDE SPIKE IN KANSAS CITY HISTORY, THE PANDEMIC AND SOCIAL JUSTICE PROTEST CONSPIRES TO CUT POLICE RESOURCES!!!
Let's not forget that the 2020 murder count now stands at 82 - A historically high number for KCMO at this point in the year and a nearly 37% spike over last year's pace.
Still, this budgeting discussion has locals playing cable news talk show pundit rather than looking at the issues impacting their own backyards.
Without precious CARES ACT cash held up by Jackson County Executive Frank White, City hall doesn't have much of a choice but to dramatically scale back services to the public given that developer subsidy is already locked in and the suits in this cowtown aren't taking less money.
And so, the politics of today's budget presentation are mostly bad theater but the economic reality offers a very real glimpse at the future in Kansas City. There will be fewer resources for cops, social work, welfare, schools and neighborhoods whilst most protesters remain blissfully unaware of corporate subsidy sustained and curiously absent from any conversation about budget priorities.
Amid this discussion, today the top cop informed protesters and council (nearly the same thing) that KCPD actually leads the nation in alternative strategies to cope with underlying societal problems that often spark crime.
Here's the basics of his comment:
"There have been many calls lately to fundamentally shift the way policing is done in America. Several of these demands are about responding to situations of people in crisis without enforcement. I couldn’t agree more, which is why we’ve pioneered programs like dedicated social workers and a Crisis Intervention Team Squad.
"As far as I know, we were the first police department in America to employ social workers. For two years now, a social service worker has been assigned to each of our six patrol division stations. Their job is to help in situations that come to the attention of law enforcement but cannot be resolved by police. They’ve helped a family whose home burned down. They’ve helped victims of domestic violence start new lives. They’ve assisted with drug treatment. And ultimately, they’ve gotten residents the resources they need to be successful and reduced the need for law enforcement involvement. In 2019, KCPD social workers assisted more than 1,820 people."
Read his post in its entirety:
KCPD Chief: KCPD Highlights Service Aspects of Policing
Check the links:
KMBC: City leaders recount details of protests, discuss potentially cutting $10 million from KCPD budget
The Pitch: "Police are not heroes."
Fox4: As city leaders call for $10M cut to KCPD budget, some protesters call for chief’s resignation
KSHB: The City Manager’s office has requested a 4.5 percent budget cut citywide due to the economic impacts of COVID-19.
KCTV5: Proposed budget cuts for police couldn’t come at a more difficult time. The department logged a record amount of overtime at protests and is under heavy pressure to evolve and change policies.
KCUR: Kansas City Police Chief Defends Handling Of Protests But Pledges Reforms
Northeast News: The current budget for KCPD is $242,052,964, which would be reduced to $231,160,581, Deputy Chief Karen True from the Executive Services Bureau told the board. “If we are saying we need to reduce our budget by those calculations, by $10.6 million, that equates to 212 people,” True said.
You decide . . .