Behind the scenes, tough talk concerning Kansas City public safety escalates and threatens to expose a growing local rift betwixt locals an law enforcement.
To wit . . .
BEG PARDON!!! KANSAS CITY PO-PO DON'T FEEL MUCH LOVE FROM POLITICOS RIGHT NOW AS POTENTIAL 12TH & OAK EXONERATION FOR RIOTERS WORSENS LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMNT CRISIS!!!
Here's the glimpse at one report confirming this trend that still doesn't explain the political ramifications . . .
Police union: No protest charges should be tossed
"The police union representing the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department believes all individuals ticketed or charged during last weekend's Black Lives Matter protests should go through the judicial system.
"When you start getting rid of cases where police officers need the right to tell people to follow directions, what does it tell you — it's anarchy," said Sgt. Brad Lemon, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 99."
Now, this statement runs contrary to recent moves from Mayor & Council who are quickly pushing legislation to grand protesters pardon.
Don't forget that Mayor Quinton Lucas earned important police endorsement during his campaign and from FOP Lodge 99.
However . . .
THE POLITICALLY AGGRESSIVE TONE OF THE KC FOP HAS SPARKED THE IRE OF MANY #BLACKLIVESMATTER ORGANIZERS AS THREATS TO 'CANCEL' THE GROUP EMERGE!!! AND SO WE ASK READERS: SHOULD VOTERS SUPPORT PARDON FOR PROTESTERS OR POLICE UNIONS???
Remember that yesterday morning we looked at "defunding" police from law enforcement's perspective.
Accordingly, now we turn to protesters to explain their newfound stance against the local police union. Here's the word:
"We have to look at the unions as part of the systemic racism that which continues permeate entire police departments. Look at the composition of police unions. There are very few members of color and none in leadership positions or at least none that we've seen. In other cities police unions have been banned when the community determines that they no longer serve the public interest. This is part of local control. This is part of the defunding movement. The belief and the knowledge that police work for US, not the other way around. The entire culture of policing must change and if that means dissolving a union that contradicts and defies our elected leaders. So be it."
And so, with a reminder that TKC SUPPORTS THE RIGHT OF ALL WORKERS AND POLICE TO BARGAIN COLLECTIVELY, we offer further reading on the next phase of the "local control" and "defund the police" movement -- The backlash against law enforcement unions:
Police Unions Confront Push Back From Across The Nation
In the wake of George Floyd's death, police unions are coming under fire from the political left as impediments to the reform of a system many claim is racist, as politicians and organizations say the groups are more interested in protecting their members than the public.
Scribes Type Anti-Po-Po Screed
The WGA East is calling on the AFL-CIO to disaffiliate with the International Union of Police Associations, a labor organization that represents more than 100,000 police officers around the country. The resolution calling for the ouster, which was adopted unanimously by the guild's Council, refers to the policies and actions of the police union as being consistent with "authoritarianism, totalitarianism, terrorism and other forces that suppress individual liberties and freedom."
Progressives Continue Pushing ‘Defund The Police’ Movement
It's been difficult, if not impossible, to end the career of the worst cops who commit many of the abuses... Finally! After an unforgettable week in which America - already reeling from the brutal caught-on-video Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd, on top of a pandemic, a recession, and ...
Democratic Party Propagates More Conspiracy Theories
Professor Alex Vitale argues the answer to police violence is not "reform." It's defunding. The author of "The End of Policing" says the movement to defund the police is part of "a long story about the use of police and prisons to manage problems of inequality and exploitation."
Don’t Forget That Libertarians Have Probs With Police From Underneath Tin Foil Hats
Police Abuse In 2018, as a gunman murdered 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Sgt. Brian Miller, a sheriff's deputy with the Broward County Sheriff's Office, hid behind his police cruiser, waiting 10 minutes to radio for help. For his failure to act , Miller was fired.
You decide . . .