Friday, June 05, 2020

TKC MUST READ!!! DR. ERNEST EVANS IN DEFENSE OF KCPD CHIEF SMITH!!!



Dr. Ernest Evans is a local professor and a crime expert who shares this insight into a crisis confronting Kansas City and provides important info and insight along with his argument . . .

Dr. Ernest Evans: Removing Chief Richard Smith Would Be a Major Mistake

In the past ten days there have been a large surge in the number of black homicides in most of the cities of America. To take the most terrible case first: In Chicago in the past four days there have been 28 homicides--to put these statistics in perspective, in all of May 2019 there were 48 homicides in Chicago. Most of these 29 homicides were black men, women and children: So far in 2020 in Chicago, there have been 179 black homicides, 44 Hispanic homicides, 12 white/other homicides, and 14 unknown.

Chicago is the worst case, but it is not alone. In Philadelphia there was an average of one homicide a day in calendar year 2019--in the past three days there have been 15 homicides--almost all of them black victims. In Baltimore, so far in 2020 there have been 134 homicides; at this point in 2019 there had been 128 homicides--and 2019 was the second bloodiest year in the history of Baltimore. In Washington/DC there have been 68 homicides in 2020--compared to 61 at this point in 2019. Again, in both Baltimore and Washington/DC a massively disproportionate number of the increase in homicide totals is due to black victims.

That violence is exploding in the black neighborhoods of America right now should surprise no one. A just released study by two distinguished Harvard professors has studied several cities where there were highly-publicized cases of police-black community conflict. This study concluded that just in this small number of cities the controversies had led to more than a thousand additional homicides, most of them black men, women and children.

Kansas City, Missouri is in the midst of a major surge of violence, a surge of violence that has fallen massively disproportionately on the city's black residents. The all time record for homicides in KCMO was in 1993 when there were 153 homicides. Right now, the city stands at 73 homicides as of June 4, 2020--compared to 54 at this point in 2019 and 51 in 2018. Of the 73 homicides so far in 2020, 54 are black people. In the heavily black East Patrol District of the KCPD there have been 30 homicides in 2020--compared to 20 in 2019 and 19 in 2018.

There are calls among people in KCMO for the resignation of the city's police chief, Richard Smith. I think that it would be a major mistake to remove Chief Smith right now. As I see his actions with respect to officers charged with racist misconduct, he is not saying that there is nothing wrong with what the officers did, he is simply saying that they deserve Due Process.


To get back to the Harvard study: What that study found is that when police officers accused of racist misconduct are denied even a pretense of Due Process, out of sheer self-survival they stop doing their jobs in black neighborhoods. Nature abhors a vacuum, so the gangs, criminal elements and drug dealers take over those neighborhoods and unleash a reign of terror on the resident.

So, everyone in KCMO, regardless of race, has a stake in the local police officers getting Due Process when accused of racist misconduct. To remove Chief Smith because he is insisting that his officers get Due Process would be a tragic mistake for our city.

In conclusion, last week my article for the Times was on the George Floyd tragedy. That video was terrible to watch--personally, I watched it once to know what had happened but have refused to watch it again. I cried when I saw Mr. Floyd call out for his Mother as he was dying; my older brother, a combat veteran of Vietnam, told me that in watching the video he was reminded of young Marines dying in his arms in Vietnam while calling for their Mothers. So, I fully understand how angry and upset people are right now. But, basing public policy on emotion has been shown, historically, to be a disastrous idea, and so we cannot allow our emotions to rule us right now.
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24 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Marxist Organizations are twenty steps ahead of most everyone by utilizing social media to distort tragic events to destroy America! The Marxists are a very smart group of young and old individuals with a wide club membership of politicians who use the Democratic Political Platform to gain power! The street Tactics being used the past few years and now are the same street tactics the Brown Shirts used during the 1920-30's in Nazi Germany! Different time but same old street tactics of assault/intimidation, public shaming of anyone who speaks against them! The Marxists want to destroy the Police Departments so they can put their own street thugs in charge of the Police Department!Why do you think the No Bail Policy is been promoted by Marxist Mayors across the nation! Do not be a tool folks!

Ernest Evans said...

Dear Mr. Tony: Thank you so much for posting this memo of mine. I realize that many people in our city will disagree with my analysis, and I respect the sincerity of their views, but this memo reflects my honest, professional judgment on the issue based on having studied issues of crime, violence and civil disorder for fifty years. Nothing constructive is going to be served by getting a lot of innocent people killed in KCMO. Take care!!

Sincerely, Respectfully and in Christ, Dr. Ernest Evans

Anonymous said...

^^^^What innocent people??????????

Anonymous said...

If Dr. Evans is correct, we should close the EST Patrom police station. Just let the ghetto police itself. Police brutality solved.

Anonymous said...

Oh here is the discredited community college professor again, the "expert" who doesn't even provide a citation for the research that he references alongside with his completely unfounded opinions. Such a disgrace to his students and higher education.

Anonymous said...

Dr. Evans, I appreciate your comments so much. You are willing to speak about things that no one is supposed to speak of, say things that no one must mention, are courageous enough to be "out of step" with current trends. Your thoughtful positions get buried in the rhetoric, and that is SO unfortunate.

Justice For All said...

Y’all I’m just gonna say this! What happened to Mr.Floyd was unacceptable no questions about that. But here’s where it gets confusing to me. Why do the ones who attract media attention have a rap sheet of crimes a mile long?

Anonymous said...

^^You're old, white and stupid. Stop asking dumb questions.

Anonymous said...

^^^I see a stupid loser, now go get your shine box bitch!

Stoutimore said...

It's fair to compare crime victims by race only if one also compares perpetrators by race. There's a huge double-standard in the use of statistics. For example, with the Left, it's cool to point out that blacks are disproportionately poor; but it's "racist" to point out their disproportionate criminality. We cannot solve any societal problem without honest discussion.

Anonymous said...

^^and you're not capable of having one boomer.

Anonymous said...

Sorry Ernest, you have no idea how racist the Chief and his department are and no nothing about the toxic culture that exists behind closed doors. The Chief need to go, their budget reduced, and a hiring freeze set until major reforms can be made. Don’t be that guy!

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Dr Evans.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Dr. Bob Evans. Love your biscuits and gravy.

Anonymous said...

What analysis, Dr. Evans? All you've done is make unsupported assertions and questionable assumptions. If you want to analyze, start with your claim that there is a causal connection between communities that have a lot of resident-police interaction and black men killing each other. More likely, the cause is opposite of what you assume: because there are a lot of black men killing each other, each incident necessitating a police response, there must be significant police-community interaction.

Anonymous said...

Covid 19 was credited for a lower death rate in Chicago.

Ernest Evans said...

With respect to the comment about the biscuits and gravy at the restaurant of my namesake, many thanks!! If you really want to have a treat, try the blue berry pancakes!!

Citizen said...

Keep up with the good information Dr. Evans we do appreciate the information!

Anonymous said...

Might I add Dr. Bob Evans, I have dined on the blue berry pancakes and you are right; they are a treat. Highly recommended. As well as the smiley faced tater tots.

Charlie Horse said...

2019 stats:
9 unarmed blacks killed by the police, some during commission of a crime.
19 unarmed whites killed by the police, some during commission of a crime.

Police are 19 times more likely to be killed by a black man than a white man.

If you have black or brown skin, your greatest chance of being killed is by a black man.

Those are the facts Jack.!!!

Anonymous said...

I want to apologize for...everything.

Anonymous said...

Watch the video of the 76 year old man in Buffalo ASSAULTED by police and then seriously consider if you really believe this is a black vs. white issue. It's an us vs. them issue, and the "us" is the citizenry of this country of all races, and the "them" is the expanding police state forces who don't care about the rights of the citizenry and operate with near impunity.

Stoutimore said...

No. Regarding the videos of the 76-year-old man assaulted by police, and George Floyd killed by police: You cannot draw any broad conclusions from two examples of bad cops. In the whole, police officers are honorable people. There's been a skewed attempt to portray protesters as generally good when it's clear that many are bad; and to portray cops as generally bad when it's clear that most are good.

Democrat-led cities have a disproportionate share of crime. Now they want to disband their police forces. Do that and their already high crime rates will skyrocket.

Ernest Evans said...

One of the comments made reference to the fact that I teach at a community college. I graduated from Brown University in 1972 Magna Cum Laude, Phi Betta and with honors. I got a doctorate in political science from MIT in 1977. No, I am not ashamed to be teaching at a community college. America's community colleges offer a chance for a college education to lots of bright, hard-working people who lack the financial resources to go to better known, but far more expensive, colleges and universities. 70% of the students who graduate from KCKCC are the first members of their families to go to college. I am proud to be their professor.