Wednesday, June 03, 2020
WESPORT HONCHO BILL NIGRO EXCLAIMS: 'EVERYONE'S LIVES MATTER!' AS HE SALUTES KANSAS CITY GOOD COPS!!!
An interesting note sent our way shares a longtime local perspective on the work of police in one of Kansas City's most popular entertainment districts.
Westport Leader Bill Nigro: Good Cops HATE Bad Cops!
George Floyd didn't deserve to die and the policeman who did it needs a speedy trial and go to jail for what he did. He also made it harder for every good cop to safely do his job to protect us.
Everyone's lives matter!
As a small business operator in Westport for over 40 years, I have worked with every police chief and sheriff going back to 1978. I've worked with hundreds of policemen over the years and I've met the good and the bad. My neighborhood and I have felt the wrath of bad people at the top of KCPD and the Sheriff's office. The good ol boy system reigned for a long time. For me it was a love/hate relationship with KcPd for years.
Sheriff Darryl Forte ushered in a new era for the KCPD. I thought we couldn't get a better guy at the top. Honesty, integrity, dedication to KC's safety and strong Christian values. Then Chief Rick Smith was appointed. He worked off duty in Westport in the early 90''s. He's worked in homicide. He's one of the few guys that I know is Forte's equal. Never has there been a better team for KC and Jackson County! The culture is changing with these 2 men. Losing either is a big loss for KC!
I worry about local control of KCPD when I see a city council approve a budget for next year in the middle of the virus that's totally unrealistic in lieu of the huge loss of sales tax and earnings tax. The closings of businesses because of the corona virus will leave KC's budget crippled. Putting Police pensions in jeopardy isn't a better way to build morale. I question KC's ability to manage what's on their plate now.
THANK YOU Sheriff Forte and Chief Smith, You'll both always have my vote. Please stay with our town and county! I know from experience that we need you.
Cheers/Salute Bill Nigro
You decide . . .