Friday, July 31, 2020

Here's Where Kansas City Police Department 'Local Control' Stands Right Now

Worthwhile summary of the struggle betwixt protesters vs. politicos and law enforcement officials . . . Read more:

Special Committee for Legal Review Considers Local Control

Abby Hoover Managing Editor The legal review committee considered Ordinance 200496 at its Tuesday, July 21, meeting. The ordinance calls for an election on Nov. 3, 2020 to obtain public authorization as a City legislative priority to establish the pursuit of a state legislative or referendum action that would restore local control of the Kansas City Police Department (KCPD).


Anonymous said...

The local election is a joke and is meaningless.
The governor and the state legislature is not going to change the statute mandating control of the KCPD in its current form.
And especially not after the locals were so inept at addressing KCMO's homicide problem that calling in the fed was necessary.
Why reward incompetence with more responsibility?
Just another BLM "demand" that is being ignored.

Charles Whitman said...

Why have it on the ballot? No changes will be made whether voted up or down my

Anonymous said...


Saint Louis got it done and so will we.

Five years ago, control of the St. Louis police department returned to the city.

For more than 150 years, a state-appointed board had overseen the department, even though city residents paid for the services.

Opponents and supporters of the transition have different takes on how the last five years have gone.

Supporters tried to pass local-control legislation in Jefferson City several times before finally turning to a statewide vote in 2012. On Aug. 31, 2013, following voter approval, then-St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay signed an executive order giving control of the department back to the city.

Although the Coalition Against Police Crimes and Repression opposed the ballot measure because of the way it was worded, members had long supported the concept and were the first to find legislators to get the bills passed.

“We felt like the police department was particularly unresponsive to the community here, because it was ultimately accountable to the governor and to the state legislature,” said John Chasnoff, CAPCR’s co-chair. While the members of the police board were St. Louis residents, he added, there was no mechanism for residents to comment on how the police department was run.

With local control, Chasnoff said, department leaders, including police chief John Hayden, regularly appear in front of the Board of Aldermen’s public-safety committee.

“That’s a healthy development from local control,” he said. “But then, does that power extend to the ability to mandate certain policies for the police department around use of force, for example, or some other issue? Those types of things are still being debated and sorted out.”

But State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis — who introduced several of the bills pushing for local control — was less impressed with the aldermanic oversight.

“I don’t think that the aldermen have really stepped up to the plate and evaluated the police department in a way that they should have, to see if they are effectively controlling and operating a system that so many residents look to for safety,” she said.

This past June, aldermen approved a bill requiring the city’s public-safety director to present a yearly public-safety plan. The first report is due in October 2019.

The potential for the department to be more politicized under local control led the St. Louis Police Officers Association to oppose the transition. Its business manager, Jeff Roorda, said he has seen that happen occasionally.

“We object less to what the Board of Aldermen does as a legislative body than individual meddlesome elected officials do,” Roorda said.

Local control has been good to Roorda’s officers. He’s been able to negotiate several contracts that have resulted in raises. But joining the city also means trying to negotiate the bureaucracy.

“The city has a sprawling bureaucracy, and Christopher Columbus would have problems navigating it,” he said.

Anonymous said...


That cut-n-paste assumes that local control will pass on the ballot.

And didn't StL go into debt as a result?

The Ayatollah said...

Next time your in the mood to cut and paste cut out a picture of a world class set of testicles and paste them on your chin.

St. Louis is a Shit hole FYI..