Thursday, July 09, 2020
SHOCK!!! KANSAS CITY MAYOR QUINTON LUCAS SEYZ HE DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT 'OPERATION LEGEND' FED CRACKDOWN AND HIS SUPPORTERS DECRY PREZ TRUMP ADMINISTRATION & GUV PARSON EFFORT!!!
In the midst of a historic Kansas City homicide spike, a great deal of reaction to an upcoming federal law enforcement crackdown has been surprisingly negative and Mayor Quinton Lucas leads locals in questioning the effort.
The Mayor's initial tweet response . . .
"Since I learned via press conference (really, Twitter) this afternoon like all of you, I'm trying to get a few more details. I will have a statement forthcoming and then will hope to learn more and share more as soon as I can."
An extended social media note from Mayor Lucas:
"I learned on Twitter this afternoon that the Department of Justice plans to send federal investigators to Kansas City as support for unsolved homicide and non-fatal shooting investigations. As I understand the Department’s plan, any outside help will not be used for regular policing or patrol activities—and solely to clear unsolved murders and shootings.
"I also understand the United States Attorney in Kansas City has been in contact with the family of LeGend Taliferro who support the investigation effort to help find the murderer of four-year-old LeGend and many other victims tragically killed this year in Kansas City.
"I plan and hope to learn more about this effort over the days ahead. The investigative support effort announced this afternoon can be only one tool out of many, such as mental health treatment and restorative justice, in addressing violent crime.
"As I said in my letter sent last week to Governor Parson that was cited by the White House this afternoon, ‘[W]e will continue to pursue a broad set of social services and other tools to address violent crime now and in the future.’ As mayor, I remain committed to working on all solutions to making our city safer and finding peace for all those impacted by violent crime."
Moreover . . .
CHECK THE MAYOR'S SOCIAL MEDIA SUPPORT & NOTICE PUSH BACK AGAINST THE PREZ TRUMP ADMINISTRATION LAW ENFORCEMENT CRACKDOWN!!!
A few of the more strident comments pulled from the conversation:
"This is so disrespectful and RUDE of @GovParsonMO. I used to work for state of #Missouri when manners & protocol were in place. It’s absurd Gov’s Office didn’t coordinate with one of our cities mayors. Not working together is not working for Missouri! #VoteBlueToSaveAmerica2020"
Widespread support of this theory:
"Please watch out for the innocents in this matter. I personally do not trust anything out of the White house right now. Our President is a racist and all his "friends" are as well. Please be careful Mayor. Do not let them take control of our city."
Local conspiracies abound regarding the plan:
"I think the mayor was betrayed by the governor and the feds. The mayor asked for a state meeting and gets the feds?? Not good, and shows the governor doesn't give an F about KC."
Accordingly . . .
Throughout the years, law enforcement officials have told us that partnership with the community is a critical competent of their success. Whilst there are many "unknowns" about this effort, what is certain is that the upcoming federal crackdown has not yet achieved overwhelming local support as even this town's highest ranking elected official complains about being out of the loop.
Check the links:
NBC News: White House announces ‘Operation Legend’ to fight crime surge in Kansas City, Mo.
KSHB: DOJ says new anti-violence effort in KCMO named after slain 4-year-old boy
KCTV5: LeGend Taliferro’s family supportive of operation bearing his name
AP: Federal government to combat violent crime in Kansas City
December Warning: ‘Surge’ Of Federal Agents, Money Coming To Kansas City, But Details Are Slim As Shootings Continue
Daily Beast: AG Barr Announces ‘Operation Legend’ to Send Federal Troops to Kansas City, Surprises Mayor
KCTV5: “I knew there was something in the works at the federal level. I think it’s no secret that we have a violent crime issue in Kansas City,” Chief Smith said.
ABC: "In Kansas City, for example, Barr said the Justice Department has been in touch with state authorities in Missouri to provide additional federal agents after what Barr called “a serious spike in crime.”
"The influx of support will be called Operation Legend, named after a 4-year-old boy who was shot and killed while sleeping in his Kansas City home. The boy had just recovered from open-heart surgery.
“My daughter had open heart surgery at a comparable age, and I remember how stressful it was for our family,” Barr said. “And the idea of your child surviving that, and the joy you would feel to see your kid pull through something like that, it affected me a lot.”
Developing . . .