Thursday, July 16, 2020
TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY MAYOR QUINTON LUCAS WORKS TO REMOVE PARKING TICKET ARREST WARRANTS!!! LOW-LEVEL VIOLATIONS CHALLENGED 'WE SHOULD NOT CRIMINALIZE POVERTY,' ARGUED!!!
Just moments ago Mayor Quinton Lucas launched a legislative action to fundamentally change how law enforcement on local streets.
To wit . . .
MAYOR Q ATTACKS PARKING TICKET & "LOW-LEVEL" CODE ENFORCEMENT!!!
More to the point . . .
CALL THIS MOVE THE FIRST ROUND OF 'DEFUND THE POLICE' LEGISLATION OR COMMUNITY-BASED REFORM!!!
Nobody likes parking tickets and some might argue that low-level fines serve as nothing more than taxation in order to fund the prison-industrial complex. HOWEVER, law enforcement supporters might argue that changing the municipal code for "low-level" violations will undoubtedly have a negative ripple effect across Kansas City and encourage threats to public safety.
Here's the Mayor's argument . . .
"Last week, the City Council passed my ordinance to remove marijuana violations from the City Code—potentially subjecting 800 fewer people in our community to criminal penalties next year. But our work isn’t done."
"Today, I’m introducing an ordinance that would remove arrest warrants for low-level code violations, such as parking tickets. In our city—and in most of the country—if you don’t pay your parking tickets over a certain amount of time, you could end up with an arrest warrant, and then in jail. There is no reason for that."
"We should not criminalize poverty and we should not criminalize entire communities. That’s what these reforms need to be about, and that’s what we’ll continue working toward."
Here's a posted along with the announcement:
Developing . . .