Wednesday, July 01, 2020
TKC MUST SEE!!! KANSAS CITY POLICE UNION THREATENS TO STOP PROTECTING PARADES AND CLOSED ROAD EVENTS AFTER PLAZA PROTEST AMNESTY!!!
Off-duty cops hired by local biz have helped keep Kansas City events safe for years.
However, the recent move to grant amnesty to protesters on The Plaza and more pending legislation to protect political demonstrations has sparked a response from a local law enforcement union.
To wit and with thanks to KICK-ASS TKC READERS who sent this item our way . . .
KANSAS CITY POLICE OPTING OUT OF PROTECTING PARADES AND OTHER EVENTS THREATENS TO SHUT DOWN HUNDREDS OF DESPERATELY NEEDED LOCAL PARTIES IN 2020 & BEYOND!!!
Police often volunteer or donate their time and they're priced at a rate far lower than private security. Moreover, police protecting events & parades is a civic tradition that builds relationships and trust betwixt officers, community and local leaders.
In practical terms, police protecting parades and events simply have more authority. Think back to how many countless times we've heard of a tragic mishap at a club or gathering despite pricey private security.
Now, in a move to protect themselves from liability and flex against local political leaders . . . We take a glimpse at local law enforcement pushing back.
Here's link proof and the full statement from the Kansas City FOP Lodge #99 about the opt-out:
Brothers and sisters,
In its rush to exonerate “peaceful protestors” the city has now left officers with no way to control pedestrian traffic on parade routes, races on closed roads or a dozen other events. They changed 70-73 and now created a substantial issue.
Please do not make any attempt to enforce pedestrian traffic in any way on closed roads. We don’t have the authority anymore and any attempt to keep people out of parades and races may put members in a position to receive substantiated complaints for keeping roadways clear without the authority to do so.
In order to keep from being placed in a difficult position by this change we should not work any off-duty at any event where this issue may become problematic.
The 70-73 referred to by the police union concerns the KCMO municipal code . . .
Sec. 70-73. - Obedience to police and fire department officers.
"No person shall willfully fail or refuse to comply with any lawful order or direction of any police officer, parking control officer, firefighter or uniformed adult school crossing guard with authority to direct, control or regulate traffic."
After the Plaza hot mess, Councilman Brandon Ellington was the first to take on 70-73.
But, let's not overlook Council Dude Bunch wanting to protect protesters on public streets . . .
Still, the Plaza protester amnesty set the stage for this hot mess that might leave local groups without the ability to have a safe, local event.
And so, this response isn't a "Blue Flu" but simply a reminder of how KCPD is a part of local life and not just a resource to be managed by politicos.
Developing . . .