Monday, July 13, 2020
TKC MUST SEE!!! PETITION IN SUPPORT OF KCPD CHIEF SMITH & LOCAL CONTROL EARNS EPIC INTERNETS SUPPORT!!!
Kansas City media has offered a mostly one-sided view protests confronting law enforcement.
Social justice activism has been meticulously documented with very little reporting on reactions from the general public regarding this period of tremendous cultural upheaval.
Until now . . .
With special thanks to so many TKC Readers who have signed on to this online initiative . . . Take a peek . . .
THE PETITION TO KEEP KCPD CHIEF SMITH & DEFEND KANSAS CITY POLICE LOCAL CONTROL HAS EARNED EPIC SUPPORT!!!
The effort is quickly closing in on 5K signatures and now holds "viral" status on the local Internets.
Change.Org: Retain Chief Smith and keep the KCPD out of City Control
The argument in support of this campaign is written at around a 7th-grade reading level yet still manages to convey a great level of passion for this crusade.
"We are tired of our Police Department being treated like they are the problem. They are NOT the problem. The officers in the Kansas City Police Department work hard every day and keep our city safe. They do this job because they love it and want to help people. The police are being blamed for the lack of economic equity in the minority communities. The police do not make those policy decisions. The city legislature does.
"The Mayor and City Council have allowed lawlessness to take over and that lawlessness has caused nothing but chaos. We watched as criminals destroyed the plaza area, we watched as our officers had acid, firecrackers, pig heads and so much more thrown at them. We have watched as the complete lack of action of our City Council has truly been permission for crime. We will watch no longer.
"The leadership displayed by Chief Smith is second to none and he seems to be the only city leader that is concentrating on what it will take to keep our city safe. He seems to be the only one that is intent on restoring our city, holding criminals accountable for their actions, and decreasing crime. He seems to be the only one that is trying to fix the true issues in our city . . .
"They (The Mayor and City Council) don’t understand nonlethal force or when it is necessary. They simply do not truly understand how a police department functions. We are seeing local control over police departments fail over and over. We are asking that you stand up and publicly say that you do not support local control of the police department."
You decide . . .