Sunday, July 19, 2020
TKC SUNDAY SPECIAL!!! COMMUNITY QUESTION: HAVE KANSAS CITY PROTESTS AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY LOST THE MORAL HIGH GROUND AFTER ALLEGED VANDALISM AND ASSAULT ON COPS?!?
After Minneapolis police killed George Floyd, even President Trump called the incident a "disgrace" as the nation watched a shocking video of a murder case involving authorities targeting a petty criminal with a hideous public display of barbarism.
Cities burned in the aftermath.
Locally, activists rallied, rioted and pressured politicos and law enforcement for systemic change.
Very quickly a great deal of their activism met with success and there's a vote on the way that might fundamentally change police control in Kansas City.
However . . .
Weeks of protest seems to be wearing on Kansas City residents and an attack of police headquarters downtown might be a turning point in public perception. Despite early support of protesters, Mayor Lucas denounced the incident, told protesters to so somewhere else and made a devastating rebuke against "fake primarily non-black allies" in his remarks.
Here are the most serious consequence of the weekend melee and context for the mugshot that most local media have suppressed . . .
"A protester demonstrating at the Kansas City Police Department headquarters on July 17 has been charged for assaulting a law enforcement officer, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said in a statement.
"A 23-year-old of Lawrence, Kansas, has been charged with 4th-degree assault and resisting arrest."
To be fair, today the Kansas City Star, this town's "paper of record," is giving voice to some of the protest groups claiming responsibility for the attack on KCPD HQ . . .
KC does not need occupying federal forces. Instead, bring justice to our community
One Struggle KC features the column on their social media presence for readers who don't want to bother with the paywall. Remember that "One Struggle" has been at the forefront of the local protest movement against police brutality and leads arguments against the so-called federal "occupation."
However, let's not forget that the mother of the slaughtered Kansas City youngster who provides the namesake of the federal operation has objected to protests in her son's name and seems to hope federal intervention will lead to justice and less violence in this town overall.
In conclusion . . .
The unanimity we've seen against police brutality now confronts "complications" as the politics and activism of the movement meet with understandable resistance and assault targeting law enforcement officials is justifiably condemned by all reasonable people.
Given all of these considerations . . . We put the question to our blog community . . .
HAS RECENT VANDALISM AND ALLEGED ATTACKS AGAINST KANSAS CITY POLICE HURT PROTESTS AGAINST LAW ENFORCEMENT BRUTALITY AND SYSTEMIC RACISM?!?
You decide . . .