Sunday, July 26, 2020
TKC SUNDAY SPECIAL QUESTION: HAS MAYOR QUINTON LUCAS LOST FIGHT AGAINST CRIME IN KANSAS CITY?!?!
Two more murders added to the homicide count on Sunday leave Kansas City desperate for answers and skeptical of rhetoric regarding curbing crime from "many sides" of the debate.
Whilst many protesters claim that defunding police and focusing on community-based efforts is the solution. Right-wing conservatives celebrate Prez Trump's federal crackdown along with "law & order" rhetoric.
Meanwhile . . .
Mayor Quinton Lucas seems caught in the middle of the divisive conversation.
To be fair, he seems to be working diligently on the problem but none of his efforts have moved the dial so far. Moreover, in a desperate attempt to please everyone, the mayor has incurred anger from EVERY FACTION of this debate.
Local newsies have mostly failed to take on the political aspect of this debate but FINALLY, Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday pressed the mayor with tough questions.
Here's what we thought were the most important parts of the conversation . . .
About the mayor's promise to keep the murder rate below 100:
Mayor Q: "There's a significant challenge in Kansas City and a number of American cities that actually started long before Black Lives Matter protests, long before COVID-19. We have an increase in homicides, more activity related to illegal gun trafficking in our communities and enhanced and increased gang activity . . . We want to find a multi-faceted approach to how to address it but we recognize that just more patrols isn't necessarily the way."
Chris Wallace: Do you feel that Covid-19 and the reaction to the George Floyd killing along with anti-police feeling in communities has added to the homicide problem?
Mayor Q: "I do not think it has. Actually, I was pretty frustrated this week - the President at his press conference mentioned the George Floyd protests, mentioned the Black Lives Matter movement, mentioned an anti-police sentiment as the reason for an increase in shootings and homicides. That is not the case in Kansas City. We've had year over year increases. We've had positive relationships in years past with the Department of Justice in collaborative programs. And frankly, what we need help on is clearing the unsolved murders. Unsolved murders as distinct from protests. So I think, where you see the activities of federal agents in Portland, places like Seattle as well - That's detrimental. Whereas here in Kansas City we can just use help solving our murders that have happened so far this year. 39% of which are uncleared."
Chris Wallace: Given the homicides, shouldn't you be embracing the influx of (federal) officers?
Mayor Q: "What I'm saying and what other mayors, particularly Democrats around the country, are saying is: Let's actually try to have a pinpointed, targeted focus on solving murders. Not just doing a citywide warrant check of every individual possible. We're in a fairly tense situation with how we police right now in America. Just pouring fuel on the fire and stoking division, which is what the White House & the AG in their statements have done, is not helping us to get more people to trust the police and want to talk about folks picking up arms and killing people in Kansas City.
The conversation goes on from there and here's what is likely the money line:
“There are about 60 unsolved murders in Kansas City as we speak but they’ve sent 225 federal agents to do any number of things,” Mr. Lucas told “Fox News Sunday.” “I’d just as soon have each of them matched with an unsolved case and that’s how we can get through this instead of using this as a moment to try to create divisive rhetoric that I think is being exploited for the presidential election.”
Check the links:
Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace: Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas on role federal government should play as violence spikes in major cites
KCUR: Federal Agents Surging Into Kansas City Make Arrests And Stir Controversy
WT: Kansas City mayor: Trump trying to leverage city's 'pain' to win reelection
You decide . . .