An angry letter distributed to progressive media today confirms what we talked about early this morning . . .
KANSAS CITY RISKS MORE VIOLENT PROTESTS AS LEADERS UNITE TO OPPOSE FEDERAL COOPERATION WITH KCPD!!!
Never mind that these political power moves quickly & conveniently omit much reference to the local murder count impacting urban communities. But I digress . . .
The proclamation was a result of a collab from Black Rainbow, One Struggle KC, NAACP Kansas City, SCLC Greater Kansas City Chapter, Urban League of Greater Kansas City, KC Tenants, Sunrise Movement Kansas City, and SURJ . . .
Check the intro
"Dear Mayor Quinton Lucas and affiliated parties,
"By inviting federal agents into our city, you have opened the door to undue civilian terror, functional martial law, and the obstruction of basic civil liberties. Now, the people of Chicago and Albuquerque face the same state-sanctioned terrorism you let into Kansas City. This is unacceptable. We have demands for immediate change.
"Your hypocrisy is documented. After welcoming hundreds of federal agents into our city, you signed on to a letter with other mayors condemning a federal presence. Your name on a letter means nothing when you continue to enable the occupation of our city. Our people—your constituents—are suffering the consequences . . . "
It goes on from there and, again, the militant tone, strident words and urgent demands set the stage for future conflict.
Again, it's also worth noting that the feds & KCPD have consistently attempted to explain that feds aren't doing patrols and there won't be federal law enforcement "troops" in Kansas City. Obviously, those assurances haven't been accepted by local leadership.
More to the point . . .
DESPITE AN ANGRY WARNING LETTER, SO FAR THERE HASN'T BEEN ANY LOCAL LEADERSHIP TO MEDIATE THE DISPUTE!!!
Credit where it's due . . .
The coalition is absolutely correct to target the Mayor for bouncing back and forth betwixt law enforcement & activists. Moreover, this authoritative statement seems to negate any chance of city hall stepping up to avoid violence.
Check the links . . .
Angry Letter Unity
In a major display of unity, Black Rainbow, One Struggle KC, NAACP Kansas City, SCLC Greater Kansas City Chapter, Urban League of Greater Kansas City, KC Tenants, Sunrise Movement Kansas City, and SURJ came together to denounce Mayor Quinton Lucas's complicity with President Donald Trump's Operation Legend.
AOC Protects Protesters
Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ted Lieu of California are proposing an amendment this week that would prohibit funds from being used to send federal agents into American cities as part of Operation Legend or Operation Relentless Pursuit: Justice Department initiatives that have led brutal crackdowns on protesters in cities like Portland, Oregon.
Urban Leaders United Against Feds In Kansas City
As Operation Legend Gains International Attention, Civil Rights Groups Call On Kansas City Mayor To Reject Federal Agents
A coalition of civil rights organizations is calling on Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas to formally reject the presence of federal agents in the city after 200 agents arrived last week as part of Operation LeGend, an initiative aimed at tackling violent crime.
Civil Unrest Blame Game
Meanwhile, the anger is spreading elsewhere. Activists in other cities have returned to the streets in large numbers, precipitating new clashes with law enforcement, especially in big West Coast cities. At the same time, the Trump administration is promising to deploy thousands of federal agents (as many as 75,000, the president claims) to other cities.
You decide . . .