Summer social justice protests continue in full force . . . We caught a glimpse last night and here's a peek at write-ups after the fact along with a big picture perspective from both sides of the debate . . .
More than 100 demonstrators marched across State Line Road Saturday evening as they continued their push for the resignation of Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith and the end of Operation Legend, a federal deployment of agents to address violent crime.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Activists on both sides of the state line came together Saturday to fight racial injustice. Protesters gathered at Weltner Park in Prairie Village for a Black Lives Matter protest and marched along State Line Road. Different groups united around common goals.
In his quest for reelection, President Donald Trump has gone hunting for demons. Federal law enforcement officers entered cities including Portland, Oregon; Chicago; Kansas City, Missouri; and Albuquerque at Trump's direction, clearly meant to gin up clashes and disorder between federal officers and the groups disfavored by his core supporters in pursuit of " viral online content ."
Protesters burned an American flag and a Bible in Portland, Oregon, sparking outrage just as weeks of violent demonstrations seemed to be coming to a close.
What these missives fail to note and what many of the protesters might not understand is this . . .
There hasn't been much progress to achieve protester demands for "systemic change" targeting local law enforcement.
Protesters demanded the resignation of the KCPD top cop . . . Chief Rick Smith boldly proclaimed that he's staying and not even considering resignation. Moreover, he's got the votes to back him up for now.
Also, protesters have been asking for "local control" of Kansas City police.
However . . .
COUNCIL DUDE "ALLY" ERIC BUNCH IS SELLING OUT BLACK LIVES MATTER THIS WEEK WITH HIS RESOLUTION TO THWART A VOTE FOR LOCAL CONTROL BECAUSE HE CLAIMS IT'S TOO EXPENSIVE!!!
Check the KCMO docket this week to see his more practical legislative gambit.
And so, the goals of protesters to "engage" the community might block traffic for a moment but how have been stripped of most of their real power and seem to be encountering more resistance.
Developing . . .