There's no denying the threat of continued civil unrest as the election draws near.
Remember . . .
KCPD incurred 2.1 MILLION BUCKS worth of overtime and other expenses associated with violent protests following the death of George Floyd.
As 12th & Oak budget problems worsen, take a look at other American cities and notice violence and confrontation with police persist . . .
PORTLAND, Ore. - Federal authorities on Saturday forced demonstrators away from a plaza near a federal building as dueling demonstrations in Portland by right-wing and left-wing protesters turned violent. The area includes county and federal buildings and has been the site of numerous recent protests.
Perspective . . .
Before coronavirus hit, Portland was one of this cities that KCMO wanted to emulate . . . Now this progressive enclave is clearly at a loss in how to stop civil unrest.
A retired assistant U.S. attorney offers his thoughts on the ongoing unrest including fires, vandalism and riots. PORTLAND, Ore. - Retired assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Peifer has a unique perspective on the violent protests in Portland. During his time as a federal prosecutor, Peifer handled domestic-terrorism cases and learned a lot about anarchists, eco-terrorists and violent extremists.
Meanwhile, protest in Kansas City have been consistent since the outset of the year. The confrontations have been "most peaceful" but with horrific damages and danger when some local clash violently with authorities.
Thankfully, protesters and bystanders kept their calm amid tonight's demonstration with a local focus . . .
For thirteen weeks, people have taken to the streets of Kansas City in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The gathering at Mill Creek Park on May 20th was Bryan Boccard's first time attending a protest.
Food for thought . . .
Thankfully, we haven't seen violent protest from the right or Trump supporters but that isn't out of the question as tempers and division rise to historic levels and none of us know how this election hot mess will turn out.
And all of this inspires our playlist tonight . . .
TKC always applicable advice: Stay home and surf the Internets, play video games and goof off rather than break stuff.
As always, thanks for reading this week and have a safe and fun Saturday night.