The tragic reality is that there's nothing "new" about a recent crime prevention plan revealed by the Mayor, the Jackson County Prosecutor and chief of police today.
Moreover . . .
This "plan" isn't just bereft of new ideas, it's dishonest with the public inasmuch most residents realize that all of the politicos presenting this scheme are at war with one another behind the scenes.
The mayor was outed in his promise to join forces with groups working to oust the top cop. Meanwhile, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker has been feuding with KCPD for at least the past two years. Apropos for campaign season, she has recently added the fight against police brutality to her agenda.
Moreover, the KCPD Chief dutifully undercut the plan's premiere by informing the public of a far more dire situation that confronts the community: Budget cuts impacting the police department which threaten to spike police response times and the 911 waiting game.
Translation: These politicos can't cooperate with each other and so their ability to lead the public in reducing violence is suspect.
Worst of all, a close look at the news cycle today offers insiders a more realistic glimpse at the effort . . .
KANSAS CITY NEWSIES REGARD THE "NEW" CRIME PREVENTION PLAN AS NOTHING MORE THAN A BAD JOKE!!!
Covering this story was an assignment given to mostly rookie or no-name reporters and the media isn't putting a lot of energy into broadcasting it because viewers don't like hearing more empty promises. For the past few years, every time the murder count gets out of control a similar "new plan" is promoted and has little or no impact on the homicide rate.
The bloodiest year in Kansas City history is quickly becoming a reality and if this is the answer to the increased carnage then locals can reasonably expect the slaughter on local streets to persist.
"It targets things like better-lit neighborhoods, connecting with at-risk individuals, a higher crime clearance rate and stripping the city code of discriminatory policies . . . There will be a large community component to the plan.
City leaders will start going on walks around neighborhoods with their residents on Thursday to hear more about what they need in order to deter crime in their areas.
"Let's make the community the first part of it. Let's make neighborhoods the focus," Lucas said while emphasizing the need for officials and community leaders to listen to members of the community. "We're not just saying we don't care about your opinion because you got in trouble."
You decide . . .