The pandemic has forced Mayor Quinton Lucas to choose his priorities and maintaining the police budget isn't one of them. To be fair, despite pleading from neighborhoods for more cops, KCPD indulged in buying new tech toys with their MASSIVE budget that's now at risk.
It gets worse . . . Given longtime local voting history, MAGA conservatives from the police union make HORRIBLE spokesmen for continued funding of desperately needed community policing given their documented animosity for the widely held progressive political values of the community which they're supposed to serve.
Accordingly, and just as we predicted . . .
CORONAVIRUS DEVASTATION OF THE KANSAS CITY BUDGET FACILITATES DE FACTO "DEFUND THE POLICE" POLICY!!!
Argue semantics with somebody paid to push a party line because the (bad) joke here is that there's no cash for ANYBODY until the federal government starts printing more money despite diminishing returns. Meanwhile, the police budget is still going to take an EPIC hit with 400 JOBS AT RISK despite double talk about supporting law enforcement and the Black Lives Matter movement at the same time.
Example . . .
Check the money tweet from Mayor Lucas that doesn't skimp on highlighting ongoing diversity efforts for police:
"I do not believe in cutting staff or closing stations. I also believe we need new recruit classes, many of which reflect our city. I hope all can work together on administrative adjustments that can help address our budget challenges but still keep our residents safe."
Sadly, 145 murders so far this year proves that a great many residents in Kansas City aren't safe and the upcoming politically charged slap fight betwixt the mayor & police isn't going to improve the deadly crisis underway.
Check the links:
You decide . . .