Objectively, after four days of protest activist Stacy Shaw and her followers have earned very little support in their effort to oust KCPD Chief Rick Smith.
The mayor downplayed their efforts, the top cop doesn't seem concerned and whilst council welcomes anything that distracts the public from budget cuts . . . They haven't signed on to the "movement" so far and only council lady Katheryn Shields offers tacit approval of the non-violent demonstration on city hall grounds.
For those of us with a memory, this episode takes us back to the old school Occupy KC movement that devolved into brutal infighting, a nearly month long stay in the park and a only a few tents cleared by authorities during lunch.
Reality check . . .
KANSAS CITY POLITICOS POLITELY IGNORE ACTIVIST STACY SHAW'S CAMP OUT AND OUTCRY AGAINST POLICE!!!
From a policy perspective, this effort won't force a Police Board commission vote on the Chief's removal and basically served as local MSM entertainment for a slow Monday.
Again, we respect non-violent demonstrations as a powerful form of advocacy . . . However, it's clear that protesters might have camped out in a political corner that won't facilitate change and they might soon have to pull up stakes.
To be fair, today the weather was BEAUTIFUL and this might be one of the best times to be outside and b.s. with
comrades fellow unemployed workers friends.
Check the links:
41 Action News: Kansas City protesters vow 'not to be ignored any longer'
You decide . . .