The war of words betwixt protesters and police continues to worsen and threatens to divide Kansas City residents even further going into a tumultuous election.
To wit . . .
POLICE UNION REJECTION OF ACTIVIST/LAWYER STACY SHAW'S APOLOGY REVEALS WORSENING RACIAL & POLITICAL DIVISIONS IN KANSAS CITY!!!
Of course there has been plenty of chatter on this conversation during the day but we think these are the most relevant public quotes that capture the "spirit" of the debate . . .
Support for FOP to persist after rejecting the apology . . .
"I sincerely hope that the FOP pursues the full extent of justice in this scenario.... we have seen across the country what plays out when people like Stacy Shaw are not held accountable for the full extent of their actions and allowed to pursue their divisive agendas. She would not, nor has she ever, showed the same grace or open-mindedness towards our officers or our department in situations for which she conveniently pushes the 10 seconds of a video clip that can be manipulated to fit her narrative. If she is allowed to get away with this, it will only come back to bite us. She will not regard it as a gracious move and change her tune about how she feels about Chief Smith, Brad Lemon, the FOP or our great department. She needs to be stopped while the opportunity presents itself, early, before we are Portland."
In favor of reform . . .
"Powerful words Stacy. You are absolutely amazing. You have been key in working towards justice and police reform in our city. While it is nice that you clarified this for people who took your words the wrong way, those of us who really know you, follow your leadership know you would never accept that kind of action or deliberate harm. Keep fighting! What is happening in this city is needed. We care so much for you and are thankful for you!"
The call to disbar moves forward . . .
Please, please, PLEASE DO NOT let that woman’s apology be the end of this. At a minimum every member of the KCPD deserves and should demand the bar association receive an ethics violation complaint and she be held accountable for her actions. If a member of the KCPD did this to her, not only would she come after said officer with everything and anything, but an officer would be disciplined and possibly terminated. Right is Right and Wrong is Wrong. This is nothing more than holding this woman accountable for her actions.
Reference to the Commander-In-Chief . . .
"So Trump can make b.s. comments & he gets a pat on the back, or his supporters defend him, but Stacy Shaw can't be forgiven for her words being misinterpreted smh"
To be fair, what we've noticed is far more complaints against Ms. Shaw's comment and rejection of her apology than support, even on her public social media outlets. Remember that we noted her comments were OVER THE LINE and the vast majority of readers disagreed even more strongly with controversial statements before & after Ms. Shaw's apology.
Thankfully for balance and REAL WORLD opinion from the community, Kansas City's top ranking activist Alonzo Washington offers an important perspective here along with a reminder of the tragic situation that started this hot mess . . .
"It's so racist that she was forced to apologize by the badgering of the racist KC media but the Kansas City, Missouri Department hasn’t apologized for slamming a Black woman that’s pregnant to the ground . . . Cops kill Black suspects unjustly & they want the Black community to forgive & trust them. This is why KCPD sucks in their community relations."
Accordingly . . .
Feel free to argue either side of the issue, what's clear is that Kansas City has become increasingly fractured, politicized and divided with very little hope or leadership to confront the challenges of the ongoing pandemic, economic turmoil, continued civil unrest and political instability as we approach the presidential election.
Developing . . .