Right now activists remain outside of city hall near 12th & Oak in a camp out that hasn't yet lost its novelty given a few fun signs of peaceful political disruption.
Overnight, activists projected a repeated demand onto city hall.
A quick rundown of the situation:
This was sparked by a pregnant woman slammed to the ground by a KCPD officer who then put his knee on her back. Fact check: She was taken to a hospital and both her and her baby were uninjured according to authorities.
The demand for discipline against the arresting officer and continued calls for the removal of KCPD Chief Rick Smith persist but that's not all . . .
LISTEN TO THE PROTESTERS CLOSELY AND THEY'RE DEMANDING THAT KANSAS CITY DEFUND POLICE!!!
Local media is downplaying this aspect of the protest outcry but speeches from the scene and activist attorney Stacy Shaw's social media updates clearly state the group's aim:
"Divest 50% of KCPD budget to reinvest in life affirming institutions."
As of this writing that's quite a bit more than what Mayor Q & Council are trying to cut for the 2021 budget.
Nevertheless . . .
We all know how this ends because "occupy" movements have never successfully worked in American history.
Inevitably the police will remove the protesters at a point in the news cycle when TKC is either sleeping, having lunch or (ironically) occupied with an EPIC video game session.
What's worse is that removing Chief Smith, defunding police and local control are a LONG SHOT IDEAS and all of this effort could be used to facilitate better relations betwixt community & police rather than advocating political disruption that has the potential to put people in harm's way.
Kansas City confronts a historic homicide count and none of this political slap fighting will help save lives or reduce the quotient of local misery.
Of course, every American has the right to political expression and nonviolent demonstrations can be powerful . . . However, despite strident arguments and bold political posturing, the protesters haven't told us HOW OR WHY firing the Chief and cutting the police budget will make life better for the people of Kansas City.
You decide . . .