Today, nationwide news highlighted a protest at city hall and one of the most controversial Kansas City leaders now stands at the apex of an impending crisis.
Longtime readers already know most of this backstorty but here's a quick summary that local MSM isn't providing . . .
Amid an overly turbulent and exceptionally violent 2020, local media downplayed "Mean Jean" stepping down as Missouri Democratic Party Chair. In our lead photo we remind our blog community that she also addressed thousands of Black Lives Matter protesters in a demonstration at 12th & Oak - To be fair, the protest at city hall steps was totally peaceful and not nearly as exciting as weeks of rioting on the Country Club Plaza that pretty much destroyed the entertainment district.
Another not so fun fact that denizens of the cowtown discourse overlook . . .
Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker and the KCPD have been engaged in an ongoing feud for more than a year.
The prosecutor has pushed indictments against KCPD officers and denounced the organization for not sharing information with her office. The response from KCPD Chief Smith has been reserved but strident as he insists that police followed proper protocols and also strive to serve the community.
Now . . .
The prosecutor is set to weigh in on an arrest of pregnant woman in Kansas City that has resonated across the nation.
And all of this begs the question . . .
GIVEN MEAN JEAN'S DISPUTE WITH KCPD: WILL SHE WORSEN THE PROTESTER STANDOFF WITH POLICE!?!?
Like it or not, it's a fair question as the context of this dispute has been downplayed and overlooked by the media and national reporters don't care to understand the backstory of this cowtown.
For further edification we share this latest roundup of the hot mess in the making . . .
The Jackson County Prosecutor's office confirmed on Thursday it is reviewing the arrest of a pregnant woman by a Kansas City police officer that was captured on a video that has now gone viral.A spokesman for the Jackson County Prosecutor's office also said it has asked the Kansas City Police Department to open an investigation into the incident.The video - which has sparked a six-day protest outside of KCMO City Hall - shows 25-year-old Deja Stallings being arrested as a Kansas City Police Department officer appears to put his knee on her back.
Kansas City Outcry Amplified
The pregnant victim of a violent incident with Kansas City Police spoke today about the trauma she experienced. "My baby girl has not even been born yet, but she is a victim of the police," Stallings said during a press conference where she began to cry.
Beltway News Reviews KCPD
A protest in front of City Hall in Kansas City over the arrest of a pregnant Black woman entered its seventh day on Thursday. Demonstrators have camped out in front of City Hall after videos circulated showing a white Kansas City police officer kneeling on the back of a Black pregnant woman during her arrest last week.
Tent City Protest Persists
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) - Today was the first time we heard from 25-year-old Deja Stallings. She is the pregnant woman shown in video being arrested last week by the KCPD, which sparked outrage. Stallings stood at a podium right in front of KC City Hall and had to leave the microphone early when she became overcome with emotion.
Developing . . .