Po-po have their work cut out for them if they're going to try to spin their way out of community outrage and growing demand for the removal of the KCPD Chief.
As always, remember that keyboard warriors ranting anonymously on the Internets have consistently demonstrated that they don't have any real influence in local politics. Moreover, there's a dearth of ANYBODY willing to go on record and publicly defend a knee to a pregnant woman's back.
Moreover, the excuse about the "officer shifting his weight to his foot" is not only unconvincing but also childish and insulting to any KCMO resident familiar with the often contentious relationship betwixt police and urban communities. Similarly, activists claims this hot mess scene was a "peace vigil" are also testing the public's patience.
In fairness, this video clearly depicts a nightmare scenario AND the pregnant woman putting herself in the midst of a dangerous late night situation.
Here's the word . . .
"A security officer for a business at 35th and Prospect called 911 for help at 10:49 p.m. Sept. 30 to report 15-20 individuals fighting on the business’s property.
"When officers arrived, they contacted the business owner, who advised he wanted everyone off the property who wasn’t buying anything.
"One of the men who was on scene physically interfered with the investigation and refused to leave. Officers attempted to arrest the man, at which time the crowd physically prevented the officer from arresting him. The man took off running. He tripped, and officers attempted to get him in custody. At that time, a woman (seen in the video) and man tried to pull the suspect away from officers. Other officers had to assist the arresting officer by pulling off the man and woman.
"Police gave the woman and man several verbal warnings to leave, but they continued to physically interfere by attempting to pull the suspect away from officers. One of the assisting officers then attempted to place her under arrest for hindering and interfering. The officer attempted to do this while she was standing, but she continued to physically resist arrest, at which point he placed her on the ground to effect the arrest. Then she was handcuffed, turned to her side and immediately placed in a seated position. The other man who was the original arrest also was taken into custody.
"The officer who arrested the woman stated he took care not to apply pressure with his legs. Police called ambulances, which arrived within one minute. The woman was transported to an area hospital, where she was evaluated and released. The original arrest also was evaluated and released at an area hospital, and then booked into jail."
And here's the footage that police are sharing . . .
You decide . . .