In a rousing protest just moments ago, attorney Stacy Shaw and Kansas City Urban League President Gwen Grant denounced police and rebuked Mayor Quinton Lucas. The impassioned criticism emerged in the aftermath of video showing a pregnant woman arrested as a police officer put his knee on the young lady's back as he detained her amid a chaotic scene. Now there's a call to action.
To wit . . .
STACY SHAW DEMANDS MORE PROTEST AND DISCIPLINARY ACTION AGAINST KCPD!!!
What we notice in the aftermath of this protest is that local media attempt to play down the raw anger and emotion involved in this story.
As Ms. Shaw shouted her words, there was an intensifying outcry from the crowd. It's clear an alleged police assault against a pregnant woman has stirred a great deal of anger from the community.
Also, and this is important . . .
Both Ms. Grant & Ms. Shaw noted the silence from Mayor Quinton Lucas on this issue.
A few more statements that deserve attention . . .
Stacy Shaw: "What's it going to take for the people of Kansas City to demand change? Not just showing up at the polls but standing up in the streets."
STACY SHAW: "THIS CITY HAS NOT SHOWN IT DESERVES PEACE AND IT WILL NOT GET PEACE UNTIL CHIEF RICK SMITH IS TERMINATED!!!"
Stacy Shaw: "We're asking everyone under the sound of our voices to show up tonight at 6 o'clock at police headquarters so we can demand justice for unborn black babies."
Meanwhile, Ms. Grant was a bit more subdued in her remarks but still insistent. She commented, "We do not see a way forward to build a substantive and productive relationship with police with Chief Rick Smith at the helm."
Here's the situation according to the KCPD and their notes shared with the media . . .
"During a Thursday press conference, Kansas City police spokesman Capt. Dave Jackson said a security officer for a business at 35th Street and Prospect Avenue called police on a group of 15-20 people fighting around 11 p.m. Wednesday.
"Officers tried to arrest one man who was refusing to leave, Jackson said, when the group of people stopped them. The man then tried to run away, tripped, and police tried to arrest the man when two others interfered, Jackson said. Police pulled that man and the pregnant woman off of the first man.
"The pregnant woman, Jackson said, resisted arrest."
"An officer first tried to arrest her while standing, before taking her to the ground. Jackson said the officer did not apply pressure from his knee to the woman’s back, but kept his weight on his foot. She was then handcuffed and moved to a seated position.
"The first man was arrested and booked. Jackson said the woman was arrested for hindering and interfering and that she was evaluated and released from a hospital.
“We would take great care in order to avoid injury or exacerbating the situation,” Jackson said Thursday. “We understand the emotions of dealing with anybody from children or pregnant people or disabled people. We understand.”
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