Video of a KCPD officer arresting a young black woman and putting his knee on her back as he threw her to the ground has ignited outcry throughout Kansas City's urban core.
Right now protesters occupy 12th & Oak and vow to stay there until KCPD Chief of Police Rick Smith is fired or until they're forcibly removed. Meanwhile, spokesmen for the police have attempted to offer more insight into the arrest and communicate their understanding and concern with the safety of the pregnant woman and her baby who, they claim, were not harmed during the incident.
Right now City Hall is under an "indefinite occupation" sparked by this controversy.
Meanwhile, the mayor hasn't offered any meaningful public statement about the incident or even a social media blast.
To wit . . .
MAYOR QUINTON LUCAS NOW CONFRONTS REBUKE FROM BOTH POLICE AND COMMUNITY FOR HIS SILENCE!!!
From the protest side . . .
Just check the social media profile of activist attorney Stacy Shaw wherein she has consistently criticized the mayor for refusing to take a stand. Comments and social media questions have also dogged the Mayor Lucas for his quietude.
Meanwhile, whist police and their supporters don't expect much out of city hall. Still, kindly po-po readers among our blog community seem cautiously optimistic and express hope that Mayor Q will at least give them a fair shake.
Off-the-record, here's the word from a TKC police pal . . .
"This is an opportunity for the mayor. Look at that video and see that this was a dangerous situation and there were multiple complaints about the disturbance. We're all grown-ups in Kansas City, we know that arrests don't always look nice but the important thing to remember here is that the woman and her baby didn't sustain injury from police in any way. Speaking up against a social media campaign against KCPD would be a perfect chance for the mayor to show everyone that he cares about PUBLIC SAFETY for all residents first and foremost."
Nevertheless . . .
MAYOR Q CONTINUES HIS SILENCE THIS WEEKEND DESPITE DEMANDS FOR A STATEMENT AND CONTINUED OUTCRY FOR HIM TO PICK A SIDE!!!
Sadly, insiders tell us that we can only expect another equivocating lecture from the mayor this week.
Sources close to the mayor's camp reveal that he'll attempt to facilitate a dialogue and might even call for further investigation but will ultimately FAIL to offer any guidance or leadership in a situation where police and community are once again at odds.
As KCMO confronts a record breaking murder rate for 2020 and the threat of more violence, civil unrest and tension with police escalates the mayor attempting to play a neutral 3rd party won't resonate with residents or voters and merely serves to explain the dearth of leadership that has preceded this crisis.
Developing . . .