In their lead story today, The Kansas City Star pretty much assures us that their newspaper won't be around much longer given the exceptionally sloppy and dangerous reporting they're sharing with a shirking cadre of readers.
Real talk: There is so much hearsay and second hand info in their story that it wouldn't even make a good blog post.
Here's the premise . . .
"Ability to wait up to 48 hours before providing a formal statement is one of several privileges extended to local officers represented by the union.
"It’s one of the most controversial provisions of the current contract between the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners and the local chapter of the union representing rank-and-file officers. With the contract up for renegotiation in the coming weeks, activists and community leaders have said the 48-hour rule should be removed."
For the record . . .
DON'T HOLD YOUR BREATH FOR THIS POLICY TO CHANGE!!!
However, nothing about "the 48-hour rule" was the point of the story . . .
It was basically a hit piece targeted against Kansas City FOP honcho Brad Lemon.
To be fair, the police leader deserves every bit of push back he gets given his exceptionally fast & loose social media tirades as of late.
Remember that the FOP represents a relatively small number of rank & file KCPD officers as more cops seem to think Mr. Lemon is bolstering his social media celebrity status for a potential (and ultimately doomed) political run.
Also . . . Credit where it's due . . . The Star's story offers some interesting, if not sketchy backstory on recent drama among the po-po.
But it's all basically gossip, politics, and social media slap fighting amongst law enforcement whilst historic deadly crime rages on local streets.
As usual, there's really nothing "new" about reports of animosity betwixt Black vs. white cops in leadership positions.
For the powerless Kansas City plebs, the newspaper report merely confirms that there are more than a few people with guns on local streets in search of garnering a greater share of power — Some of them just happen to wear uniforms. Practicing 'social distancing' from just about everybody seems to be only safe alternative for locals who don't have the luxury of benefiting from overwrought political drama.
Developing . . .