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We've only edited a few words and highlighted this important Kansas City fact amid our record-breaking 2020 homicide spike that continues to worsen.
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Homicide Cases “Under Prosecutor Review”
As we approach the end of 2020, the local news may or may not highlight the homicide count at the end of the year. We know that at 171 and counting, the city surpassed the old record a while ago.
What hasn’t been covered is that since October, KCPD’s Daily Homicide Analysis which is updated each day, has shown 20+ cases current at the “Prosecutors Office” for review. The latest analysis shows that number to be 24. This number has not been below 20 since early October.
These cases are those where a suspect has been identified and a probable cause statement has been submitted for charging that suspect. While I understand that every case and defendant deserves due process and agree that no one should be charged with a crime unless probable cause exists, the fact that this many cases, this many suspected murderers are still out on the streets pending “review” of cases for at least two months is ridiculous.
Presumably, since the majority of these homicides have occurred in Jackson County and many of the homicides north of the river have been solved and charged, JPBs (Jean Peters Baker's) office seems to be dragging their feet at the expense of the public perception that it is the police who are solely responsible for the crime in the city.
The public should know why so many cases (20+) have been “under review” for any extended time period, especially 30,60, or 90+ days. As I said, every case and possible future defendant deserves due process and a case review before charges are filed but the question has not been asked and this critical issue has not been raised to Jean and her office by the local media or other stakeholders in this city.
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