Sadly, for many activists in Kansas City, police represent a clear & present danger to the community and political opposition against law enforcement is a moral imperative.
In 2020, many local activists moved beyond demands to merely "defund" the police and instead brazenly pushed forward an agenda to "abolish" KCPD.
Progressive local media attempted to play the middle-ground but at the same time amplified repeated demands for the resignation or removal from KCPD Chief Smith.
The Kansas City Star basically performed the duty of press agent for activists and instead of posing questions, they pushed complaints against police even further and, predictably, took aim at FOP union honcho Brad Lemon with a litany of sketchy old school allegations.
At the end of the year the Jackson County Prosecutor pushed back even harder against the po-po union boss with a far more serious move to scuttle an investigation and share a hot mess tow truck scandal with Kansas City media.
Accordingly and because progressives won't have Prez Trump to complain about anymore . . .
KANSAS CITY PROTESTERS PREP TO TARGET POLICE WITH STRONGER POLITICAL PUSH BACK IN 2021!!!
Already activists have committed to themselves to the removal of the top cop.
Outcry against the Chief has moved beyond urban core Revs and now even a local Episcopal church has signed on in the fight against Chief Smith.
Even worse, the hope of "community outreach" amid the holiday season was not only hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic but also thwarted by a fiery activist speech that discouraged police volunteerism with youngsters . . . The polemic that was widely celebrated across the world even if it sacrificed toys and Christmas help for urban youngsters.
And so, this summary merely serves to provide context to the rising criticism against local police leadership and local law enforcement overall.
Unfortunately, this grassroots uprising against authorities gains traction at a time when the community desperately needs partnership with police.
Kansas City has endured a historic and record breaking 2020 homicide surge that doesn't show any sign of significant decline in the new year.
Even worse, KCMO elected leadership has been persuaded to side with activists over police.
In the feud betwixt activists vs. cops, most Kansas City politicos side with protesters. Any sincere voice advocating the desperate need for cooperation has been effectively silenced.
So-called "local control" of KCPD is now a legislative priority approved by a wide margin by mayor Quinton Lucas and most of the council.
In 2020 quite a few Kansas City elected leaders like Councilman Eric Bunch loudly voiced their solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement against police brutality. Few metro political officials expressed any similarly passionate alliance with cops.
Still, political upheaval targeting police with protest in Kansas City FAILED to boost the fortunes of progressive politicos at the ballot.
Every single statewide Missouri Democratic Party candidate lost and Kansas Democrats conceded precious ground after the election cycle - giving up almost every bit of 2018 "blue wave" progress.
Nevertheless . . .
As we ready ourselves for 2021 we notice Kansas City activists and progressives ready to reaffirm criticism of KCPD.
Outcry at police board meetings remain constants and behind the scenes we've noticed activists working to garner national protest support against KCMO law enforcement leadership.
And so . . .
Whilst the Prez & the calendar will change . . . The bitter feud betwixt local activists vs. police remains constant.
Developing . . .