The general consensus among local leaders and pundit hacks is that COVID-19 caused the record-breaking 2020 Kansas City homicide spike.
But blaming "the invisible enemy" is an easy fix for avoiding accountability from voters, residents and taxpayers.
To be fair, murders have been trending upwards for years but, then again, the top cop, mean Jean and Mayor Q aren't exactly new to this cowtown.
More to the point . . .
KANSAS CITY URBAN ACTIVISTS BLAME CHIEF SMITH FOR THE MURDER SPIKE IN AN ONGOING EFFORT TO OUST THE POLICE LEADER & PUSH FOR LOCAL CONTROL IN 2021!!!
So far there's no organized effort to push back against the prosecutor or mayor despite a great deal of grumbling.
Still, if we're REALLY going to talk about accountability offering constructive criticism is part of that process in addition to understanding that there's plenty of blame to go around.
Admittedly, the blame game isn't really helpful but neither is the typical late December keening over the homicide count that invariably seeks to wipe the slate clean and offer local leaders a fresh start for the new year.
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You decide . . .