The aftermath of election season persists as authorities confront new mandates whilst biz remains shut down.
The “First Amendment-Protected Activities” policy was discussed Tuesday during the monthly meeting of the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners. The proposed policy was presented to the board for review, and no immediate action was taken.
The new policy was created in response to protests last summer at the Country Club Plaza. During those demonstrations, Kansas City officers were criticized for their use of tear gas and other methods to disperse crowds after officers reported that objects were thrown at them.
Police Chief Rick Smith said it was important for the department to develop a “First Amendment policy,” as a way to re-evaluate how they respond to large demonstrations and public gatherings. “I think these are good policies,” Smith told police board members. “And I think these will serve our department and our community well.”
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