Kansas City mayor Quinton Lucas mostly rules by decree via Twitter, but he has never worked to maintain any real influence or political alliances in GOP-dominated state capital Jefferson City, Missouri. Now, significant proposed changes to police policy seem like direct push back against Mayor Q's rhetoric.
To wit . . .
A MISSOURI RESIDENCY REFORM BILL REBUKES MAYOR Q'S WORK TO CRACKDOWN ON LOCAL COPS!!!
For starters, cops across the state have been pushing to end of residency requirements for years but seemed to double their efforts in the aftermath of recent "mostly peaceful" social justice protest. Now, this pending legislation could tip the balance of power in municipal issues, inspire workers with steady salaries to leave the city limits AND reinforce state-control of KCPD.
Even better, Missouri Senator Brian Williams has signed on to combine his bill championing police reforms against choke-holds and thereby confound progressives who might have trouble navigating the law enforcement political power move with typical outcry against racism.
Thankfully, one of the most KICK-ASS KANSAS CITY INSIDERS helps us unpack the issue.
Here's the word . . .
"The arrogance of mayor Quinton Lucas has led Kansas City to this point. Look closely at the debate over this combined bill; the mayor doesn't have any friends in Jeff City. He should have been partnering with the few Democrats in the Missouri House & Senate to try and find a compromise but his lobbying efforts have been more focused on 'social justice' than effective governance."
"The residency requirement is a serious threat for Kansas City. I don't agree with it, the loss of tax revenue is reason enough to oppose the bill. There's also a real danger that police who live outside of KCMO could be alienated from the urban communities they serve. Unfortunately, the mayor hasn't worked to cultivate any allies in Jeff City and so he has been left out of this conversation that will impact Kansas City directly.
Instead of building productive relationships, Quinton has been pushing for things like KCPD 'local control' which local law enforcement hates. Now, KC is in a situation where we need help and Mayor Q simply isn't up to the task. Instead of marching with protesters, he should have been finding allies in his own backyard and across the aisle."
Even better and a consequence of this debate . . . Dropping the residency requirement for police will also allow Kansas City firefighters to finally move from their Northland McMansions into some place even nicer.
Developing . . .