Outsiders don't know this but Kansas City residents are all to familiar with the dysfunctional relationship betwixt the police and the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office.
In the comments, a few angry supporters of law enforcement have been trolling "Mean Jean" about the backlog of murder cases she has yet to charge . . . Point of fact, they aren't lying.
For better and worse this rivalry continues and has emerged as a talking point in a high profile case that local media are dutifully trying to ignore in a desperate effort to preserve their ad revenue.
Meanwhile, national media seems confused about how DUI prosecutions work and/or don't work in Kansas City.
An outsider's perspective . . .
"Had Britt Reid been my client (meaning, a regular person and not the son of a future Hall-of-Fame coach) in the suburbs outside Chicago, he would not only have been charged within the first 24 hours, he probably would have been handcuffed to his hospital bed while he recovered."
That's a good point that now belongs to history as police have cleverly blame shifted this case and put the burden on the prosecutor's office . . . Here's the money quote with an important highlight . . .
"Indeed, when Deadspin reached out to the Kansas City Police Department, we were told that the case file on Reid’s accident had been turned over to the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office. When we contacted the Prosecutor’s Office, we were told they had not received the case file, and were unable to comment on the case at all. And though he refused to confirm whether or not the office was waiting on Reid’s blood test results, Director of Communications Michael Mansur did tell me that, in some cases, intoxicated drivers are charged right away, “such as if a person is so impaired that there’s no doubt.” When asked why that wasn’t the case with Britt Reid, who hit a parked car and admitted to drinking, Mansur responded, “I don’t know, I haven’t read the case file.” Mansur also told me it’s not unusual for it to take three to five months to bring charges in a case like Reid’s."
Translation . . .
REAL TALK: TOUGH PROSECUTION TARGETING THE SON OF THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS HEAD COACH WOULD BE CAREER SUICIDE FOR MEAN JEAN!!!
Sure, justice should be blind but post-COVID it's clear that the Kansas City Chiefs are one of the few dependable local attractions for this cowtown and they generate biz in bars, restaurants and grocery stores throughout the metro.
To be fair, we're certain the prosecutor is giving this matter her full attention but there's just no getting around the FACT OF LIFE that the Chiefs are much more popular than police or any elected official and negatively impacting their biz won't play well in the court of public opinion.
At this point hacks pundits would mention the poor little girl who remains permanently crippled after a crash with the former Chiefs coach . . . They would be right to do so.
However, if we look closely at the news scene we notice that local MSM has seemingly moved on and local political denizens are now more focused on forcing the resignation of a Kansas State Senate honcho after his DUI hot mess.
Just as many readers predicted, this case and the plight of a youngster have quickly been moved out of the spotlight because the hopeless and tragic political realities and permanent injuries are just too tough for the fickle viewing public to comprehend.
Developing . . .