One of the top ranking local crime experts in Kansas City is kind enough to share his perspective on the local crime scene that doesn't shy away from record breaking pace of local carnage . . . Yet also offers hope and a path forward.

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Dr. Ernest Evans: An Innovative Crime-Fighting Program from Kansas City

In the last eighteen  months the US has experienced the largest increase in homicides in the recorded history of the country.  In 2017 homicides declined 2% and in 2018 they declined 6.8% and in the first eight months of 2019 homicides nationally declined about 4%.  Then, in September and October of 2019 the homicide surge began--in the last four months of 2019 homicides increased 8%.  In calendar year 2020 the homicide increase continued--there was a 30% increase in homicides nationally; by far the biggest yearly increase in recorded history--the previous record was 13% in 1968. And, the homicide surge is continuing into 2021:  A recent survey of the 37 largest cities in the US showed that in the early months of 2021 there had been an 18% increase in homicides.

   This homicide surge has not affected the nation's demographic groups equally. Specifically, a massively disproportionate number of the additional homicide victims have been black men, women and children. I noted above that in the last four months of 2019 homicides nationally increased 8%--but the numbers of white/Asian/Hispanic homicides continued the decline of the first eight months of the year while the numbers of black homicides increased sharply.  The two major local cities here in the KC-area both reflected this disproportionate black homicide surge:  In KCMO there were 98 black homicides in 2018 and 40 homicides of other races--whereas in 2019 there were 115 black homicides and 33 homicides from other races; in Saint Louis there were 156 black homicides in 2018 and 30 homicides from other races--whereas in 2019 there were 175 black homicides and 19 homicides from other races.

   This surge in black homicides continued into 2020. As I noted above there was about a 30% increase in homicides overall in the US in 2020--but there was a 50% increase in the number of black homicides.  And, this surge of black homicides is continuing into 2021:  In the first two months of 2021 there were 92 homicides in Chicago--75 black and 17 other races. In contrast, in the first two months of 2019, before the current homicide surge began, there were 46 homicides in Chicago --34 black and 12 other races.  If the trends of the past several months continue there will be twice as many black homicides in 2021 than there were in 2019.

   This surge in violence in the black neighborhoods of America makes it urgent that the nation's police departments do all they can to improve their relationships with their local black population.  But, given the history of policing in America this is not an easy task to undertake:  When slavery was legal the local police forces often acted to block the efforts of the Underground Railroad to smuggle slaves to freedom in Canada.  During the century of segregation that followed the abolition of slavery in 1865 police forces all too often brutally enforced the segregation laws.  Slavery was abolished in 1865 and legal segregation ended in the 1960's--but old memories die hard. As the great novelist William Faulkner used to say:  "The past is not dead.  It is not even the past."

   With this urgent need to improve police relations with the black people of America I thought that it would be appropriate to call attention to a most innovative initiative in Kansas City, Missouri.  Sgt. Ann Murphy of the Kansas City Police Department was asked to come by a local school early in her time on the force to urge the students to stay out of gangs and to stay off drugs.  At the school she was concerned to note that the students were afraid of her and did not trust her.   She realized that such a high level of distrust was inhibiting the city's efforts to fight crime.

   So, she organized a soccer team in KCMO composed of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.  Om 2015 she converted her soccer team into a non-profit called Youth RISE.  Her organization not only coaches soccer teams but provides the players with tutoring and mentoring in their college plans. Over the years she has helped literally hundreds of young people go to college--most of the time these young people were the first people in their families ever to go to college.

   This program organized by Sgt. Murphy is an innovative step towards building trust between the black population of KCMO and the KCPD--and as such it is a worthwhile example to be imitated all over the  nation in response to the ongoing surge of violence in the black neighborhoods of America.


You decide . . .


  1. finally some accurate stats about kc violence. Thank you Dr. Evans.

  2. soccer is part of the solution. But it would be more effective to take the guns out of the hands of criminals. president joe biden wants to do that but the Republicans are standing in hi sway.

    1. Yes the criminals will hand over their guns if Bidet asks,

  3. ^^^ hey dumbass




    accept that and move on

  4. Dr. Evans will soon be cancelled. Thou shalt no speak accurately about hood rats. That is verboten!

  5. ^^Boring. Bye bye.

  6. ^^and yet no one is asking for people to turn in their guns you stupid geriatric fucktard. Just a ban on them. Why are old people so fucking dumb? Weird.

  7. The Boulder Colorado mass murderer was a Democrat Party Muslim immigrant.

    So a Democrat Muslim murders 10 Americans.

    Democrat voters murder 10 people in Obama's lovely Chicago every weekend.

    However, the Marxist Democrats want to confiscate law-abiding Americans guns who need them for protection since Joe Biden and the Marxist Democrats are defunding the police.

  8. If the government illegally bans guns, then illegal gun sales will explode like whiskey sales during the prohibition days.

    Organized Crime and the Kennedy family will make a fortune off of gun running.

  9. It is out right ignorance, and lack of fathers in the home.
    Guns are just a handy tool.

  10. "This surge in violence in the black neighborhoods of America makes it urgent that the nation's police departments do all they can to improve their relationships with their local black population."

    No, Dr. Evans, it is the local black population, within which you find both the murderers and the murdered in outsize proportion, who should be doing all they can to improve their relationships with the police. Not the other way around.

    Always somebody else's responsibility, right Dr. E?

  11. 9:53 FTW!

    Evans still managed to put blame on the police even after he fully admits that his murderous blacks are the problem not the popo. It’s amazing how the dimwits will always find a way to blame everybody but themselves for their own problems. His article manages to jump from one century to the next, one city to the next by bringing problems that happened in other cities and mixing kc in the equation when kc had only a tiny fraction of the problems that other parts of the country did.

    Why has it taken so many decades to finally admit the blacks are their own worst enemy?

    It’s about time.

  12. Violent crime went down as federal law was enforced. Dems don't do this as it enables their constituents to create chaos so Dems can pass more laws they won't enforce. federal court data proves this out.

  13. urgent need to improve police relations with the black people of America

    so it is not urgent that i stop flipping them off. good.

  14. they can just keep tailing me around after watching me make a complete stop at every stop sign.

  15. can i get a copy of the dash cam video of the cop in lee summit manically rummaging through my backpack like he is going to find something while i try to chat with his fckn boring coworker?

  16. 'i ask you what your doing sitting by the road in the dark and you say your listening to crickets!' rummage rummage rummage.

  17. well sitting by the side of the road in the pitch dark with you while you checked my ID made me uncomfortable, unlike the crickets, is why i drove off to QT to give you the opportunity to manically rummage through my backpack in your headlights like you would find sommething.

  18. 'stay away from me are you going to poke me with a needle!'

  19. just a coincidence that my father had just told me he had drove off during a traffic stop to check to see if there actually was a stop sign he was accused of driving through, returned, and the cop gave him another ticket for driving though it again with out stopping.

  20. and he showed up in court to try to contest both with no success.

  21. i suggested, again, that he get one of those veteran license plates.

  22. Very surprising, a rise in black based crimes and murder. Unlike any other year. You have to be kidding ?

  23. 8:37 in the fuck tard section. Exactly what would a ban included ? First grade was a bitch. However, you have proved that you can constantly call names to others that you disagree with and show your ignorance to basic concepts.

  24. ^Boomer, let me explain how things work here. You seem confused again. posting at 3:51Am to someone who posted at 8:37 is idiotic. You missed it the first time pops. Everybody's moved on. Find something fresh to cry about. I'm sure you can. OK Boomer?

  25. Biden's 2 Aneurysms3/25/21, 11:43 AM

    8:22- by your own logic you played yourself by replying to a comment a few hours prior.

    I've seen liberals do this before, "why do you care about illegally sending thousands of rifles and grenades to narcoterrorists in another country without that country's knowledge or consent? It happened a few years ago. Get over it."

    But then you melt down and cry over slavery that was ended long before you were even born.

    But you don't melt down over the concentration camps progressives created for minorities in both World War 1 and 2. You don't care that FDR sent his top men to learn from and work with Mussolini.

    You are not having a conversation. You're injecting bullshit to cover up the smell of your previous bullshit. It doesn't work this way.


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