Lets start with a point of reference and an upcoming Kansas City exhibit . . .
"A groundbreaking exhibition brings together more than 700 original objects and 400 photographs from over 20 institutions and museums around the world. Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. is the most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the history of Auschwitz and its role in the Holocaust ever presented in North America, and an unparalleled opportunity to confront the singular face of human evil—one that arose not long ago and not far away."
We mention this historical frame of reference, testimony and tribute in order to compare it to a questionable KCMO legislative effort under consideration.
The newspaper coverage of this initiative was laughable to so it's important to engage in a more realistic conversation.
Accordingly . . .
The resolution penned by Council lady Robinson isn't just sloppy and shortsighted . . . It speaks to a troubling motive that seemingly wants to control the thoughts, perspectives and viewpoints of law enforcement. If the legislation wasn't so silly, it would be scary.
There's a chance this is just yet another council ploy for attention but the resolution deserves a look if only offer a glimpse at why council control of KCPD would ultimately lead to the destruction of KCMO.
Check-it . . .
Calling on the Board of Police Commissioners to immediately cease using images or videos depicting the murder of George Floyd and any fatality and further requesting that the Board and the Kansas City Police Department remove the same from any materials in its possession, utilized for training purposes or otherwise, in accordance with applicable law.
WHEREAS, videos showing the death of George Floyd and other fatalities have an enormous emotional impact on the way society see police actions; and
WHEREAS, in recognition of the trauma caused to the nation by the murder of George Floyd and the trauma to his family which is exacerbated by the video; and
WHEREAS, the Council recognizes the negative impact that these videos may have on African American officers and other minorities who are employed by the Kansas City Police Department; and
WHEREAS, the potential desensitization that these videos may cause is of great concern to the Council; and
WHEREAS, to reduce the potential that our police officers would identify themselves with the officers involved instead of the victims; and
WHEREAS, the use of such videos by the Kansas City Police Department exacerbates the perceptions by citizens of a disconnect between the Police Department and conditions some citizens encounter in every day interactions with police; NOW, THEREFORE,
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:
That the City Council calls on the Board of Police Commissioners to immediately cease using images or video depicting the murder of George Floyd and other fatalities and further requesting that the Board and the Kansas City Police Department remove the same from any materials in its possession, utilized for training purposes or otherwise, in accordance with applicable law.
Developing . . .