Countless hours of meetings, police community outreach and gestures of goodwill have been rebuked by Kansas City activist leaders today.
Here's the money line from a statement released just moments ago . . .
"We will not take part in performative politics. We are justice seekers, not order keepers. State-sanctioned violence via the KCPD, a publicly funded institution, is being inflicted upon our community with impunity. The KCPD, under the leadership of Chief Rick Smith remains a racist institution, both systemically and structurally. Smith’s leadership fosters a white supremacist culture that breeds violence, engages in archaic over-policing, and blatantly disregards the humanity of Black people. We will not back down and we will not be silent amid such."
The group is comprised of some militant factions along with more traditional and longtime activists . . .
"Black Rainbow, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Kansas City, National Black United Front - Kansas City, Operation Liberation, the Urban League of Greater Kansas City and Urban Summit of Kansas City released a copy of a letter they submitted to Mayor Quinton Lucas and Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney Jean Peters Baker."
There are many demands in their letter but this one stands out:
"Creating a transformative and strategic reparations plan for the families of those who have been killed by KCPD"
That's a bold step and a move that hasn't gained traction in the mainstream media or in many other Midwest urban areas.
Accordingly, just as TKC skeptic readers predicted . . . The "appeasement" overtures from local law enforcement haven't seemed to quell criticism and neither the mayor nor the KCPD chief have garnered cooperation from KCMO activist leaders.
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