A Kansas City debate over the police budget exemplifies the power of words in shaping public perception. And, as always, we understand that perception is reality.
To wit . . .
KANSAS CITY MAYOR, COUNCIL ALLIES & PROGRESSIVES ARE DESPERATE TO STOP CRITICS FROM USING THE TERM 'DEFUND' TO DESCRIBE THIS WEEK'S 40 MILLION DOLLAR CASH GRAB!!!
For the plebs to call this effort "defunding" is akin to hate speech and raises suspicions about participation in the capital insurrection.
Meanwhile . . .
MAYOR Q'S DEFUND THE POLICE PLAN NEGLECTS DEETS ON HOW CITY HALL WILL MANAGE THE 40 MILLION DOLLAR STEAL!!!
Right now the police board has a great deal of financial oversight but moving the money inside city hall is akin to making it disappear.
It gets worse . . .
Whilst chatter about funding a new police recruiting class is nice, there's also the sketchy proposition that this so-called local control effort will help curb murders.
How will that happen exactly? What does the science and data tell us about the impact of municipal allocations on murder rates?
Here's the theory as best as we can tell . . .
Giving MILLIONS to urban core activists will stop the killing in Kansas City.
That strategy has NEVER worked but that's no reason not to try it again.
Even better . . .
Local inner city activists awash in cash will likely become more "enthusiastic" to support the political agenda of elected officials who appropriate the taxpayer largess.
In much the same way that KC moms with sons who were shot dead in barbaric urban street fights blame rural Missouri Republicans for their troubles . . . This new wave of cash would likely garner even more grassroots support for gun control, medicaid, more youth pizza parties and heck . . . Maybe even immigration reform.
Meanwhile, so many activists already on the city hall payroll haven't really had much impact on the rising quotient of KCMO killing.
Accordingly, we offer another slate of news links on the topic that will likely spark a court battle and more Missouri legislation in a special session to limit KCMO government antics that have more to to with money, power and publicity than concern for locals impacted by deadly violence.
Check-it . . .
Kansas City grassroots anti-crime group, AdHoc, is pleased with the city's plan to take over $42 million out of the police budget and move it to crime prevention, community engagement and outreach."I am hoping that those dollars are opened up for community organizations to be able to provide those preventatives services," said Damon Daniel, president of AdHoc.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Gwen Grant, president of the Urban League of Kansas City, is pleased with Thursday's announcement of proposed changes to the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department budget by Mayor Quinton Lucas.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) - The debate rages on over the Kansas City city council's decision Thursday to take $42 million dollars out of the general police budget and put it into a city-managed police fund for community services and crime prevention. In some ways, it comes down to getting a sliver of what's known as "local control."
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - As funding for the Kansas City Police Department makes national headlines, one expert says local oversight of the department is essential if the community wants to see significant change. Thaddeus Johnson is an assistant professor of criminal justice and criminology at Georgia State University.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas Citians are still digesting the news of KCPD's budget changes as the city redirects nearly $43 million into separate fund. Many in the Northland who 41 Action News spoke with are not in favor of this plan. Karen and Tom Swope have called the Northland home for more than 50 years.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Defund or reallocate? Kansas City's city manager and a police board member are speaking out Friday. One day after the mayor and city council fast-tracked a funding shift for the Kansas City Police Department, there have already been new developments.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City, Missouri, City Council voted to move just over $42 million from KCPD's budget into a Community Services and Prevention fund. Mayor Quinton Lucas and other city leaders said what the city is doing to address violence right now is not working.
Developing . . .