The smackdown from the fastest growing part of Kansas City still stings the morning after.
Even worse . . .
Nothing was resolved and the rally across the bridge only served to remind us that Kansas City's leadership and the current political epoch has divided this cowtown along meaningless geographic lines.
Still, the tone was unanimous and neither the mayor's representatives nor his supporters were able to answer legitimate complaints about process, transparency and inclusion from the crowd. Instead, there was merely an unsuccessful attempt to sling culture war insults at the crowd in order to provoke something newsworthy or distracting. Thankfully, the ploy didn't work.
Accordingly, we share this roundup of links regarding a tragic moment in local history that will likely be settled in court given the inability of elected officials to reach a compromise.
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Four Kansas City council members representing the Northland hosted a packed town hall Thursday evening to talk about recent funding changes to the Kansas City Police Department.KMBC's Brian Johnson reported that the most frequent comment was that people did not like the process and many did not like the outcome.The meeting was in response to two ordinances passed last week by eight city council members and the mayor, which remove $42 million from the Kansas City Police Department's dedicated budget of about $240 million.
A rowdy crowd of 500 people packed into a Northland hall Thursday night, calling Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas' plan to reallocate the police budget a betrayal of residents and their support for law enforcement. While some prayed for the Kansas City Police Department on the street outside the town hall meeting, inside hundreds praised police.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- According to speakers at a town hall event in the Northland, the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners may file a lawsuit as soon as Friday to challenge controversial changes to the police budget. Dozens of community members spoke Thursday night at a packed town hall meeting that began at 6:30 p.m.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Fallout over the the sudden change to how Kansas City's police department is funded continued Wednesday. A group of Missouri lawmakers sent a letter to Governor Parson asking him to call a special session to deal with the issue.
The city's decision to deemphasize traditional police work amid a record-breaking violent-crime surge is likely to backfire. L ast week, Kansas City mayor Quinton Lucas proposed, and the City Council promptly passed, an overhaul of the city police department's budget, thereby igniting an acrimonious debate.
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