Kansas City Crime Scene: Violence Spike Persists Despite Stimmy

In this post we focus on a bit of BIG PICTURE BAD NEWS which warns that the rate of local violence isn't declining any time soon.

And then . . . We notice more fed cash to help solve the problem.

And then . . . Of course we list some of the latest local misdeeds capped off with a bit of hope at community policing solutions.

Check-it . . .


Why cities can expect 2020's violent crime spike to last

In his 2016 book, " The Rise and Fall of Violent Crime in America," criminologist Barry Latzer quoted crime historian Eric Monkkonen, who suggested that crime trends would follow a cyclical pattern. Monkkonen noted that "[R]ising violence provokes a multitude of control efforts" but when "the murder rate ebbs, control efforts get relaxed, thus creating the multiple conditions causing the next upswing."

Anti-Crime Payout

Jackson County Awards $1.5 Million To Bolster Youth Employment And Domestic Violence Programs

Jackson County will award almost $1.5 million to local agencies to address domestic violence and youth employment. The Community Backed Anti-Drug Tax (COMBAT) program will distribute the money to 24 agencies. COMBAT provided two rounds of emergency funding last year, but this is the first time the program has provided mid-year funding, which will help offset budget shortfalls for agencies with critical needs.

Confronting Deadly Drama

Kansas City domestic-violence programs receive funds for 'life-saving services'

KANSAS CITY, MO. - Kansas City, Missouri, faith leaders went door-to-door spreading a message of peace Wednesday on the block where a man was shot and killed a day earlier. Their vision that Kansas City could go 21 days without gun violence began over the weekend.

Kansas City Tribute To Fallen

Family, friends gather to remember mother fatally shot in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Family and friends gathered Wednesday night to mourn the death of a mother. Her children's father is accused of shooting and killing her. Christopher Spears is charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action for her death. Andrea Latrice Ford Dean's children ran to a nearby home for help on Sunday.

Lady Shooter Suspect Sought

US Marshals join search for KCMO murder suspect

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The US Marshals have joined the Kansas City, Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the search for a woman accused of shooting and killing 23-year-old Jazmyn Henrion last August. KaShawn Roper, 45, was charged with second-degree murder, two counts of armed criminal action and one count of unlawful use of weapon.

Housing Advocate Outcry

KC Tenants Accuses HUD Of Scaling Back Investigation Into Millennia Companies

KC Tenants says the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is backpedaling on its commitment to an investigation into Millennia Companies. , HUD Sec. Marcia Fudge agreed to launch a full investigation into the Ohio-based corporation after pressure from the housing advocacy group KC Tenants.

Hope For The Future

New KCK police chief focuses on community relationships, recruitment

KANSAS CITY, KS. (KCTV5) - The new police chief in Kansas City, KS., is still settling into his new role. Chief Karl Oakman admittingly hasn't done much decorating in his first three days on the job. But those bare walls signify a new start for the 29-year KCPD veteran.

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