Lost in politically charged discussions of "accountability" and social justice is the street level impact of a Kansas City policy debate.
To wit . . .
KANSAS CITY INSIDERS: MAYOR Q'S ATTACKS HAVE DEMORALIZED POLICE!!!
This isn't just conjecture or insider chatter, we've seen evidence of police frustration aired in public.
In a recent story regarding staffing and police attrition rates, this quote from a local union honcho seems almost desperate . . .
“It’s just too much,” said Brad Lemon, president of the FOP. “I mean it has just got to the point where it’s just too much.”
That doesn't sound like a leader with a great deal of confidence in city hall support.
Accordingly, this word was recently sent our way . . .
"There's only one way to put this: Mayor Lucas is being a bully. He's bad mouthing and condemning police at every turn. A few complimentary social media posts he offers don't really make up for an all out war against police by his administration. Take a look at the responses he gets to those posts, very few people are buying his double talk.
"Instead, we're seeing more officers leave the department and a great deal of frustration behind the scenes.
"In the long term there's a danger that we'll see the result of these attacks against police in longer response times and fewer qualified candidates for new police positions. It's a thankless job and the current mayor has worsened public animosity toward law enforcement."
Still . . .
The fight over 12th & Oak funding is just getting started and it's clear there will be more harsh words exchanged betwixt KCPD supporters and "defund the police" advocates.
Developing . . .