A progressive resolution earned overwhelming support this week from Mayor Q and most of the council.
Now . . .
It's part of local legislative history.
Only council members Hall, Loar & Fowler stood up against it.
To wit . . .
MAYOR Q & MOST OF COUNCIL PASSED NEW PROGRESSIVE 'PRINCIPLES' FOR KANSAS CITY POLICE WHICH DOWNPLAY CATCHING CRIMINALS!!!
For those who haven't already, read the resolution text for a good laugh.
The opening line sums up the effort nicely . . .
"WHEREAS, the first goal of policing should be the prevention of crime and not catching criminals with the intent to punish citizens or suppress their rights; prioritizing low crime rates over high arrest rates; and"
And so . . .
FOR THE RECORD, IN A TOWN THAT JUST BROKE A HOMICIDE RECORD LAST YEAR, TELLING POLICE TO EASE UP ON CATCHING CRIMINALS IS NOTHING LESS THAN INSANITY!!!
This would be hilarious if most of our elected officials weren't so myopic and egomaniacal.
I could rant all day . . . And I've got my own debates with police, by no means is TKC a police "stan" -- This blog is on record disputing po-po on issues ranging from pointless weed prohibition to how some officers seem indignant about defending themselves after putting a shoe on pregnant minority women . . . When we all know that pregnant white women would never get that same rough treatment. Real talk, middle-class pregnant white ladies can take a cop's hat & gun if they feel like it . . . Life isn't fair, lattes aren't free.
Better than all that . . . Here's the word from an insider and witness to the decision . . .
"Things are getting nightmarish at city hall. The kind of divisiveness and outright hatred that's being encouraged is something that this city has never witnessed in its history. Worst of all, the politics are now completely devoid from reality. Think about it . . . With so many officers leaving the force and the feud over the defunding lawsuit . . . Do we really want to antagonize police right now? Isn't their job hard enough without the Mayor & Council member Melissa Robinson giving them marching orders?"
It's a good question and something that hasn't been answered by most of the denizens at 12th & Oak.
More to the point . . . Just a bit of real talk and perspective . . .
This resolution signals nothing less than Mayor Q & most of the council undertaking a political vendetta against the Kansas City Police Department. At the outset of a Summer wherein most American cities fear worsening violence, this is one of the most counterproductive strategies we've seen as leadership at 12th & Oak has never before been this hostile against law enforcement.
Developing . . .