Here's today's (latest) reason not to trust anybody . . .
Police supporters and critics alike often forget that Mayor Q had the enthusiastic endorsement of law enforcement in his run for the Mayor's office.
TKC real talk because they'll never admit a mistake: Police leaders were WRONG about endorsing Mayor Q and the not-so-long ago move merely provides more evidence that their political judgement is suspect. The po-po union can claim persecution until their blue in the face but the cruel reality is that THEY ASKED FOR IT.
Fact is the police union and supporters aren't very politically savvy and they're locked into a myopic worldview that they learned from watching too much cable news. Moreover, culture war red state blather has held back urban law enforcement from achieving better community relations . . . Only now do we notice a few signs of hope that the next election cycle won't elicit the same mistakes from po-po politicos.
Similarly . . .
Mayor Q has wasted all of his political capital with police and throwing a few coins their way might not help get it back.
Here's a peek at his recent efforts that aren’t quite surprising but follow conventional logic . . . . . .
“To actually retain and attract officers, I’ll introduce two resolutions to the Police Board,” Lucas said. “The first provides raises for rank-and-file officers that were withheld by the board this year. The second provides an incentive for those residing in historically disadvantaged areas.”
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As the legal battle over funding for the Kansas City Police Department continues, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas said he plans to introduce two new resolutions to help with recruitment and higher salaries for officers.