This news comes from KICK-ASS TKC READERS and I'm not really sure how to handle it so we'll just report the facts as we understand them . . .
Last year a controversial KCPD officer was reported for a slew of alleged crimes that earned attention from throughout the department.
One year later the case has been seemingly resolved in Johnson County . . .
There was a plea agreement and a guilty finding for misdemeanor theft. Two charges for forgery were dismissed by the prosecutor.
The case history indicates 180 days of jail time recommended with an order for a suspended sentence.
TKC submitted questions to KCPD on the matter . . . Since it's a personnel issue, they declined any specific comment on this particular case.
However, it's worth noting KCPD policy indicating that members are sworn to obey laws and that mandate is covered in this "code of conduct" section:
9. Obey all municipal ordinances, state, and federal laws.
As of this writing a check about 48 hours ago indicated the officer in question is employed, on admin assignment, assigned to the Executive Services Bureau - That division of KCPD handles police budgeting, facilities, purchasing and building operations matters, among other things.
The history of the officer in question was suggested by other members of law enforcement who drew our attention to this old school report that's much better than anything TKC has ever written: "At Charlie Parker Square, one cop’s aggressive policing has some residents crying foul – and they’re calling in his past for backup"
Given the misdemeanor charges . . . We didn't really think it was a big deal to call anybody out for this story but there's no denying that it's a topic of conversation on the other side of the blue line.
Moreover . . .
As police confront record low employment numbers . . . This story has a place in a discussion of manpower and the difficulty in keeping as many police working as possible.
There's also an angle concerning equity and the legacy of citizen complaints.
Meanwhile . . .
What this story REALLY teaches us is that there are a great many "moving parts" to discussions about community policing behind the scenes.
We thank everyone with interest in this story and those like it given that OBJECTIVE conversations about KCMO policing are hard to find without delving into culture war, partisan, election season and protest pablum.
Developing . . .