Let's start with a truism . . .
Martyrdom is overrated.
Our TKC hot take . . .
Prophets, pundits and scumbags of all sort constantly offer tribute for the immolated but, as far as we know, the panegyric outcry doesn't really pay off for the dead.
Accordingly . . .
Several Kansas City activists and leaders have employed vaguely threatening language in the event of not guilty verdict for Kansas City Police Det. Eric DeValkenaere who is on trial for the shooting death of Cameron Lamb.
Certainly the newspaper is doing their part to stoke longstanding racial divisions in Kansas City.
The threat of violence has been acknowledged on a local political chat show but so far we don't notice any real effort to quell community tension for a decision that could come on Monday or two weeks from now.
TKC Reality check amid the era of rising inflation and worsening pandemic scarcity . . .
Kansas City has bigger problems than avenging the death of some poor dude killed after a police chase.
However . . .
Just as activist/leaders are quick extol the virtues of martyrs, so many often seek to capitalize on the threat of violence from mobs they've incited.
The only alternative requires a tough choice for those of us in the urban core . . .< p>Support for law enforcement, courts and our democratic process which imperfectly works to hold wrongdoers accountable is the only viable option for those of us who want to avoid chaos. This choice, hopefully, isn't born out of fealty but from a mature understanding that mob rule is great for ratings and highlights the good intentions of violent protesters but merely offers a path to Hell and even more human misery.
Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com news links . . .
KANSAS CITY, MO -- Prosecutors and defense attorneys made their closing arguments Friday afternoon in the trial of a Kansas City police officer charged with involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action for the 2019 fatal shooting of Cameron Lamb. Judge J. Dale Youngs will decide if Eric DeValkenaere is guilty or innocent of the charges he faces.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It could be a week or more before a verdict is reached in the trial of Kansas City Police Det. Eric DeValkenaere who is on trial for the shooting death of Cameron Lamb. Judge J. Dale Youngs heard closing arguments Friday afternoon with the prosecution and defense presenting vastly different spins on the facts before the court.
A Jackson County judge said he would announce his verdict no earlier than next week in the involuntary manslaughter trial of a Kansas City police detective who fatally shot Cameron Lamb, a 26-year-old Black man, in December 2019. Judge J.
You decide . . .