For the first time in modern Kansas City history, the top elected leader at 12th & Oak has engaged in a political war with local law enforcement.
More importantly, what incites our bloggy
temper tantrums annoyance more than anything is the Mayor's hypocritical and, dare we note, cowardly insistence that he's not in a fight with the cops.
Fact check . . .
KANSAS CITY MAYOR QUINTON LUCAS IS NOW THE GREATEST ENEMY LOCAL POLICE HAVE CONFRONTED SINCE PENDERGAST!!!Here's our top five list which includes FACTS, EVIDENCE & DOCUMENTATION in order to prove our thesis . . .
This is the least of all his offenses. Everyone is allowed to express their opinion but standing arm in arm with protesters at a riot scene that caused MILLIONS worth of damage sent a clear message to the entire metro. Meanwhile, cops endured dozens of injuries and an officer was sent to the hospital with a lacerated liver.
Again, this policy decision has been under discussion for quite some time. The current KCPD Chief rejects the idea and, ultimately, council dude Eric Bunch and the mayor backed off their promise to put the decision before voters when it became clear that the local electorate objected to the drastic change based on the DISASTER that STL has confronted after they did as much. Most recently, gunshots during Mayor Q's press conference with the STL mayor inspires locals to question the wisdom of following their lead.
Last month, a Jackson County judge ruled the Kansas City Council’s changes to the police department’s funding violate state law. The Mayor was at the forefront of pushing this effort and promises to continue his crusade to target police funding and exercise more "local control" that would "reallocate" cash to a "community" fund that has yet reveal any deets to voters.
Here's a mean-spirited quote from the Mayor's office following THOUSANDS of Northland residents showing their support for KCPD this summer:
"While an out-of-state special interest group spent a beautiful night in the Northland peddling lies, dividing our community, and turning a profit on merchandise, Mayor Lucas himself spent his evening with a diverse group of folks on a neighborhood walking tour of Kansas City’s East Side to discuss with community leaders how we can best invest in our neighborhoods and mentor our young people . . ."
That's not exactly a unifying message and the social media chatter from the Mayor's Twitter bots was even more pointed.
Finally . . .
It recently occurred to us . . . The newspaper contends the Chief has been "forced out" but they aren't really highlighting WHO has exactly ousted the top cop . . .
It wasn't Bishop Tolbert. He seems to be along for the ride but it's doubtful that guy could put together a church picnic without a lot of help from very nice people in his congregation.
Let's be crystal clear . . .
AS A MEMBER OF THE POLICE BOARD MAYOR QUINTON LUCAS IS THE LEADER OF THE EFFORT TO FORCE OUT THE KCPD CHIEF!!!
Like it not, this is a political reality even if the Mayor won't say as much . . . Sadly, no other Kansas City journalist has really bothered to mention this fact OR call out the mayor's silence.
Of course . . .
The mayor has declined to discuss the matter with mainstream media citing the issue as a personnel matter.
However . . .
Voters deserve to know that Mayor Quinton Lucas is, in fact, the leading vote in this palace coup targeting the top cop.
So far the alleged "paper of record" in Kansas City has tap danced around this issue that's merely just a matter of documentation.
The concerns of community leaders, activists and clergy are referenced in argument against the Chief but those people aren't accountable to voters . . . The Mayor is . . . And he hasn't even bothered to discuss his reasoning, plan or decision to target the Chief with the people who elected him.
What's more troubling is that few of the objections against the Chief have garnered much support outside a small circle of activists.
More questions for consideration . . .
Beyond constant critics & activists, does the average Kansas City resident believe that police Chief deserve to be replaced???
On the topic of inclusion . . .
Has the biz community or any other neighborhood organization outside of the 3rd & 5th district argued for the Chief's removal?!?!
About the reasoning . . .
What exactly did the Chief do that merits being "forced out" via a sketchy story in the newspaper?!?!
Fact is . . .
There is no scandal and most of the discontent and legal wrangling over police issues have been directed against the Mayor.
And now . . .
A quick pause to remind readers that TKC stand as INDEPENDENT in this debate . . .
A great deal of this crisis is to blame on police political leadership . . .
It deserves mention that police leadership endorsed Quinton Lucas for Mayor and so-far they've never faced serious questions about the miscalculation and misjudgment.
Police union leaders and top ranking leadership are great at tough talk online and behind the scenes but doing the humbling grunt work of community outreach and building real life coalitions with diverse communities isn't their strong suit.
Moreover . . .
Reps for former Council lady Jolie Justus warned police that Mayor Q would stab them in the back but the cops just couldn't fathom getting behind an openly lesbian candidate . . . Lulz.
But I digress . . .
Here's the point of all this . . .
Mayor Quinton Lucas is, in fact, an adversary of Kansas City Police.
No sane person cold deny as much.
Only a liar would dare claim his constant complaints only target KCPD leadership and doesn't, at some level, impact the rank & file.
What's important now is to acknowledge clearly defined opposition amid crisis and figure out how we move forward as rising violence, worsening plague and an increasingly divisive political discourse confront Kansas City and the nation.
You decide . . .