Protesters Cite Conflict & Demand Removal Of Judge From Kansas City Police Trial

Advocacy and/or politics continues to surround a deadly shooting involving KCPD.

Background . . .

Let's not forget that some of the members of this group also called a police shooting an "execution" after the armed suspect wanted for another violent crime was killed in a struggle with police

Here are the basics stolen quoted from the newspaper . . .

Members of the organization Getting to the Heart of the Matter gathered on the steps of the Jackson County Courthouse calling for Judge J. Dale Youngs to be removed from presiding over the bench trial scheduled to begin Monday.

”It is often said that justice is blind, but we really need for Kansas City to see this,” said Darron Edwards, lead pastor of the United Believers Community Church. “You cannot have balanced scales if somebody has their hand on the scales. This trial, we believe cannot proceed like this.”

The group alleges there is a conflict of interest between Youngs and Dawn Parsons, one of the attorneys representing DeValkenaere. However, the alleged issue dealt with a separate criminal case that occurred in 2011 and is not related to DeValkenaere.

They also said they believe Youngs may show favor to DeValkenaere based on his past dealings with Parsons, who had previously served as an assistant Jackson County prosecutor.

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