Will Newspaper Pull Off Palace Coup Against Kansas City Police Chief?!?

This week the Kansas City Star published one of the most deceptive and misleading reports in its history.

After overwhelming push back the newspaper backed off their contention that advocates "had the votes" to "force out" the KCPD Chief . . . In fact, they didn't even dare to print the missive in today's issue. 

For those trying to keep up . . .

The Kansas City Star published an anonymous rumor of a swing vote that would help terminate the Chief. 

And right now . . .

After the dust settled our most kick-ass readers note that the newspaper tacitly admitted the error with this passage buried under a meaningless headline . . .

“Reports regarding an anonymous source indicating my vote to terminate the Chief are untrue,” Northland Police Board Dawn Cramer wrote. “He has announced his intentions to retire in 2022. I am very appreciative of his service to the city and he has earned it. I never stated my support to terminate his contract and he has my full support until he retires.”

Translation . . .


There have been demands for the Chief to go since the start of his tenure. They've all been unsuccessful. Again, we honestly didn't think he'd make it out of 2020 protests with his career intact.

However, this latest move against the KCPD Chief is even more insidious because it has corrupted the so-called Kansas City paper-of-record.

As far as tactics go . . . Let's define terms . . .

"A palace coup is a coup in which one faction within the ruling group displaces another faction within a ruling group. Palace coups are one of two major threats to dictators, the other being popular protests."

And so, in this environment and going forward it'll be hard to trust anything coming from the newspaper and IF the activists don't get an early retirement out of the Chief in the next police board meeting, then they will have diminished their credibility as well.

Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com news links . . .

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You decide . . .