Recent behind the scenes power plays have offered us a new perspective on the tactics used by the administration of Mayor Quinton Lucas.
First let's start with a documented example . . .
The newspaper and Mayor Q's supporters claimed that new police commish Dawn Cramer was the "swing vote" necessary to oust Chief Smith.
That was a lie.
She later clarified her position, in print, and to anyone who would listen . . .
“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.”
However, that's not the whole story . . .
How did this confusion about Ms. Cramer's vote come about?!?!
Here's a hint . . .
KANSAS CITY INSIDERS ASK: DID MAYOR Q TRICK BISHOP TOLBERT INTO GOING ALONG WITH HIS 'PALACE COUP' SCHEME?!?
The Kansas City Star claims that a
scrap of paper they found in the trash memo proves their thesis that the Bishop & President of the Police Board of Commissioners advocated for removal of the Chief along with Mayor Q.
Behind the scenes, we know different and it's not hard to imagine how a kindly, aging man of faith wouldn't refuse any meeting with the Mayor and might even (mistakenly) trust the highest ranking elected official in Kansas City.
And, to be fair, pressure on Bishop Tolbert from his community to move against the Chief has been documented as well.
However . . .
IF POLICE COMMISH TOLBERT OPPOSES THE CHIEF, THEN WHY DID HE SIGN ON TO THE LETTER BACKING HIM AND SPEAK OF 'GOOD STANDING' FOR THE TOP COP?!?!
“The board never had a vote to terminate Chief Smith,” Tolbert said. “The chief has long planned to retire after five years as chief, culminating his 35 years of loyal service to the department.”
Tolbert said Smith will stay on through the city’s current budget process, which typically finishes at the end of March.
“The chief remains in good standing with the Board of Police Commissioners,” Tolbert said.
Sorry, but that doesn't sound like opposition at all.
Even so, a pathetic "hot mic" distraction from The Kansas City Star and racial avarice promulgated by Mayor Q in an attempt to to rewrite the narrative has, tragically, proven effective.
Reality: There still many desperate dimwits and professional liars out there who think the KCPD Chief was "forced out" by the power & glory of a dead-tree front page story that mostly sat unread on a dirty convenience store floor.
Never mind that "forced out" rarely means that a person leaves their job MONTHS later and at a time of their own choosing.
However . . .
The people who watch politics closely know happened and they aren't afraid to ask questions about what could be one of the duplicitous moves we've ever seen from Mayor Q.
Developing . . .