Just as our blog community predicted . . . Community "outrage" over a hot mic quote quickly elicited more demands for the removal of the top cop.
However . . .
The Police Board wasn't taking calls from the media on the topic and the sordid mess quickly disappeared from local news broadcasts.
But not before the obligatory outrage and camera time . . .
Calls to fire Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith over comment that Black shooting victim was the 'bad guy'
Police commissioners were mum Wednesday after a video surfaced in which Smith could be heard saying the "bad guy's dead" following the fatal shooting of Cameron Lamb, a Black man killed by KCPD Detective Erik DeValkenaere, who was convicted last month of involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Members of the community, including a former police officer, are responding to audio that's raising questions about the deadly shooting of Cameron Lamb. A source has confirmed to KSHB 41 that the audio pertains to the moments after Cameron Lamb was shot and killed by a Kansas City, Missouri, police detective, who was recently convicted of involuntary manslaughter.
Here's a perspective that might offer some insight from council . . .
(Chief) Smith still has supporters. Councilwoman Teresa Loar said she fully supports him because he’s doing his job well.
Loar said the video of Smith calling Cameron Lamb the “bad guy” was just "cop talk."
“He’s a cop and that’s cop talk," Loar said. "I don’t think it was offensive at all. This is getting so petty. Don’t we have any news to report?”
Actually, we do . . .
Accordingly, here's our TKC collection of Kansas City news on recent police action, court cases and all manner of ALLEGED misdeeds . . .
shooting near 63rd and indiana SOURCE: KMBC Kansas City police are investigating a shooting Wednesday afternoon near Southeast High School.Police said a school resource officer assigned to the school heard shots being fired and saw a vehicle driving away.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Clay County Prosecutors charged a Kansas City, Missouri, man after a homicide and fire Saturday left one 33-year-old man dead at London Towers Apartments in Gladstone.
GLADSTONE, Mo. - A Kansas City, Missouri man has been charged in connection to an arson and murder at the London Towers Apartments in Gladstone over the weekend. Clay County prosecutors on Wednesday charged 23-year-old Noah T. Cole with first-degree murder, armed criminal action, first-degree arson and first-degree burglary.
LEAVENWOTH COUNTY, KS (KCTV) -- A Kansas City woman will spend almost five years behind bars for being involved with a murder plot. Renee C. Johnson-Fritz, 44, was sentenced today to 59 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections. She was convicted of solicitation to commit capital murder, which is is a severity level 3 person felony.
JACKSON COUNTY, MO (KCTV) -- An Overland Park man has been convicted of raping a patient while working as a nurse at an Independence hospital. According to the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office, Chukwuemeka U. Emmanuel was convicted of first-degree rape or attempted rape following a bench trial. Sentencing will take place on Jan.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A threatening message was found scrawled in a student bathroom Wednesday at Blue Springs South High School. A note sent to parents from Ryan Gettings, the school's principal, stated the school's administrative team and the Department of Public Safety "took the threat seriously and immediately began a thorough investigation."
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - With Cyber Monday under our belts, a surplus of packages will soon be delivered on doorsteps. A recent study shows people in Missouri and Kansas are more likely to have a package stolen than people in at least 30 other states. Thieves struck a Kansas City neighborhood.
Developing . . .