Of course we're hopeful that locals will turn away from violence and display a modicum of respect for life.
However, here's something to consider . . .
The very same factors which sparked the worse violence in KCMO history are emerging yet again.
Here's a quick run-down . . .
The Mayor, Police & The Jackson County Prosecutor remain at odds and mired in a political battle.
Election season gives Mayor less room to maneuver politically and locks him into unproductive culture war politics supported by his base.
A budget battle will worsen the divide betwixt some aspect of the community and law enforcement as municipal rhetoric targeting law enforcement will undoubtedly ramp up.
And finally . . .
COVID seems to be worsening with the prospect for more financial hardship in the future for locals.
These factors sparked a horrific homicide record in 2020 and threaten to repeat this year.
So far, few local leaders have addressed their impact or even noted the reemerging trends.
Developing . . .