For the past few weeks, the newspaper and local media have been dutifully reporting outcry and demands from local "leaders" regarding the selection of the new top cop.
Accordingly . . .
Increasing demands from community leaders have finally sparked concern at 12th & Oak.
More to the point . . .
INSIDERS FEAR MSM CONSPIRING WITH SELF-APPOINTED "LEADERS" TO DOMINATE THE DISCUSSION OF THE NEXT KCPD CHIEF!!!
Here's the word . . .
"We all should be concerned about a small handful of people granted undue influence over this critical conversation . . .
"Every resident of KCMO has a stake in this decision and so far what we've seen is the loudest voices dictate the terms of this discussion with very little regard for the many diverse communities in Kansas City.
"Of course we should hear from African-American leaders but what about Latinos, other immigrant populations, The Northland, the south side and Midtowners . . . So far what I've seen is that most locals are being excluded from this dialogue in favor of strident ultimatums from activists and protesters who don't represent very many people in Kansas City at all."
Today the newspaper shares notes from a Zoom call that hosted a little more than a dozen people including Mayor Q . . .
Gwen Grant was direct in what she wants to see play out during the process of hiring a new Kansas City police chief: community input. At an online discussion hosted Saturday by the Urban League of Greater Kansas City, Grant presented examples of how othercities from across the country - Grand Rapids, Mich., Chattanooga, Tenn., Burlington, Vt.
Meanwhile, it's important to remember that the final decision rests with the Police Board of Commissioners. And so far we haven't seen any news about public forums or resident input . . . As COVID regulations persist, there's a very real chance that appointed leaders won't seek much guidance from the public at all and might, in fact, confirm activist outcry regarding the dearth of community input.
Developing . . .