Racially charged political rhetoric persists among a cadre of activists who seem more successful at generating low rent new stories than impacting policy. 

Reality Check: These "listening sessions" with naive hopes to weigh in on the new top cop are RIGGED and only serve as a platform for activists seeking to launch mostly futile political complaints. 

The whole thing is basically an argument for "local control" of police . . . Which would REALLY mean "council" control that would doom this cowtown to a fate worse than Detroit or STL.  

Here's a more optimistic view . . .

Organizations outspoken against now-former Chief Rick Smith don't know what will change with a new chief.

"I've talked to one potential candidate," said Doug Shafer, of More2, "who basically thinks 'Look, nobody who believes in local control will have a shot at the police chief job.' I sure hope that's not true."

"I wish the new chief the best," Shafer said.

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