Cashill Questions Mayor Q After Stowers Scientists Killed In Kansas City

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When Lucas first ran for mayor in 2019, he put fighting crime at the center of his campaign. Specifically, he promised to bring the annual homicide count down to below 100. As an African American, he convinced many voters he would have more moral authority to tackle the crime issue than the liberal female who ran against him.

The voters did not get their ballots’ worth.

Lucas was sworn in on Aug. 1, 2019. In that year, Kansas City suffered 148 homicides – up from 138 the year before. In 2020, the homicide rate shot up to a record 179 in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

The fact that Lucas took a knee with the protestors who were then tearing up the city did not have the calming effect the mayor likely intended – nor did his gesture reassure police that he had their back. As events would prove, he did not.

In 2021, the body count in Kansas City subsided a bit to 157, though still 19 more than the year Lucas took office. As usual, black Kansas Citians suffered most. In a city roughly one-third black, 78% of the murder victims were African American.

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COLUMN: Will murder of scientists force KC mayor to get real about crime?

As crime in the KC metro area continues to flourish, will the murder of two scientists change the mayor's view on crime and policing in the community? In the early morning hours of Oct. 1, firefighters were called to the scene of a blaze in the Midtown neighborhood of Kansas City.