New Kansas City Police Board Honcho Inspires Obligatory Faith Community Outrage

Apropos for Holy Week . . . Local men of the cloth file their fundamental complaints about another embattled institution . . . Check-it . . . 

Faith leaders and civil rights activists have frequently criticized the police board for how it handled former Police Chief Rick Smith, who they said protected officers accused of killing Black men and using excessive force against minorities.

They said Parson ignored their demands to replace Wagner with someone from Kansas City’s East Side or someone who would hold fellow commissioners and the department accountable.

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Parson fills open seat on Kansas City police board, but some are critical of the pick

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has appointed a corporate executive to fill an open seat on the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners. Thomas Whittaker, executive vice president and chief legal officer for J.E. Dunn Construction, will replace Don Wagner, who stepped down from the police board at the end of 2022.