Kansas City 'Local Control' Lawsuit: Nuisance or Social Justice?!?

From our perspective . . . There's one major flaw with a recent complaint aimed at governance over Kansas City law enforcement . . . The legal power move gets local history wrong and doesn't tell the whole story. 


During the not-so-long-ago days of Boss Tom . . . Gangsters took over local political institutions and sparked a wave of murderous violence and graft that was slightly worse than the current epoch. 

As this news quote notes . . . This is the 2nd effort for an argument against "local control" and we ask our blog community of amateur barristers to weigh in . . .

In the meantime, check the argument and followup reporting to a story we posted at the start of the week:

"The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in the Western District of Missouri, says the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners’ governance of the department is simply 'an effort to keep slavery legal and Black people in chains.'

"Kansas City is the only U.S. city that doesn’t have jurisdiction of its police force, a vestige of the Civil War when the Confederacy wanted to control St. Louis and Kansas City and their weapons stockpiles. Of the seats on the five-member board, four are appointed by the governor and the fifth slot is always held by the mayor.

"This is the second lawsuit questioning the constitutionality of the state’s control of KCPD. Gwen Grant, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Kansas City, filed suit in 2021, alleging taxation without representation."

Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com links . . .

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