Civil Rights Organization in Kansas City Updates Call for Dismissal of Police Chief Rick Smith

A coalition of four activists and civil rights groups met on Friday Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith, The action that many have been looking for since June.

90 minutes online presentation by members Urban Summit, Leader He pointed out a historic increase in shootings in recent months, the number of unsolved murders, and a Kansas City police officer facing criminal accusations with excessive force.

They also pointed out Killing several black men According to the police.

“KCPD does not kill whites as it does blacks,” said Rev. Vernon, Rev. P. Howard. Southern Christian Guidance Conference in Greater Kansas City And the event organizer. “There are certain specific calls and obligations that blacks have to deal with this issue.”

Kansas City Police spokesman, Sgt. Jacob Beckina said the chief has no plans to resign.

Police authorities have many departments Reforms and policy changes The past year in response to public demand. They saw all uniformed police officers issuing body cameras, having external law enforcement agencies investigate police shootings, and another police officer using excessive force. It contained a directive requiring police to intervene in some cases.

in addition Kansas City Police Commission Approved a policy prohibiting officers from using less lethal weapons “to disperse the crowd in the event of an illegal rally.”

But Howard said these efforts were inadequate and Smith’s dismissal as police chief was the only viable option.

“We have been dismissed and dismissed to force and strengthen the systematic and structural racism that exists within the KCPD that Prime Minister Rick Smith manifests in the city’s murder and undue force of blacks and browns. We continue our demand to be done, “Howard later said. session.

“He is also working to resist accountability. He protects the villains rather than making them accountable. That’s the problem. His performance over the last few years has been. It was horrible, “Howard said.

Mayor Quinton Lucas attended the session on Friday.

“There are some long-term concerns and issues about how to guard the city, as everyone feels respected, everyone feels they are important, and knows. They and their families can be safe, “Lucas said after the meeting.

At some point in the session, according to Howard, participants “call for a vote, call for a vote” in Lucas, chanting to let the police committee decide whether to keep or end Smith.

“We call for a vote, whether it succeeds or not, because that’s the right thing to do,” Howard said.

Lucas, one of the five members of the Police Commission, said he would not discuss personnel issues publicly, but more needs to be done to improve the relationship between police and the community. I admitted that there was.

“There is a board with a mayor who has 20% control,” he said. “I want to make sure I talked to other people, not just a show.”

Gwen Grant, President and Chief Executive Officer Greater Kansas City Urban LeaguePresented a slideshow showing some discussions about Smith’s resignation or dismissal.

Grant pointed out that when Smith was appointed chief, he set three main goals: having officers for success, reducing crime, and building trust in the community.

Grant said Smith was unable to carry out each of these initiatives.She said: 5 Kansas City Police Officers In the last 10 months, he has been charged with four cases alleging violent crimes against blacks.

“He put them back to work and put them on the street, and they are the culprit repeatedly,” Grant said after the session.

In particular, Grant mentioned Officer Brain Newton He shot and killed Donnie Sanders, a man in Kansas City, after traffic stopped in March last year.

Sanders is not armed, but prosecutors said there was not enough evidence to prosecute Newton.

Police last summer Deployed chemical weapons and projectiles Against protesters during demonstrations at Country Club Plaza after the murder George Floyd Grant said by a Minneapolis police officer.

In addition, the city’s homicide rate has increased over the past two years. Mr Smith has not yet developed an effective plan to reduce violence, Grant said.

In 2020, Grant said police reported 612 non-fatal shootings. She said that only 18% of those shootings were cleared.

The group accused Smith of refraining from stating the probable cause only if police were involved in a fatal or excessive force case, including alleged assault. Brianna Hill By an officer captured in the video.

“All three ratings: failure, failure, failure,” Grant said. “And obstruction of justice does not build effective community relationships. We are not withdrawing, we are not playing.”

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