In 2012, St. Louis voters chose to eliminate the state review board appointed by the Missouri Governor to oversee their police department and moved control of the police directly to the city. The system used for Kansas City Police Department (KCPD) governance is a Missouri Governor-appointed Board of Police Commissioners, too. Kansas City is still subject to an appointed review board to control the police department. In the wake of the shootings of Ryan Stokes and Cameron Lamb, the state’s responsibility for accountability and oversight of the KCPD has been called into question.
On March 9th, host Elyse Max talks about the issue of local control of the police department with John Chasnoff. John leads the Coalition Against Police Crimes and Repression aka CAPCR (pronounce CAP-CAR), a St. Louis based organization which aims to end police crimes and abuse. In February 2020, Kansas City’s City Council adopted a resolution that formed a public safety committee appointed by the Mayor to look at the benefits and downfalls of local control of the KCPD. Jaws of Justice Radio Hour’s show will focus on the movement in KC, and lessons learned from the struggle in St. Louis, to gain local control of the police department.
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In the second half of our hour, host Margot Patterson speaks to Kristine Hamann, founder and executive director of the Prosecutors’ Center for Excellence (PCE). PCE was established in 2016 to improve the criminal justice system. The mission of Prosecutors’ Center for Excellence is to create a better justice system by identifying, evaluating and implementing best practices and innovations for modern prosecutors.
The Calendar for the week of March 9th:
- Corey’s Network will have their weekly meeting with a Survivors’ Workshop on Monday March 9th, from 6 – 8 PM at the Church of the 4 Corners – The City House, 14300 E. US HWY 40, Independence, MO. The church is east of the HyVee on 40 highway. Corey’s Network asks us to please join their weekly meetings to learn how to deal with grief, the media, investigation, court, and moving forward after a homicide has occurred. This is a workshop, not a grief group. Please include only those individuals mature enough in age to deal with issues being covered during the meeting. Check their website: coreysnetwork.org or phone 816-866-7868.
- Let’s Get Local Control of KCPD will be from 6 PM on Monday, March 9th at the Bluford Branch of the KCMO Public Library, 3050 Prospect Ave, KCMO. Did you know that Kansas City has the only police department in the entire country that is not under local control? This means Kansas City residents don’t have a say in the police annual budget which is about 270 million taxpayer dollars. Sponsored by KC Equity & Justice Coalition.
- MON 3/9 Your Fellow Americans Documentary & Discussion Series, 6:30 – 8 PM at the Central Public Library, 14 W. 10th, KCMO. During this series, we ponder the question, “Who are your fellow Americans?” and encourage discussion of the sensitive subjects of racism, prejudice and immigration in calm conversation.
- There will be a Phonebank for a Safe and Welcoming Wyandotte on Monday, March 9 from 5-8 PM at Grandview Park Presbyterian Church, 1613 Wilson Blvd., Kansas City, KS. Sponsored by MORE2.
- Crowning Glory-Understanding the Crown Act & Hair Discrimination will be Monday, March 9th from 1-2 PM at Purple Label Barbershop, 11934 W 119th St, Overland Park. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness of a law which ensures protection against discrimination based on hairstyles by extending statutory protection to hair texture and styles. Go to Eventbrite to register.
- Moms Demand Action – KS, Johnson County Monthly Meeting will be THURS, March 12, from 6:30 – 8 PM at the Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church, 9400 Pflumm Rd, Lenexa, go to everytown.org to RSVP
- Part Two Killed By Police: It Can Happen to You will be Thursday, March 12th, 6 PM at the Watkins Cultural Heritage Center, 3700 Blue Parkway, KCMO. You can learn more about police shootings in Kansas City, from national and local attorneys who represent victims of KCPD.
- Mothers of Incarcerated Sons and Daughters will have their monthly meeting Saturday, March 14th from noon to 2 PM at the Waldo Branch Library, 201 East 75th Street, KCMO If you have a loved one that is incarcerated and need advice and support MISD has members that may be able to help.
- Moms Demand Action – MO: Kansas City Meeting will be SUN, March 15th from 1:30 – 2:30 PM at 7077 N Elmwood Ave, KCMO. RSVP at everytown.org.