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On February 13th, host Margot Patterson is bringing another special show. Her topic is race and policing.  A report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics on interactions between police and the public found that Black residents were more likely to be stopped by police than white or Hispanic residents, that Black and Hispanic residents were more likely to have multiple contacts with police than white residents, and that when police initiated an interaction, they were twice as likely to threaten or use force against Black and Hispanic residents than against white residents. According to a report from the Sentencing Project, Black Americans comprised 27% of all individuals arrested in America in 2016, about twice their proportion of the total population. Further, Black youth made up 35% of juvenile arrests in 2016, despite only accounting for 15% of the total youth population in the U.S.

Main drivers of these disparities include disproportionate levels of police contact with Black Americans, residential segregation and concentrated urban poverty, continuing Broken Windows Policies in many cities, and revenue-driven policing.

Margot’s first guest is Professor Rashawn Ray, a sociologist at the University of Maryland who studies race and policing. In the second segment, Steve Young and Winifred Jamison of KC LEAP will be her guests. Kansas City Law Enforcement Accountability Project (KCLEAP) is a community-based investigating and victim advocacy agency focused on local police violence, law enforcement accountability and victim/family support. Since 2021, KCLEAP has investigated multiple shootings and non-lethal use of force cases, and worked to support those victims and their families in multiple capacities.


Tune in for discussion of the conflict and reform.

This show will begin at 9:15 AM.  Our calendar for this week will only be available on our Facebook page or on KKFI website at

Calendar for the week of February 13th:

  • Legal Aid of Western Missouri provides free civil legal services to low-income and vulnerable people in Jackson CTY Missouri. Interested individuals can call 816-474-6750 to apply.
  • Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a very active group of Mothers and others. You can learn where their virtual meetings this week will occur at
  • MON, Feb. 13th, 6 PM, is the MORE2 monthly Issues2Action meeting. Every second Monday of the month, leaders and members from across the metro gather online to advance racial and economic equity. These meetings are open to any who are interested in getting involved. Usually there are some general updates and announcements, then teams will break out by issue focus to plan their next steps of action. The zoom link is available at
  • THURS, Feb. 16th, 5 PM, Hope & Healing for Survivors of Homicide is a monthly support group sponsored by KC Mothers in Charge. Robert J. Mohart Multipurpose Event Center, 3200 Wayne AVE, Kansas City MO.  RSVP by phone or email (816)912-2601 or [email protected]
  • THURS, Feb. 16th, 6 PM. Anyone can be a member of MORE2. That’s right, MORE2 is relaunching their individual members’ caucus! Whether you’re a current individual member, or interested in becoming one, MORE2 hopes you’ll join as they work together to advance racial and economic equity! More info at
  • FRI, Feb. 17th, 11 AM, Empower Missouri’s Community Justice Coalition meets virtually. The Community Justice Coalition (CJC), is a multi-sector team of dedicated advocates who envision a future without mass incarceration. Through deep policy research, field work and legislative advocacy, battle the harms of mass incarceration in our communities. You can sign up for the Community Justice Coalition to receive email updates.
  • A list of services, meals, and hot lines specific to sheltering are available at It is updated daily.

Stay safe.  Thanks to all our listeners, stay close to your dial and stay well!   A crisis on the scale of the pandemic can reorder society in dramatic ways, for better or worse.  All of society pays a heavy price for decades of failing to create a rational system of health care that works for all of us.

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