Host David Bell speaks with KCMO Police Chief Rick Smith

Host David Bell speaks with KCPD Chief Rick Smith. Richard C. Smith was sworn in as the 45th Chief of Police of the Kansas City Missouri Police Department on August 15, 2017.  He joined KCPD as an officer in 1988. As he worked his way up the ranks, he has had assignments in three different patrol divisions, the Robbery and Homicide Units, Tactical Response Teams, Planning and Research Division and Kansas City No Violence Alliance. Most recently he had been assigned as commander of the East and Central Patrol Divisions.

Originally from St. Paul, Minn., Chief Smith has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Park University and a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Central Missouri. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

David Bell and Chief Smith will discuss the actions of the KCPD in response to that Sunday in May 2020 when hundreds of BLM protesters gathered near the Country Club Plaza. They will discuss changes in police oversight.  They will discuss policing  in the 21st century.  We hope you will listen.

“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”

 Calendar of Events 9-21-20

Today is International Day of Peace,  2020 Theme: Shaping Peace Together.

In compliance with the latest version of Mayor Lucas’s emergency order, certain business activities may resume while ensuring necessary public health measures remain in place.  See the FAQS at

  • The Kansas City Chapter of Missouri Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants will have their monthly meeting Monday, Sept. 21st 6:30 PM.   MO CURE advocates for the human rights of prisoners in Missouri prisons and jails as well as those who have returned to society, by lobbying state and local government,  direct contact with corrections officials and a quarterly newsletter sent to supporters and prisoners.  See them on Facebook.
  • MON, 9/21 6:30 – 8:00 PM More² Kansas Issues2Action Meeting online via zoom – You can join this meeting where we plan our actions on issues related to racial and economic equity in our region. Register in advance, more info on the calendar at


  • Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty will be holding statewide execution watches and vigils on TUES, Sept. 22nd and WED Sept. 24th, 2:30 PM at Federal Courthouse, 400 E 9th St, Kansas City, MO. Masks and social distancing are required for MADP in-person events. For more information please visit
  • Online event. Moms Demand Action as follows:

-MON, Sept. 21st,  KCMO: 7 PM

-THURS, Sept. 24th,  7 PM Blue Springs

Go to RSVP for link info.


  • THURS Sept 24th, 6 PM, The Changing Landscape of U.S. Immigration Law & Policy, an online event hosted by American Public Square at Jewell. See on Facebook.
  • THURS, Sept. 24th , 6 – 8 PM, Understanding Missouri’s School to Prison Pipeline. A zoom event, more info at ACLUMO on Facebook.
  • SAT, Sept. 26th, 11 AM -2 PM Picnic in the Park with KC United Front. Southwest Trafficway and Westport Rd (grass triangle across from Sarpinos).  See on Facebook
  • A list of services, meals, and hot lines are available at  It is updated daily.

Please take care of yourselves and others. Thanks to all our listeners, stay close to your dial and stay well!  The Covid-19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus the need for health care reforms that promote universal access to affordable care.

Please listen to Jaws of Justice next week!

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