Host David Bell Speaks with Tony Sanders, Use of Force Investigator with the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office

On Jaws of Justice, we investigate how to achieve justice in America.

The typical police officer carries on average of 30 pounds of gear each day.  From multiple magazines to tasers to handcuffs, police officers are equipped to defend themselves and others in life and death situations. But most interactions between officers and the members of the public do not involve life and death situations. In these cases, what gear do police officers have to ensure that people are “secure in their persons” as required by the Fourth Amendment?

According to Tony Sanders, a 32-year law enforcement veteran now working as a Use of Force Investigator with the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, police officers sometimes overlook the most powerful weapon in their arsenal: EMPATHY. Tony Sanders explains how emotional intelligence is vital to law enforcement’s duty to protect and serve.

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

Calendar for the week of July 26th:

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  • Legal Aid of Western Missouri can provide free civil legal services to low-income and vulnerable people who live in Jackson CTY MO. Interested individuals can call 816-474-6750 to apply.


  • Monday Meets: 4 PM, Online event. Hosted by The Willow Domestic Violence Center open to everyone on Facebook Live.


  • MON, July 26th, Noon, No More Excuses Coalition Meeting at the Mohart Center Auditorium, 3200 Wayne, 64109. No Excuses Coalition will meet every 1st & 4th Monday of each month.


  • MON, July 26th, 6 PM. Freeing Kevin Strickland and Fixing a Broken System: is an Online event. Heartland Alliance for Progress Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker and Lindsay Runnels, an attorney who specializes in exonerating the wrongfully accused, will describe how people who are known to be innocent are kept in prison due to procedural formalities, and how to bring justice for those who’ve been wrongly convicted and incarcerated.


  • TUES, July 27th, 6 PM, Critical Race Theory – What is it? Why has it become a rallying cry? Is an Online Event hosted by Mainstream Coalition. Open to anyone. Critical Race Theory (CRT) is making headlines across the country as candidates for local offices take positions regarding whether students should be exposed to this learning approach. As we head to the polls for school board and local elections this year, it is on each of us to have the facts and make informed decisions regarding how CRT is being used as a rallying call this election year. You’re invited to join our panel of experts for a conversation around why CRT is becoming such a controversial issue and what it means for public education. Limited spots still available. You can reserve your spot now.…/reg…/WN_GFdg2UC5S0OuMc_akKU_XQ


  • TUES, July 27th, 6 PM, Weaponizing Whiteness is an online event, open to anyone on or off Facebook. Event by Reale Justice Network **As a precursor to the Black August Social Justice Bootcamp being organized by the Reale Justice Organizers School, they are offering this workshop: There are numerous videos of white people interjecting themselves into the personal business of Black and Brown people on a daily basis. They are seen demanding identification and explanations for why a Black person is in the area. They go on trying to make Black people “prove” their right to be in a particular place. We also see white people accusing Black people of crimes and calling the police on innocent Black people who will not comply with their demands. We also see the exaggerated calls to police and how white people quickly go from a stance of authority to a person who is in fear or scared because Black people are reading, sitting in a car, walking down the street, having coffee, delivering a package, going swimming, renting an AIRBNB, having fun, talking, walking, shopping, living or just breathing. It literally takes nothing for a white person to deploy “whiteness” to harm Black and Brown people.This workshop will outline the ways in which “whiteness” is used to cause harm, control, be-little, demean and abuse Black Indigenous and other marginalized communities.It is highly important that Allies show up and Show up RIGHT in these spaces oftentimes led by Black and Queer individuals and groups.

Outcome Goals:

White and non-black poc participants will be equipped with both an embodied and conceptual understanding of the following…

Explore what Whiteness is and how we weaponize whiteness

Explore what embodiment is

Practice identifying trauma responses (victimization) in the body and becoming present with them in real time

Learn how to identify opportunities and strategies for becoming the change they wish to see in the world


  • FRI, July 30th, is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. This is a day to raise awareness of human trafficking and the fight to end it. The theme for 2021 is “Victims’ Voices Lead the Way”, highlighting the importance of listening to and learning from survivors.


  • A list of services, meals, and hot lines are available at  The list is updated daily.

Please take care of yourselves and others. The Covid-19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus the need for health care reforms that promote universal access to affordable care.  COVID-19 has devastated the U.S. prison and jail population.


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