For our show on December 6, 2021, we are going to replay our show from April, 2020, when host Pat Bartholome spoke with Sheryl Ferguson.  On December 3, 2019, Kansas City police shot and killed 26-year-old Cameron Lamb, a black male, in his own backyard.

Sheryl Ferguson will talk about Cameron Lamb. He was a friend to her family, loved by his family and a loving father to his children. Sheryl Ferguson knew Cameron Lamb and his family for years.

Sheryl Ferguson is also familiar with the police department, having been given a police certificate of appreciation in 2016 for her work in the community. She used her public comment time during the January, 2020 police commission meeting to the full.   Her message was that nationwide, police killed 1,099 people in 2019. Of those, 24% were black, a number disproportionate to the total numbers of black people in our country. In 2019, there were two such deaths by Kansas City police officers and one by a Clay County Sheriff’s deputy.

There was a lack of answers about what happened the night Cameron Lamb was shot and killed by three plainclothes police officers in Kansas City. Family learned of Lamb’s death through social media and television reports. And they were frustrated with a lack of answers about what happened that day.

At the time of Pat’s interview with Sheryl Ferguson, that is all that was known.  On November 19, 2021, KCMO Police Detective Eric DeValkenaere was convicted in the 2019 shooting death of Cameron Lamb, and he is scheduled to be sentenced on March 4, 2022.

The Jackson County Judge found guilt on two counts of involuntary manslaughter because

  • the police were the initial aggressors,
  • the police were not acting in self defense,
  • the police had no warrant, no permission to be on the private property and they were not making an arrest.

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Calendar for the week of December 6th:

If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, you can find a vaccine. See the FAQS at https://www.kcmo.gov

  • Legal Aid of Western Missouri can provide free legal assistance to low-income and vulnerable Jackson County homeowners who fall behind on their payments and face foreclosure. Interested individuals can call 816-474-6750 to apply.
  • You can find Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense events at https://momsdemandaction.org/events/. Open to all, Mothers and others!
  • MON, Dec. 6th, noon, No More Excuses Coalition Meeting at the Mohart Center Auditorium, 3200 Wayne, KCMO.
  • MON, Dec. 6th, 3 PM, Online event. Monday Meets, get to know the Willow Domestic Violence Center. Facebook Live
  • MON, Dec. 6th, 6:45 PM KCCJTF has been meeting via conference call if you would like to join in, you can call 605-313-5573 and when asked for code then enter 454777
  • TUES, Dec. 7th, Noon, the Kansas Appleseed Thriving Campaign team will give a run-down of opportunities during the 2022 Legislative session when it comes to anti-hunger policy! More info at https://www.facebook.com/KansasAppleseed
  • TUES, Dec. 7th, 6:30 PM, Citizen Activist Training: Storytelling for Change is an Online event hosted by ACLU KS You can join to learn how to motivate your community to action through different communication tools. Registration required, more info at https://www.aclukansas.org/
  • TUES, Dec. 7th, 6:30 PM Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (MADP) KC Chapter is holding their monthly meeting on Zoom. contact Bob at mailto:[email protected] for more info.
  • WED, Dec. 8th, 1:30 PM KC Tenants is hosting “Tenants’ Right To Counsel Solidarity In Neighborhood Committees. See on Facebook to meet at Kansas City, Mo., City Hall, Council Chambers, 26th FL for deliberations on Tenants’ Right to Counsel, a city policy that would ensure every KCMO tenant is guaranteed no-cost legal representation in landlord-tenant cases.


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