On May 22nd, host David Bell speaks with Kimberlee Shaw-Ellis, a retired Kansas City Missouri police officer.   They will ask us; how can we be empathetic and coexist in multiple worlds when those worlds appear oppositional to each other?

They will discuss common misconceptions between the police department and the community, and in particular the LGBTQ+ community. How can we use empathy to make everyone feel safe?

We will play the calendar at the midpoint of our hour.

Police Departments have been generated by our society.  They continue to exist to assist the public and protect us from crime.  Certainly, it is our job to examine our attitudes and how social stereotypes affect police behavior.  We need to sanction the positive and educate the negative out of our society.  This need exists for both the police and for the public they serve.  Mutual respect for others in our community is a very good start.

Strong relationships of mutual trust between police agencies and the communities they serve are critical to maintaining public safety and effective policing. Police officials rely on the cooperation of community members to provide information about crime in their neighborhoods, and to work with the police to devise solutions to crime and disorder problems. Similarly, community members’ willingness to trust the police depends on whether they believe that police actions reflect community values and incorporate the principles of procedural justice and legitimacy.


Learn about others and understand them.  The great beauty of our society is that we have the right to express ourselves.


On Jaws of Justice, we examine how to find justice in our society.  Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.

Calendar for the week of May 22nd:

  • 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.
  • For Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense virtual meetings this week, go to All are welcome, mothers and others.
  • Check the calendar at for events you can attend.
  • TUES, May 24th, 6:30 PM, Forum for KC Council 3rd, 4th, & 5th District At-Large Candidates

WED, May 25th, 6:30 Forum for KC Council 1st, 2nd, & 4th In-  District Candidates is an Online event hosted by the League of   Women Voters – Greater KC.   Your vote MATTERS! Learn       about candidates for the Kansas City Council on your June 20  ballot.   More info at facebook for League of Women Voters of  Greater KC

  • THURS, May 25th, 7 PM, Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty is having their monthly meeting. Learn more about clemency campaigns, legislative updates and pending cases.  To register, go to
  • MON, May 29th, 11 AM, Annual Memorial Day Annual Remembrance, March (walk, bike) past the KCMO National Security Campus from Prospect to MO Hwy 150. 12 pm, Rally/ Die-In, Memory of hundreds (or more) who died from toxins at the old nuke-parts plant, and some will do civil disobedience by crossing the property line at the entry road, 14510 Botts Rd. (just north of Mo. Hwy. 150). We’ll have two resistance options–crossing the line, then soon going back to the public property without arrest, OR crossing the line and being arrested and processed at a police station and released. Those not wishing to do the 1-mile walk will be driven at 11 am or earlier from Prospect to 14510 Botts Rd. for the noon rally.
  • A list of services, meals, and hot lines are available at  The list is updated daily.


Please take care of yourselves and others. Thanks for listening to Jaws of Justice.


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