Our Jaws of Justice Radio Hour for April 20 will feature a live interview of Sheryl Ferguson by host Patricia Bartholome. On December 3, 2019, Kansas City police shot and killed 26-year-old Cameron Lamb, a black male, in his own backyard.
Sheryl Ferguson knew Cameron Lamb and his family for years. She’s 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 January’s police commission meeting to the full and will talk with us about her message – 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.
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.
There has been 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 remain frustrated with a lack of answers about what happened that day.
Ferguson still has questions and favors local control of the police, believing that might be a better route to affecting police policy.
The situation leading to Lamb’s murder began 12/3/19, when police officers noticed what they thought was a disturbance between two cars near 35th and College Avenue. A police helicopter tracked one of the vehicles, pulled behind a residence in the 4100 block of College. Although details are not clear, it appears the officers approached Lamb, and it’s not clear whether they identified themselves. Again, they were working undercover and wearing plain clothes. It appears Lamb pulled up a gun and pointed it at the officer, but it is unclear whether he knew the approaching man was an officer or whether he was just showing his “protection” as a way to put himself in a defensive position against the unknown individuals entering his backyard.
When he drew his gun, the officer shot him. A neighbor says at least four shots were fired.
The Calendar for the week of April 20th:
In compliance with the local instruction, all live meetings are suspended until the all clear is given by the Mayor.
- All Corey’s Network activities, meetings, vigils, and fundraisers have been canceled. When they resume normal activities, we will pass them on to you. The Mission of Corey’s Network is to provide immediate services to families surviving homicide. See Corey’s Network on Facebook or their website, coreysnetwork.org.
- Monday, April 20th at 7 PM, KC Virtual Meeting of Moms Demand Action – MO. They will be meeting virtually using the Zoom online platform. More information at act.everytown.org.
- April Kansas Issues2Action Meeting hosted by MORE2 will be April 20th at 6:30 PM via zoom. Go to More2 on Facebook for more information.
- Although KC Mothers in Charge is not able to gather together in person this year, they ask we remember all the lives impacted by violence and crime in Kansas City. For #NationalCrimeVictimsRightsWeek, every day this week, they will share a post in remembrance of a victim of violence. You can join them to honor victims of violence by sharing posts. For more information you can find them on the web at www.kcmothersincharge.org or kc mothers in charge on Facebook.
- Considering COVID-19, the Midwest Innocence Projects’ 2020 Faces of Innocence Gala will be postponed to a later date. Safety is the paramount concern. All tickets and sponsorships will be honored for the new date, which has yet to be determined. If you have already purchased a ticket or sponsorship for the program, you will be contacted.
- Willow Domestic Violence 24 Hour Hotline is 785 843-3333.
- Thursday, April 23rd is Smart Justice Virtual CST Meeting: 6 PM for Douglas County and 7:15 PM for Johnson County. The ACLU of Kansas is still committed to doing the work and protecting our most vulnerable populations including those incarcerated. You can join the ACLU of Kansas’ Smart Justice Campaign for their first series of Virtual Smart Justice Strategy Meetings. Be sure to RSVP for the meeting so they can send a zoom meeting invitation. More information at Douglas County ACLU Smart Justice on Facebook.
- A list of services, meals, and hot lines are available at lawrenceprogressivecalendar.blogspot.com. It is updated daily.
Please take care of yourselves and others. Thanks to all our listeners, stay close to your dial and stay well!