I was dismayed and disappointed to hear (I have conflicts on Wednesday and Thursday evenings that keep me from going in person so the quotes are from the KC Star), that so many people spoke against looking outside the Kansas City Police Department for its new chief. Someone who knew all the processes, and had deep roots in the neighborhood, who could hit the ground running without a long learning curve.
I want a new police chief who knows how to run a law enforcement organization, who isn't afraid of the politically connected, and who cares not what color law breakers are, but only that they have broken the law and will be dealt with accordingly!
It cannot be underestimated that the above, which comes from Black ministers and community leaders, could also be seen as "The police chief must be Black." As I have blogged before, I don't care what color the chief is. As far as I am concerned, the police chief is BLUE, the color of the rule of order around here.
I am severely disappointed in so-called community leaders stuck in victimology and quotas who seem incapable of realizing that what we have and are doing now is not working. Our city has a way high homicide rate, a growing national rep for not being safe, and a citizenry for whom safety and crime are becoming issue 1A--only the economy and jobs beating it out. Thinking inside the old and busted box of what we're doing now is not going to cut it. It's time for new blood.
Think outside the department for the new police chief.
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