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Jackson County prosecutor taps former KCPD sergeant for new investigative role

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Posted at 12:33 PM, Jan 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-06 13:33:22-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A former longtime Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department sergeant has been tapped for a new role with the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office.

Tony Sanders, who served 28 years at KCPD, will work with Jean Peters Baker's office to examine incidents involving police use-of-force and alleged wrongful criminal convictions.

“I look forward to the opportunity to continue my long-standing career in serving this community,” Sanders said in a news release.

Baker said she is excited to have a "uniquely qualified" investigator join the prosecutor's office.

"This work will be crucial to rebuilding the community's trust in law enforcement," she said in the release.

According to Baker's office, Sanders is experienced in hostage negotiation, media relations and administrative tasks as well. He also helped found the Kansas City Police Historical Society.

Sanders' position was created in response to June 2020 protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. During the protests, the prosecutor's office launched a website to accept complaints of police misconduct, creating a need for the new investigative role.