Article on PD shootings spurs calls for change

Posted at 4:54 PM, Jan 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-03 21:38:54-05

A metro organization is calling for independent investigations into all police involved shootings after the Kansas City Star released an article about police involved shootings in Kansas City.

Leaders with MORE2, the Metro Organization for Racial and Economic Equality, called a news conference after the kansas city star released an article in the Sunday paper titled, "Putting KCPD killings under the spotlight."


Rabbi Doug Alpert spoke at the news conference. "We are among the worst when it comes to police related shootings and fatalities," said Alpert.

According to the KC Star, KCPD has the third most officer involved fatal shootings compared to similar sized cities, which includes, 47 fatal shootings and 56 non-fatal shootings since 2005.

Community leaders want answers, including the pastor of Swope Church Reverend Rodney Williams.

"It is the job of the church and the community to highlight and spotlight systems that may not be equitable," said Williams.

41 Action News reached out to the Kansas City Police to get their response to the article; our calls and emails were not returned.

MORE2 said their community organizing is not anti-KCPD, Leaders say their mission is about accountablity; making independent investigations the new norm when it comes to police involved shootings in Kansas City.

MORE2 plans to host a demonstration on Monday at 4:30 p.m. in front of the East Patrol Police Station to draw more attention to these shootings.