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Police shootings prompt rally at East Patrol

Posted at 7:36 PM, Jan 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-04 20:37:35-05

Local activists and community members used Kansas City's new East Patrol police station to send a message to police and the community.

The group wants answers from KCPD following a story that ran in the Kansas City Star.

The article said KCPD has had 47 deadly shootings and 56 non-fatal shootings since 2005.

Kansas City Police are not commenting on the article. 

41 Action News sat down with the Office of Community Complaints to discuss their role in allegations against officers.

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"We investigate allegations of misconduct against members of the Kansas City Missouri Police Department," said Merrell Bennekin, the Deputy Executive Director of the Board of Police Commissioners’ Office of Community Complaints. "In the history of this office. It's never been involved in the discharge officer fire arms. It's investigated internally and the findings and turned over to the prosecutor."

Sidney Willens is a former attorney and founding member of Kansas City's OCC office.

He still believes in the purpose and structure of the office, but says when it comes to officer involved shootings things need to change.

"Because of the number of killings in our city as a result of police interactions, the police board of commissioners should set up a separate system with investigative talen tto investigate everyone of these killings," said Willens.

A viewpoint these demonstrators share as they look for answers and accountability.

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Lisa Benson can be reached at lisa.benson@kshb.com.

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