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Black Lives Matter Protest
9:31 am
Sun December 21, 2014

#Blacklivesmatter Protesters Arrested After Attempt To Block I-70 In Kansas City

#BlackLivesMatter protesters with activist group One Struggle KC begin their march through Parade Park to I-70.
Cody Newill KCUR

Seven people involved in a protest in downtown Kansas City, Mo., on Saturday were arrested as they attempted to block Interstate 70.

The protest was themed #BlackLivesMatter after the viral hashtag, which took off after the decisions not to indict the police officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

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3:41 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Kansas City Response To Ferguson Calm But Tensions Simmer

Students and civil rights leaders marching the day after the Ferguson decision was released.
Credit Laura Ziegler / K

Kansas City, like many cities across the world, saw a public outcry to what many felt was an injustice in the Ferguson, Mo., grand jury decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown.

As anticipated, the decision set off immediate violence in the St. Louis suburb. The ruling reverberated with demonstrations and protests from New York to San Diego, and as far away as Sydney, Australia.

Here in Kansas City, the response was quick and vocal, but mostly peaceful.

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Heartland Health Monitor
2:05 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Documentary Casts Light On Kansas City's Mental Health Care Woes

A KCPD officer and a mental health liaison talk with a mentally ill man who is in need of treatment.
Credit Michael Price / KCPT

The state of Kansas City's mental health care services is dire, according to a new documentary.

Journalist and documentary filmmaker Michael Price's Lost Minds: KC's Mental Health Crisis focuses on the growing number of fraught confrontations between severely mentally ill people and police on Kansas City's streets. The locally produced documentary airs at 8 p.m. Wednesday on KCPT. 

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3:20 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

So Far This Year, Crime Is Down In Kansas City

Fewer violent crimes were reported in Kansas City, Mo., in the first half of 2014, down 7 percent compared to the same time last year.

"For example, homicides, we've had 42 this year, which is way too many," says Kansas City Police Captain Tye Grant. "But year-to-date, that's in comparison to 67 last year."

Mayor Sly James tweeted a copy of the police department's monthly crime summary Tuesday, calling the drop "good news" for Kansas City.

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Central Standard
4:01 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Police Training On How To Respond To Mental Health Situations

Police officers often respond to situations that involve people suffering from mental health problems.

Since they are called first for help, there is a growing effort to train the officers in how to handle the situations.

On today's Central Standard, we discuss how police training is changing in order to accommodate mental health crisis response techniques.


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5:04 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Grand Jury Refuses To Indict Cop In Killing Of Kansas City Firefighter

A  Jackson County grand jury has declined to file charges against a  Kansas City, Mo., police officer in the 2013 shooting death of a firefighter.

The criminal case is closed in the Dec. 1, 2013, death of Anthony Bruno.

Bruno and the policeman struggled during a brawl leading to the shooting on a downtown street. There had been a dispute over cab fare outside Bruno’s wedding reception party. The pair fought and struggled on the pavement as the officer tried to arrest Bruno.

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3:53 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Ground Broken On New Kansas City Crime Lab

Earth moving equipment is at idle as Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forte' leads ground breaking for a new East Patrol Station and crime lab.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Ground has been ceremonially broken for the already-in-progress East Patrol Police station/crime lab construction in Kansas City, Mo.

Chrome plated shovels were planted in dirt but it was obvious heavy equipment had been working for weeks. About 80 houses were torn down for the 17-acre, $74 million project.

Nearly every speaker talked about those who gave up property, some unwillingly. Though, there were no protestors visible at the gathering.

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Cops & Crime
3:32 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Inner Workings of KC NOVA Are Defined For City Leaders

No Violence Alliance Commander CAPT Joe McHale.

The commander of Kansas City’s No Violence Alliance says  university researchers have  identified what he called a “social network of violence” and it’s starting to collect criminals or convince some of need to change. The murder rate is still expected to rise this year.

As benchmark, Alliance head, Police Captain Joe Mchale  says Kansas City  has, by percentage, more homicides than the city that epitomizes, for many, deadly Midwestern violence, “let’s look at our numbers compared to Chicago.  Murders in Kansas City, per 100 thousand people per year, 22.9.  Chicago is 15.9.”

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Cops & Crime
6:17 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Security Questioned In Multi-Shooting Aftermath

Null Value Flickr

The amount of security has come into question surrounding a multiple shooting at a private dance Saturday night in Kansas City.

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Cops & Crime
4:52 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Three Arrested After Teen Found Chained In Basement


There are no charges filed, but Kansas City Police have arrested three people connected to discovery last week of a teenager handcuffed in a Northland basement.

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Cops & Crime
4:43 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Women's Deaths Linked By Kansas City And Kearney, Mo. Detectives

Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

The separate deaths of two women in Kansas City’s Northland, deaths originally thought accidental drug overdoses, are now thought to be homicides.

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Cops & Crime
5:08 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Teenager Found Handcuffed In Basement Gets Foster Care Protection

The Kansas City North prosecutor who will have to decide if there are criminal charges in the keeping of a teenage boy handcuffed in a basement, does not expect to see the case for several days.

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KC Currents
4:41 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Book Explores Life And Legacy Of Pioneering Political Leader Leon Jordan

Credit Courtesy of LaBudde Special Collections, UMKC.

Three years ago, Kansas City police re-opened one of the most vexing cold cases in local history. It was the 1970 murder of politician and civil rights leader Leon Jordan. The case was re-opened after an investigation by Kansas City Star reporters Mike McGraw and Glenn Rice.  McGraw told us what one of the original detectives told him about the 40-year-old case.

“'I can’t remember a case with less info, more blind alleys, more possible motives, and more possible suspects than the Leon Jordan murder,'” said McGraw, quoting detective Lloyd DeGraffenreid. 

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

90-Mile View: Nicole Wright

Kansas City, Mo. Police Officer Nicole Wright
Bill Anderson KCUR

Nicole Wright returned from college wanting to make a difference in her home town of Kansas City, Missouri.  Six years later, Officer Wright's beat is still the neighborhood where she was raised by her mother: 28th and Wabash, part of East Patrol.

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Cops & Crime
4:35 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Kansas City Police Stay Mum On Naming Most Dangerous Thugs

Kansas City homicide detectives at 2011 death scene. Critics complain police won't reveal names of most dangerous people.
kansas city missouri police department

Kansas City Police will continue to offer few specifics about the new No Violence Alliance, NoVA. Critics who want to know more about how it will operate and who are the most violent criminals it will target will have to wait.

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5:07 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Change Cited As Burglary-Fighter Goes To Kansas City Council Vote

Kansas City Police argue for change in prowling ordinance to fight day time burglaries.
Carol Clarinet

In the South part of Kansas City there have been more burglaries committed in daytime than in darker hours the first months of  this year.  Police are using those figures to argue for change in city ordinance.

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Cops & Crime
5:38 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

December Event Termed New Link To Missing Baby

Baby Lisa Irwin's parents, two days after the child disappeared in October 2011.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

More than seven months after the puzzling disappearance of 10-month-old Lisa Irwin from her parents’ Kansas City home, her mother and father went on national television today purporting to have new evidence.

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6:38 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Top of the Morning News: Tuesday, December 6, 2011

KC School Board President Airick West (l) with Mayor Sly James at Mayor's office.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR
  • Mayor And School Board President: Let’s Talk
  • The New Sound Of The KCPD
  • Proposal Would Term Limit All Statewide Officeholders
  • Kansas Lags in Covering Kids

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5:53 pm
Wed November 3, 2010

Accolades for Police, Ambulance Tax Vote

North Patrol Station, nightime view. Due for wrecking ball.
photo courtesy kcmo p.d.

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City government snatched some relief from Tuesday's earnings tax repeal referendum. The Public Safety Sales Tax passed and was noted in Council Committees the day after.

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