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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.