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1:54 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

What Kansas City Can Learn From The Ferguson Shooting

Tear gas, shown here streaming in Ferguson, Mo., earlier this week, was one of law enforcement's crowd-control measures amid looting and riots in the wake of the police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old in the St. Louis suburb.
Tear gas, shown here streaming in Ferguson, Mo., earlier this week, was one of law enforcement's crowd-control measures amid looting and riots in the wake of the police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old in the St. Louis suburb.
Credit Frank Morris / KCUR

The shooting of an unarmed man near St. Louis — and the aftermath that has ensued — offers Kansas City broader lessons tied to law enforcement and media coverage.

That’s according to people who responded to our question of the week on the air and via social media: What can Kansas City learn from events in Ferguson?  

“Our police force doesn’t need to arm itself like this is Iraq,” Kansas Citian @OfficialMKoussa answers on Twitter.

On Facebook, Rebecca Glenn shares a common sentiment from people who answered the question: “The police should know their community, connect with it.”

But this week's dialogue quickly turned to criticism of the press.

“Do what the police say. Get off the street,” Virginia McLaury tells us in an email.

On Facebook, Laura Remy added, “There is no good way to report on the death of a young man, but the reporting should be unbiased and fair.”

Kansas Citians also shared general community lessons from Ferguson, Mo.

Chase Peeples, a minister at Country Club Congregational United Church of Christ in Kansas City, Mo., tweeted that “police should learn from #Ferguson (that) local clergy are essential for peace reconciliation & mediation btw citizens & police.”

Amber Booker tweeted that she hoped the tragic incident in Ferguson would “inspire KC to respect each other no matter race or origin.”

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