Missouri police do a difficult job, but do they need their own ‘bill of rights’?

Mayor Lucas says state police board control is illegal Mayor Quinton Lucas told the Star’s Editorial Board on December 22, 2020, that state control of the Kansas City Police Department violates equal protection and could be challenged in federal court over budget control and lack of minority voices. By Beth Welsh captions and subtitles off, selected Mayor Quinton Lucas told the Star’s Editorial Board on December 22, 2020, that state control of the Kansas City Police Department violates equal protection and could be challenged in federal court over budget control and lack of minority voices. By Beth Welsh Police already enjoy a wide range of legal protections. Law enforcement officials are afforded due process rights everyday citizens can’t access. Cops too rarely face consequences for questionable actions in the course of their duties. That’s understandable. Officers often make life-and-death decisions in a matter of seconds. They deserve praise for their grace under fire. But they shouldn’t get a deck stacked in their favor when they’re scrutinized for alleged misconduct. So why are Missouri lawmakers hell-bent on shielding officers under investigation for use-of-force incidents or other misconduct? Law enforcement officials don’t need a free pass to avoid or delay questioning. But Senate Bill 26 , a measure sponsored by Republican Sen. William Eigel of St. Charles County, moved quickly through the state Senate and this week was placed on the calendar for perfection. The measure is wholly un-American. It would also increase penalties for someone ticketed for blocking traffic. A […]

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