Just like you, I read about the homicides each week in mid-town KCMO.
I believe these can be slowed way down with Kansas City Police in their cars and on the street in these hot spots.
As I mentioned in a story about a month ago, I’m friendly with Kansas City Missouri Police Chief, James Corwin. He and I discussed this matter and the Westport problems at length a few years ago when I was still involved with Westport.
As much as I like Jim, there need to be some changes to drop these murder rates down.
The numbers, now near 100 in KC MO, are about the same as last year. Granted just because police are in or near the area will not stop all the crime or killings. What it will do is bring the number down and make the Plaza,Westport area much safer.
While the police do go into these areas, mostly on weekend nights, they tend to leave too early and not have enough cars or officers on the streets during the "danger time."
Most of these shootings happen after midnight and before 3 AM. The cry from the police is lack of manpower and money to do the job at the level we all want. However after speaking to club owners in both Westport and Martini Corner, they informed me that there are still plenty of officers in uniform going out on weekends to do "bar raids." These are groups of ten or more officers with a couple of vice cops going bar to bar checking I.D.’s and Liquor Cards. I think we can all agree that’s kinda a waste of manpower in the face of whats been going on lately.
Nobody is saying, hey let minors drink. But let’s face it, that has not been a large problem lately.
With the crowds getting smaller and smaller at night spots in mid-town, about the least of our problems would be nineteen year olds getting into Kelly‘s or Power & Light.
What we need are several squad cars placed on the streets in Westport, The Plaza, Power and Light and Martini Corner…TO PROTECT US, NOT ARREST US.
Wouldn’t that be nice.
The Police know where these spots are and now most of us do as well.
I’m pretty sure the young man murdered in Westport near Kelly’s would be alive today had there been a car of cops at each end of those streets.
DUI checkpoints are also a waste of huge manpower.
Those need to be cutback. Again, far less people are drinking and driving because there are not as many people out there.
Today we have more "bad people" out late then we used too.
So profiling is something we actually need to consider.
Who are the folks doing the killings? What type of person or persons fit that profile? Not a hard task. Just boring and not as fun as "bar raids" or "DUI Checkpoints."
It’s pretty boring just sitting in your squad car watching for problems in the cold on Friday and Saturday nights. It’s got to happen though. We all need that protection. We need to feel safe in those areas to enjoy them.
Seeing police walking the Plaza or Westport from 11 PM til 3 AM would surely cut crime and death.
It’s not a job most cops want to do, cold boring, not many girls to talk to. I get it. But it has to be done. If not, all these murders will continue and business will continue to drop in our better entertainment areas as it already has.
Who cares if someone has their damn liquor card on them or not?
For God’s sake they are meaningless anyway. Kansas doesn’t even have them. Why does Missouri? It is outdated and stupid. These are just ways to make a buck, that’s all. I often think law enforcement has forgotten the golden rule, "To Serve and Protect."
And that means US.
More cops and cars on the street not looking to just write up tickets but looking for folks with guns and weapons who are looking to hurt someone.
Isn’t that a better idea?