I’ve had some interesting response to the article I wrote a couple days ago regarding slowing down the violence in our top entertainment and shopping districts of KCMO.
I wanted to add a couple of concepts to that end.
First off, this is not about race. Its about behavior. If the show fits?
You know the rest. No my solutions will not end the violence, it will keep it away from areas that need to grow and continue to survive for the good of the City. That doesn’t mean we disregard "the hood." It doesn’t mean we don’t pay any attention to the east side of KCMO either. I’m neither a democrat or republican. I’m a realist.
We all should be.
Almost all 30 murders in the Westport and Plaza areas where someone shot or stabbed another person were done by people who were not white. No, they were not all African American either. Too many were "gang related."
It’s not often, if ever, some guy sees his wife or girlfriend out, pulls out a weapon and blasts the person she’s with.
We did have a couple female incidents in Westport involving a weapon. None of these that resulted in death or were committed by a white female. So it does create a "profile." Sorry. If this offends some people, it’s just the way it is. There are many more good citizens of color than ones who are not. However most of the "gang’ types are of color, that’s just the fact, Jack.
Enough on all that PC crap.
What can be done to help stop the violence? There was a time when off-duty police worked the front/door of many nightspots, including Stanford and Sons in Westport. We had "off duties" from 1996- 2004. It ended when our dance club was closed and we opened Johnny Dare’s.
.unny how that works. When we had REAL police helping watch the traffic, the club had zero major violence. And we had a ‘hip-hop’ dance club that was often packed. People respect the real POLICE much more than security guards and rent-a-cops. Why? Because real police can and will arrest you and call for back up to take your ass to jail if needed.
The bad guys KNOW THE DIFFERENCE.
I feel this is a good preventive action to take at this time. The Police officers like it because they get paid extra dough and they seem to enjoy the action. More important it puts Police right in the middle of the action at ‘hot locations.’
The other good news is they can leave if needed by a neighbor to assist. Bad Guys know this.
If you police at have five or six nightspots on The Plaza/Westport/Martini Corner/Power & Light or even the tamer Waldo/Brookside areas, I assure you crime will drop tons overnight.
People will feel safer seeing the police right in front of them. Bad guys will not be so anxious to attend either.
If we added the police on duties in front of the streets during the "witching hours," problem solved. The money not being provided through the city to pay the extra officers would come from the night spots themselves. They do this at Arrowhead and Royals stadium, why not our entertainment districts? Same thing.
These are very strong answers to the recent and continued deaths in midtown. I think they can be employed right away.
There are answers, we just have to use them.