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Wyandotte County District Attorney | 'America: What Went Wrong?'

District Attorney Mark DuPree in a dark suit, white shirt and red-striped tie standing at a podium with multiple news channel microphones with the district attorneys seal on the wall behind him.
Andrea Tudhope
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KCUR 89.3
A new task force examining police and community relations in Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, includes the mayor, the police chief, and the sheriff, but not District Attorney Mark Dupree.

The first Black district attorney in Kansas shares his thoughts on reforming policing and the justice system, and a Pulitzer Prize-winner updates his 1992 bestseller about the undermining of the American dream.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:10: Mark Dupree has rolled out bias training for his staff and a new community integrity unit.

A recent move to leave the Wyandotte County district attorney off a newly-formed task force on police and community relations left many in Kansas City, Kansas, scratching their heads. The outspoken district attorney discusses being excluded from the effort, and his ideas for rebuilding public trust in police.

Segment 2, beginning at 32:55: How much has changed in 38 years?

Donald Barlett and James Steele's 1992 bestseller "America: What Went Wrong?" documented how tax policies and deregulation were hammering the middle class, how the rich were growing ever more rich and how the health care and retirement systems were eroding. So how have things developed since then?

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Luke X. Martin is associate producer of KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at luke@kcur.org or on Twitter, @lukexmartin.