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Kansas City Police Training | 'The Deficit Myth'

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Carlos Moreno
A protester who stepped onto the street and taunted Kansas City police officers is shown here being led away in handcuffs on May 30.

Kansas City police responses to protests on the County Club Plaza have brought up questions about when and how police are trained to use force, and an emerging economic theory suggests the priorities of 'deficit hawks' could be erroneous.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:04: How are Kansas City police trained in de-escalation and the use of force?

Protesters who took to the Plaza to vent their frustration about the police killing of George Floyd saw a range of responses from their local police force. We learned how officers in the Kansas City Police Department are trained to respond to rapidly-changing and often unpredictable situations.

  • Maj. Charles Huth, commander of the Traffic Division, Kansas City Police Department

Segment 2, beginning at 32:35: An exploration of Modern Monetary Theory

Deficits do matter, says economist Stephanie Kelton, but not in the way we’ve been taught to believe. She offers an intriguing idea with all manner of possibilities for dealing with the environment, of guaranteeing a job for every American, or even facing a global pandemic.

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 or on Twitter, @lukexmartin.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.