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Sheriff Darryl Forte | What Are You Streaming? | Kansas City Police Commissioners

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Luke X. Martin
Jackson County, Missouri, Sheriff Darryl Forte is seeking his second full term. Originally appointed as a replacement, Forte says he spent the first two weeks on the job wondering what he had gotten into, and asking his wife, "how do I get out of this?"

The first Black sheriff of Jackson County explains why he is seeking another term, what Up To Date's indie film critic Cynthia Haines has been watching during the pandemic, and two members of the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners make clear their support of the current chief of police.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:52: Jackson County's current sheriff wants to continue the progress he's made in the department.

Darryl Forte is running his reelection campaign against the man he replaced as sheriff two years ago. Forte said his priorities include hiring into the ranks and promoting more women and people of color, and continuing to correct his predecessor's mistakes, which he said left the department in disarray.

Segment 2, beginning at 25:11: One Up To Date film critic has found plenty to watch.

By averaging two or three films a day since mid-March, Cynthia Haines has managed to watch 176 movies during the pandemic. She shared news about area theaters that are opening, and offered some weekend recommendations for the streaming crowd.

  • Cynthia Haines, film professor and critic

Segment 3, beginning at 34:44: Police board President Don Wagner said police Chief Rick Smith's resignation, which some are calling for, "would really hurt this city."

Two commissioners appointed by former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens characterized Rick Smith as an excellent police chief, and said oversight and control of the Kansas City Police Department should not returned locally-elected officials.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Luke X. Martin is a reporter focusing on race, culture and ethnicity for KCUR 89.3. Contact him at or on Twitter, @lukexmartin.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.