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Kansas City Mayor Lucas | Colleges, Coronavirus & Students

Lisa Rodriguez
KCUR 89.3
Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas is calling for a series of changes to the police department that would, among other things, require officers to intervene when they see another officer using excessive force.

A conversation with Kansas City's mayor about police reform and leadership, and the city budget. Plus, is it fair that universities are blaming their students for the spread of the coronavirus on campus?

Segment 1, beginning at 3:40: Kansas City's mayor isn't asking to defund the police, just to reform them.

Kansas City's mayor isn't calling for the firing of Kansas City police Chief Rick Smith, either. What he is asking for is a series of changes to department policy that would, among other things, require officers to intervene when they come across other officers using excessive force.

Segment 2, beginning at 30:44: Can colleges and students work together to stop the spread of the coronavirus on campus?

It's tough to be a college administrator right now, but some think it's a mistake for universities to blame students for outbreaks of COVID-19. One Missouri professor who wrote about the issue for The Atlantic says students are inevitably going to socialize, and the playbook colleges use to govern campuses needs to incorporate that.

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