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Request For Police Review | Conversion Therapy | Kansas River Keeper

Carlos Moreno
KCUR 89.3
A group of local civil rights leaders point to a consistent pattern of systemic violations. Notably, they say that those include police-involved shootings with no accountability.

What is behind a coalition of Kansas City civil rights leaders asking the Department of Justice to investigate the city's police department, two municipalities that have considered banning conversion therapy, and the work of preserving the Kansas River.

Segment 1, beginning at 00:59: Citing a high rate of violence against people of color, representatives of four major Kansas City organizations last week called on Attorney General Merrick Garland to scrutinize the Kansas City Police Department.

A 15-page letter outlining the group's concerns was sent to Attorney General Garland earlier this week. Citing "the disturbing patterns of misconduct, discrimination, and unconstitutional patterns and practices of violent policing targeting communities of color," the letter drew support from six additional Kansas City organizations and Jackson County, Missouri Prosecuting Attorney Jean Peters-Baker.

Segment 2, beginning at 18:23: Both North Kansas City and Independence recently introduced legislation banning the practice of conversion therapy on minors. In one city it passed. In the other it did not.

We ask leaders from both cities what spurred the introduction of these bills and how each city council's decision will affect their residents.

Segment 3, beginning at 29:13: The Friends of The Kaw is celebrating 30 years of conservation and preservation of the Kansas River and it takes a lot of work to maintain it.

Whether it's cleaning plastic out of sandbanks, educating students about water ecology, or working with cities on shoreline land development; maintaining the Kansas River is a full-time job. The official 'Kansas River Keeper' explains.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.
As Up To Date’s senior producer, I construct daily conversations that give our listeners context to the issues of our time. I strive to provide a platform that holds those in power accountable, while also spotlighting the voices of Kansas City’s creatives and visionaries that may otherwise go unheard. Email me at zach@kcur.org.
Trevor Grandin is a contributing producer for KCUR Studios.
Chris Young is an Assistant Producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at chrisy@kcur.org.