Request For Police Review | Conversion Therapy | Kansas River Keeper
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.
- Gwendolyn Grant, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Kansas City
- Lora McDonald, executive director of MORE2
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.
- Bryant DeLong, mayor of North Kansas City
- Thad McCullough, chair of the Human Relations Commission in Independence
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.
- Dawn Buehler, executive director of Friends of the Kaw