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Kansas City officer convicted

For the first time ever, a Kansas City officer was convicted in the fatal shooting of a Black man. A Jackson County judge on Friday found detective Eric DeValkenaere guilty of involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action in the 2019 death of Cameron Lamb. Plus, hear what's going on in Kansas City's important redistricting process.

On Friday, a Jackson County judge found Kansas City police detective Eric DeValkenaere guilty of involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action in the fatal shooting of 26-year-old Cameron Lamb, a Black man.

DeValkenaere is believed to be the first Kansas City law enforcement officer since 1941 to have stood trial for the fatal shooting of a Black man, and the first ever to be convicted in such a case. KCUR reporter Dan Margolies was in the courtroom and breaks down what the verdict means.

Every 10 years, states redraw the boundaries of districts for state legislatures and Congress based on new U.S. Census data. Right now, Kansas City is also undergoing the important but contentious process of redistricting of its six Council seats. KCUR contributor Lynn Horsley talks to us about how the changes are expected to affect everything from political power dynamics to how tax dollars get spent on infrastructure.

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