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'A total lack of institutional control at KCPD'

Kansas City mayor Quinton Lucas discusses a bombshell whistleblower complaint from a former KCPD lawyer, who alleges the police department hid criminal case evidence and illegally withheld public records. He also criticizes how the police board is conducting the hiring process for a new chief.

The Kansas City Police Department seems to be be closing in on hiring its next chief, even amid controversies surrounding the hiring processand allegations of unethical behavior.

Speaking to Steve Kraske on Up To Date, Mayor Quinton Lucas criticized how the state-controlled police board is choosing a new chief, a decision that could come as soon as Tuesday. "It is not the type of way you wish to do these processes," Lucas says.

Meanwhile, a bombshell whistleblower complaint broke over the weekend, where a former top lawyer for the KCPD alleges the department unlawfully closed records that should be have remained public under Missouri's open records law and allegedly hid evidence from prosecutors.

Lucas said the allegations could trigger a further federal investigationinto “a total lack of institutional control at KCPD."

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