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For Kansas City's Violence & Policing Woes, Mayor Quinton Lucas Calls For More Community Engagement

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Mayor Quinton Lucas talks to demonstrators during a rally in Kansas City, Mo., on June 5, to protest the death of George Floyd.
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Mayor Quinton Lucas talks to demonstrators during a rally in Kansas City, Missouri, on June 5, to protest the death of George Floyd.

Calls for reforming the Kansas City Police Department persist and the homicide count in Kansas City, Missouri, continues to rise. Mayor Quinton Lucas fields questions on police, violent crime, tax incentives and the coronavirus pandemic.

Mayor Lucas wants voter input on local control of the police department. He is also considering mandating mask-wearing, and he responded to the superintendent of public schools calling new tax abatements for a West Bottoms construction firm systemic racism.

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