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How An Independent Civilian Oversight Office Handles Complaints Against Kansas City Police

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Julie Denesha
KCUR 89.3
In the wake of George Floyd protests on the Plaza, citizen oversight of the Kansas City Police Department has come into question. Police Chief Rick Smith is shown here in conversation with a protester on June 3.

One controversy involving the Kansas City Police Department has to do with oversight from the Office of Community Complaints. Critics say the office rarely rules against law enforcement, and are raising questions about how effective and fair it is.

The independent oversight agency that handles grievances against the Kansas City Police Department is often criticized. We found out how they operate.

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