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Council Members Say Lack Of Opportunity Drives Kansas City Violence, Call For Police Chief To Step Down

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Kansas City council members Andrea Bough and Melissa Robinson
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Andrea Bough, seated left, emphasizes the importance of access to mental healthcare and well-paying jobs to reduce violent crime.

Kansas City Council members Andrea Bough and Melissa Robinson discuss their response to the ongoing pandemic, calls for police reform, the search for a new city manager and more.

"The best thing for us to do, as it relates to crime and violence is to ensure that we wage a war on unemployment," Robinson said. When pressed on the issue, Bough said she thinks it's time for Kansas City police Chief Rick Smith to step down.

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