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New Leader Of Missouri Black Caucus Says Kansas City Needs Local Control Of Its Police

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Rep. Ashley Bland Manlove has been named the chairwoman of the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus.

State Rep. Ashley Bland Manlove assumes the duties of the chairwoman at a pivotal time for race relations in the state.

With violent crime setting record numbers in Kansas City, Rep. Ashley Bland Manlove believes local control of the Kansas City Police Department will create equity and diversity within city law enforcement. The Missouri General Assembly is scheduled to convene on Jan. 6 and adjourn in May.

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