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Seg. 1: When Should Police Use Lethal Force? Seg. 2: Retiring KCK Superintendent Looks Back.

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The Kansas School Superintendent's Association awarded Cynthia Lane the 2017 Distinguished Service Award.

Segment 1: Kansas City Police Department shootings raise questions about when it's acceptable for police to use lethal force.

In the course of one afternoon last week, Kansas City police officers shot and killed three people in two separate incidents. The first involved the shooting of a woman in the Northland who was armed with a decorative sword. In the first part of today's program, we heard an eyewitness account of the killing, and discussed when police can and should use deadly force.

  • Grant Braaten, eyewitness
  • Dennis Kenney, John Jay College of Criminal Justice professor 

Segment 2, beginning at 24:44: After 30 years with Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools, Cynthia Lane is retiring.

When Cynthia Lane stepped into the role of superintendent in 2010, one of her first decisions was to engage the district in a lawsuit pushing Kansas legislators to give public schools more funding. At the end of this month, she is handing over the reigns and stepping into retirement. We met with Lane to talk about her three decades of service.

  • Cynthia Lane, Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools superintendent 
Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.