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Kansas City Civil Rights activists explained their protest agenda, why they believe it's effective

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Published on September 25, 2020 - Duration: 02:44s

Kansas City Civil Rights activists explained their protest agenda, why they believe it's effective

Kansas City protest leaders are promising more protests as their efforts to achieve equity and justice for African Americans continues.

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Kansas City Civil Rights activists explained their protest agenda, why they believe it's effective

SO WE WANT TO KNOWWHAT THE GOAL OFGATHERING IS...AND WHAT PROTESTERSEXPECT TO COME OUT OFDEMONSTRATIONS.41 ACTION NEWS ANCHORCYNTHIA NEWSOMESHARES THE THOUGHTSOF TWO LOCAL ACTIVISTS.THERE IS A VERY CLEAREND-GAME FORDEMONSTRATORS ANDTHEY BELIEVE THEIRPOWERFUL MARCHESARE HELPING THEM REACHTHEIR GOALS." NATSTHE ANGUISH AND ANGEROF PROTESTORS IS CLEAR.THOUSANDS OFDEMONSTRATORS INLOUIVILLE, KENTUCKY ANDACROSS THE COUNTRYMARCHED AND CHANTEDLAST NIGHT... UPSET THATTHE LOUIVILLE POLICEOFFICERS WHO SHOTBRIONNA TAYLOR WILL NOTFACE CRIMINAL CHARGESFOR HER DEATH.PROTESTORS IN KANSASCITY ALSO GATHEREDLAST NIGHT IN SOLIDARITYOVER THE BRIANNATAYLOR CASE.THE DEMONSTRATIONS ---ARE THEIR ALARM TOTHE PUBLIC AND PEOPLEIN POWER-- THAT THE LEGALSYSTEMS IN PLACE ARENOT PROTETING BLACKLIVES..

AND THEY WILLNOT STOP PROTESTINGUNTIL THERE IS REALCHANGE.ITEM ONE ON THEIR LISTOF DEMANDS IN KANSASCITY IS GETTING POLICECHIEF RICK SMITH TORESIGN.Stacy Shaw, Attorney and CivilRights Activist"Even the prosecutor has saidthathe is obstructing justice, hehas poorleadership, he is upholdingsystemicracist practices and whitesupremecy culture in the KansasCityPolice Deartment.

He has togo."ITEM TWO ON THEPROTESTOR'S LIST INKANSAS CITY IS LOCALCONTROLOF THE KASAS CITYPOLICE DEPARTMENT ANDINCREASING DE-ESCALATION POLICIES ANDTRAINING FOR POLICE.

.SO, THE NEXT QUESTIONBECOMES .... IS THEIRPROTEST STRATEGYWORKING?

ARE THEYGETTING WHAT THEYWANT?PROTEST LEADERS SAY-- YES.IN EARLY JUNE, KANSASCITY MAYOR QUINTONLUCAS SIGNED A LIST OFPROTESTORS DEMANDSINCLUDINGA DE-ESCALATION POLICYFOR POLICE AND MORETRANSPARENCY INCITIZEN-COMPLAINTSAGAINST POLICE.Justice Tyrone Horn, CivilRightsActivist"Direct action not onlychampionedby all those o the ground hereinKansas City Led by the UrbanLeague, SCLC that direct actionhas produced the most policereform,not only here, but nationally.We'veseen municipalities stategovernments move on criminaljustice reform and I thinkproteshas a very, very important rolein thewhole movement."THE CIVIL RIGHTSLEADERS SAIDPROTESTS WILL CONTINUELOCALLY -- ANDNATIONALLY BECAUSE ITWILL TAKE A LONG TIME TOREMOVE AND REPLACEUN-JUST LAWS ANDPOLICIES.THEY HOPE THE BLACKLIVES MATTER MOVEMENTWILL NOT BE APOLARIZING EXPERIENCEWITH POLICE AGAINSTPROTESTORS.THEY WANT IT TO BE AUNIFYING MOVEMENT --GETTING POLICE,PROTESTORS AND THECOMMUNITY WORKINGTOGETHER TOENSURE EQUAL JUSTICEFOR ALLCYNTHIA NEWSOME 41ACTION NEWS

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