Can A Black Man Plead Self Defense In Jackson County?
The case of Cameron Gines has raised the question of whether a black man can claim self defense in Jackson County. Cameron was attacked repeatedly at a convenience store on E 23rd St and retreated from his attacker more than once. It was not until the store owner locked the door denying Cameron an avenue of escape and he was again attacked that he drew his gun and shot his assailant. The Jackson County Prosecutor’s office insisted on charging Cameron with 2nd Degree Murder and all attempts to persuade them that this was self defense were rejected (Missouri is a Stand Your Ground state). What most people do not know is that the Prosecutor’s office was following the same script that had gotten them a conviction in a very similar case of self defense at the same convenience store a year earlier. Cameron has agreed to a plea bargain so that he can get out of jail and again provide for his family.
Host Latahra Smith talks with talks with Cameron’s Father Keith Gines about his son’s case, the intransigence of the Jackson County Prosecutor and whether this Prosecutorial overreach is really how we make our community safer.
A Different Kind Of Discussion On Guns
The yelling match that passes for debate on gun control very seldom includes common sense solutions or people who have been victims or had to use a gun to protect themselves talking to each other about what they feel can be done. Host Keith Brown El talks With Mr Keith Gines about the idea of requiring insurance on guns, training and more.
The JoJR Calendar for the week of April 15th
Survivors Unite is uniting families who have lost a loved one to violent crime. They understand that grief is experienced in different stages and help families heal and learn to properly release their emotions. Survivors United meets every third Monday of the month and will meet Monday April 15th, 7pm at Margaret’s Place, 7217 Troost, KCMO.
The Kansas City Chapter of Missouri Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants will have their monthly meeting Monday, April 15th 6:30pm at the Chestnut Avenue Family Resource Center, 3811 Chestnut Ave, KCMO. MO CURE advocates for the human rights of prisoners in Missouri prisons and jails as well as those who have returned to society, by lobbying state and local government, direct contact with corrections officials and a quarterly newsletter sent to supporters and prisoners.
The KC chapter of Mothers in Charge, Healing Support Group will be meeting Thursday, April 18th from 5-7 PM at the Robert J Mohart Multipurpose Center, Suite 124 W, 3200 Wayne Ave, KCMO. This group is for people who have lost loved ones to murder and violence. The first hour will be sharing of experiences and in the second hour therapists and others who can who can help navigate the emotional and legal terrain will be available. For more information you can find them on the web at http://www.kcmothersincharge.org/ or call them at 816-912-2601.
The Faces of Innocence Gala, fundraising event for Midwest Innocence Project will be held Thursday April 18th at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown Muehlebach Tower. Registration, reception and silent auction begin at 5 PM, Ballroom doors open at 6:30 PM and the program begins at 7 PM. Single tickets are $150 and can be purchased online at https://themip.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/FacesofInnocence2019/TicketsSponsorship/tabid/1012601/Default.aspx