Many people don’t know that the police routinely confiscate, cars, cash, houses and more when they arrest people for crimes and that they sell that property to fund their department. Host Robin Martinez talks about the legal aspects of Asset Forfeiture with Attorney Dan Viets of Missouri NORMAL and Eapan Thampy, Executive Director of American’s for Forfeiture Reform will bring us up to speed on the legislative front. Do these seizures of personal property encourage false arrests? If an arrest does not result in a conviction does the accused get their property back? How do Missouri Police Departments get around a state law that puts restrictions on asset seizures?
Robin Martinez is Senior Partner at Matinez, Madrigal and Machicow and a member of the local chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.
CSI Miami, Las Vegas, New York and similar TV programs have created an image of what a CSI tech is and does. Host Allie Bush speaks with Supervisor Melanie Fields, of the Crime Scene Investigation Unit, of the Kansas City Missouri Police Department about the realities of crime scene investigation. What does a CSI do when they arrive at the scene of a crime? Will the new police lab make analysis of crime scene evidence more accurate and quicker? How is the evidence produced used to convict or eliminate a suspect?
CALENDAR OF EVENTS SEPTEMBER 23RD
Kansas City United Against Crime is sponsoring a Crime Prevention Month Kickoff event Tuesday, October 1st, from 4-7pm at the Swope Park Pavilion, in the park, 63rd and Swope Parkway, KCMO. This event will feature live music, food, inflatables for the kids and even a police helicopter.
Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peter’s Baker will speak as well as the City of Kansas City Good Neighbor presentation ceremony. Kansas City United Against Crime was founded to strengthen relationships between our community and law enforcement. For more information you can check them out on the web at www.kcuac.org or Kansas City United Against Crime on Face Book.
The next Hands Off, Domestic Violence Forum sponsored by Give Yourself Real Love and Voices of The People will be Saturday October 5th, from 2-5pm at the Southeast Library. 6242 Swope Parkway, KCMO. You can get involved in fighting domestic violence in our community. This dialogue is open to both men and women. For more information check out G.Y.R.L. On Face Book or call Miss E at 816-651-0044.
The United Progressives of Kansas City and many other groups concerned with our democracy are sponsoring a forum on, Government Spying In The US. Sunday October 6th at 4pm at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Walnut, KCMO. The featured speaker is Gary Brunk, Executive Director of the Kansas and Western Missouri ACLU. His comments will be followed by interaction and discussion of the issue of surveillance and citizens rights with a panel of legal experts.