THE MILITARIZATION OF LOCAL POLICE FORCES
In the first half of our show Attorney Robin Martinez hosts a discussion with KC-area criminal defense attorney and former Wyandotte County prosecutor Brian Leininger about the militarization of our police forces and the increasing use of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics by police for what should be mundane law enforcement matters.
During the Clinton Administration an office was opened in the Pentagon to sell excess military hardware to local police forces. Has Homeland Security and the Defense Department been remaking policing in America? Is this military surplus equipment encouraging our local police to view the streets of America as war zones? What effect does this mistrust of the citizens by the police have on their ability to stop crime?
THE WYANDOT CENTER CRISIS CLINIC
Wyandot Center offers hope and supports recovery for persons with serious mental illness, for individuals battling depression and anxiety disorders, and for kids with behavioral health challenges. As Wyandotte County’s designated community mental health center, we provide services for children, adolescents, adults and families.
We serve the Wyandotte community at seven locations, in schools and in other community settings. Our services are affordable. Our staff members are dedicated and compassionate. Our goal is to enrich and strengthen people’s lives. The center also works in concert with other agencies such as the KCK Police Department to assist people in accessing services.
Wyandot Center provides Community Behavioural Healthcare to the residents of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas. Host Allie Catherine Bush will have three guests on to talk about the services offered by the Wyandot Center Crisis Clinic. They are-
—Julie Solomon, Chief Strategic Officer, Wyandot, Inc. – [email protected] 913-707-7662
—Cadi Sanchez, Service Manager, Emergency & Stabilization Services
—Captain Doug Parisi, KCK Police Department – 913-573-6198
—Judge Kate Lynch, Probate Care and Treatment Docket
You can contact the center at – Phone Number: 913-328-4600, or by Email: [email protected]
24-hour Crisis Line: 913-788-4200
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty has launched a petition aimed at the Governor and Board of Probation and Parole asking them to commute Michael Taylor’s death sentence to Life without Parole. Micheal who is scheduled to be executed February 26th was sentenced without a lawyer by his side, a trial or a jury convicting him.
You can find the petition at www.madpmo.org
MADP is also picketing the combining pharmacy in Tulsa, Oklahoma that is illegally supplying the drug for Micheal’s execution. If you would like to know more about getting involved contact Cathleen Burnette at 816-206-8692.
Mothers of Incarcerated Sons and Daughters presents the first of its “Let The Truth Be Known” lecture series with Dr Christi Griffin, Founder and President of The Ethics Project in St Louis, MO. Her talk is entitled “Incarceration In Black And White: The Subjugation of Black America”.
Dr Griffin will speak at the UMKC Student Center, 5000 Holmes, KCMO on Thursday February 20th from 6-8PM. This event is open to the public, for directions and parking information call 816-235-5071.
On Friday February 21st at 9:15 AM Dr Griffin will be joined by MO State Representative Brandon Ellington and KCMO Councilman Micheal Brooks at Zion Grove Missionary Grove Baptist Church, 2801 Swope Parkway, KCMO for what is billed an awakening session. For information on these two events contact Beverly Livingston at 816-337-5876 or check the MISD website www.misd-kc.com
The KC Metro Reentry Coalition will meet Thursday, February 20th, from 9-11 AM at Pioneer Campus Auditorium, 2700 E. 18th St, KCMO. The speaker will be Ms. Helen Hurley, Field Services Administrator, Missouri Department of Corrections,Division of Probation and Parole. Her topic of discussion is, “Leadership Courage as a Choice”. For information on this and future meetings contact Ron Smith, Director, Second Chance Program 816-960-6800 ext. 228 or email at [email protected]