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Homicide Total Reaches A Four Year Low With 35

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 By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

For the first time in at least the past four years Kansas City has experienced a new low in homicides year to date with 35.
In 2013, around this same time there were 53 homicides and the year ended with 100.
In 2012, around this same time there were 50 homicides and the year ended with 105.
In 2011, around this same time there were also 53 homicides and the year ended with 111.
In 2010, around this same time there were 56 homicides and the year ended with 102.
Although 34 homicides is really nothing to brag about it is a vast improvement of what has taken place in years past.
Unfortunately, the largest group of homicide victims continues to be black males between the ages of 17 to 24 where there have been 13 victims. And 20 of the City’s 34 homicide victims have been black males.
The next largest group were victims between the ages of 35 to 44 at eight victims followed by victims between the ages of 25 to 34 at seven.
Those ages 45 and over constituted six of the City’s homicide victims.
Black males continue to lead all groups of homicide victims at 20 followed by Hispanic males with five and white males and black females tied at four.
No white females, or Asian male or females have been killed in the first half of the year and only one Hispanic female has been killed.
A total of 26 victims were killed with handguns. Two victims were stabbed and four victims died as the result of blunt force trauma.
One victim has died from an unknown method and one died from a other means.
East Patrol leads all Patrol divisions with 15 homicides.

 

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Rememberance Service Sparks Movement To Name New Police Station After Leon M. Jordan

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By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

On the 44th anniversary of the assassination of Leon Mercer Jordan some people throughout the community gathered at the Green Duck to remember the “state’s most powerful black politician”, at the very site where he was killed on July 15, 1970. Some longtime Freedom members cried out for the re-organization of the political organization, Freedom, Inc., that Jordan helped found amid the movement to name a Police station after him.
Wednesday sparked the official movement to gather 10,000 signatures to present to the City Council so that the new Police station being built on 27th and Prospect be named after Jordan.
“We are starting a petition drive to gather 10,000 signatures to get the name of the Police station changed to the Leon M. Jordan Police station,” Jimmy Watts said.

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Fifteen Years Later, Senate Confirms Missouri Jurist To Federal Bench

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By Paul Kane
Washington Post
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ronnie White got the phone call 15 years later than expected. It came from Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), thanking him for his patience.
“Justice delayed is not justice denied,” Durbin said Wednesday, recalling his conversation with White.
Hours later, on a mostly party-line vote, the Senate confirmed White to be a U.S. District Court judge in Missouri. It was a marked reversal from the first time he was up for a lifetime appointment to the federal courts.
In 1999, the GOP-controlled Senate denied White — the first black justice on the Missouri state Supreme Court — a seat on the federal bench. That stunning rejection became an escalating flash point in the Washington confirmation wars that have long pitted Democrats and Republicans against each other.
The political echoes rang on for years, including in an epic 2000 Senate race and in a confirmation battle for U.S. attorney general in 2001.
Wednesday’s roll call vote on White’s nomination also continued a brutally partisan battle over President Obama’s executive and judicial nominees. White’s confirmation was possible only because Senate Democrats unilaterally changed filibuster rules last fall and eliminated the requirement for a super-majority to move presidential appointments.
Since then, the Senate has been locked in a procedural dirge that has left senators discouraged by the notion that the only votes they cast anymore are to confirm nominees such as White.
Durbin, who has seen confirmation fights up close as a Judiciary Committee member, hoped that White’s confirmation would be a calming moment.
“I’m looking for any sign of healing,” he said in an interview.

 

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