Anti-Violence Group Releases Final Recommendations

MayorThe Citizens’ Task Force on Violence recently rendered its findings after a 12-month study which included comments from various groups from around the City and 12 public meetings.

According to the report, several subcommittees were formed that also met within their committee to address specific issues within their subcommittees such as gun violence and domestic violence one of the City’s ever growing problems.

The Task Force received formal presentations from:
• The Academy for Integrated Arts
• Aim4Peace
• Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
• Kansas City Health department
• Kansas City Law Department
• Kansas City Police department
• Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

The Task Force also heard from individuals and organizations gave presentations as well as email recommendations and written recommendations and online recommendations through the portal that was set up for the Task Force.

The Task Force reviewed all of the material submitted as well as materials recommended by previous Kansas City, Missouri Commission on Violent Crime groups in 2006 and 2013.

One of the areas of focus centered around guns.

There were 127 homicides in the Kansas City area during 2016 when the Task Force met. Of those, an alarming number of homicides, 116 were committed with a firearm either a rifle or handgun.

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Arkansas Executions: State Kills One Inmate And Then Two Death Row Inmates In One Night


The state of Arkansas executed death row inmate Ledell Lee late Thursday, April 20, its first death sentence in more than a decade and the first of four inmates scheduled to die before the end of the month when a crucial lethal injection drug is set to expire.

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear five last-minute appeals by Lee’s attorneys to stay his execution, which began at 11:44 p.m. Lee was pronounced dead at 11:56 p.m., Arkansas Department of Correction Director Wendy Kelly said.

Lee, 51, was sentenced to death in October 1995 in Pulaski County, Arkansas, for the murder of 26-year-old Debra Reese. He declined to make a final statement, officials said. Three media witnesses reported that Lee remained under sedation during the procedure.

“His last meal request was that he receive communion, and he was given communion this afternoon,” Department of Correction spokesman Solomon Graves told reporters.

Because communion — a bread wafer and a small amount of wine representing the body and blood of Jesus Christ — was not a full meal, the Department of Correction offered to provide a meal on his behalf to the rest of the prison population. Lee declined.

The execution caps days of legal jostling by Lee’s defense lawyers and attorneys for the state of Arkansas over the state’s right to use a paralytic as part of its lethal injection cocktail. A court OKd the drug earlier Thursday.

Also part of the lethal injection drugs used on Lee was the controversial sedative midazolam. Arkansas’s store of the drug is set to expire at the end of the month and is what triggered the Department of Correction to plan an unprecedented string of eight executions in 10 days this month.

Midazolam has also come under fire for its reported lack of effectiveness in some instances. The sedative is supposed to render death penalty inmates unconscious and unable to feel pain during their executions, but in cases in Oklahoma, Alabama, Arizona and Ohio in recent years, inmates were reportedly conscious and showed signs of extreme pain.

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Red Tail Exhibit In Kansas City Through Today

Red Tail ExhibitThe Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadron, America’s tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, is hosting its unique traveling exhibit, “Rise Above,” from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day which began on Wednesday, April 19 until today, at the George Melcher Elementary school, which is located at 3958 Chelsea Ave.

The CAF Red Tail Squadron’s program brings the inspirational history of the Tuskegee Airmen alive and out of the textbooks. “Rise Above” is a unique way to experience the inspiring story of America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel. This traveling exhibit is a fully functional, 53-foot mobile movie theater featuring the original panoramic film, “Rise Above,” and designed to take the audience on a journey through time and through the air.

The theater’s dynamic 160-degree panoramic screen creates the sensation of being in the cockpit soaring above the clouds in a P51C Mustang, the signature aircraft of the Tuskegee Airmen. It’s much more than a history lesson; the Tuskegee Airmen’s ability to triumph over adversity serves as a means to inspire others to rise above obstacles in their own lives and achieve their goals.

Student groups that attend a showing will receive a free CAF Red Tail Squadron inspiration dog tag featuring their six guiding principles: Aim High, Believe in Yourself, Use Your Brain, Be Ready to Go, Never Quit and Expect to Win. The CAF Red Tail Squadron’s visit to Melcher Elementary is made possible by Trice Education Resources, Inc., Bob Sight, Inc. dealership and Adams Point Conference center. The organization of the event was made possible through a partnership with Friendship Baptist Church’s Adopt-A-School Ministry.


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