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‘Who are you protecting?’ Protesters call for KCPD to hire more Black police officers

During Tuesday’s meeting of the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners, a community activist group held a silent protest urging the police department to recruit, hire and retain more Black and Brown officers, especially women.

The group, Good Trouble KC, stood on the steps of the Kansas City Police Department’s downtown headquarters holding signs that read “Who Are You Serving?” “Who Are You Protecting?” and “Gun Control Will Protect Police Officers and The Public.”

The activists asked the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners to hire an outside firm to study racial inequity and unconscious bias in the police department.