Forging Alliances:

Addressing Violence in Kansas City

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The inaugural program of APS’s KC Common Good series featured a screening of the documentary Uncommon Allies by filmmaker Jon Brick. The film focuses on the relationship between Mothers in Charge—an organization that assists the surviving family members of victims of shooting crimes—and the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department.

Following the movie, a talkback panel took place with a diverse group of individuals on the topic of addressing violence in our community. Panelists were Deidre Anderson (United Inner City Services), Deputy Chief Karl Oakman (KCPD), Rosilyn Temple (Mothers in Charge), and Johnny Waller (community member). The panel was moderated by Rev. Bob Hill.

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Crime Stoppers

The Kansas City Missouri Police Department partners with to bring residents the latest information about crime in their neighborhoods.

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The Debate Over Crime Rates is Ignoring the Metric That Matters Most: "Murder Inequality"

“Focusing on the neighborhood level is the best way to understand violence in America. Here are six charts that prove it.”

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National Institute of Justice

“Gun Violence” and “How Prevalent is Gun Violence in America?” present statistics on violent crime in the United States

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How Lead Caused America's Violent Crime Epidemic

“Violent crime rose as a result of lead poisoning because of leaded gasoline. It declined because of lead abatement policies.”

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Behind the Badge

Amid protests and calls for reform, how police view their jobs, key issues and recent fatal encounters between blacks and police.

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