KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Mayor Quinton Lucas appeared on FOX News today, May 21, defending a recent proposal passed by city council that changes funding for the Kansas City Police Department.
Harris Faulkner toasted Lucas, suggesting the mayor was cutting funding for the police department. Lucas disagreed, saying the fundraising would actually help law enforcement and community safety.
“It’s actually just responsible funding for a police department,” Lucas said of the proposal, which went 9-4. “If you take money out of something and put it back into the same thing, that’s not a definancing.”
Opponents claim Lucas is attempting to halt funding for the police department, following a move to tightly control law enforcement spending following the death of George Floyd. Faulkner alleged that cities that have tried to shed funding have had “dismal” results.
“The difference between the Kansas City approach… we’re just transferring funds,” Lucas said, claiming that $ 45 million would be reinvested.
Lucas said the proposal simply gives city council more control over how police money is spent. The lawsuit would create a fund with the money after the state-mandated 20%, which local leaders would then allocate.
There are many who fear that money will in fact be deprived of staffing and hiring. An opposition council member said it would make the city “dangerous for our children and our families.”
However, Lucas said his goals are to make the community safer. He said the reallocation would go to recruitment and prevention measures.
When Faulkner asked about the violence in Kansas City, Lucas said the murders were not a new sub-police phenomenon.
“We’ve had a homicide crisis… for most of my life for 31 years,” Lucas said.
The Kansas City Fraternal Order of Police and some local state officials have spoken out against the measure.
See the full interview in the video player embedded in this story.
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