The Kansas City police will no longer be cracking down on street-crossers who can't stay inside the lines. But before you applaud the department for realizing the stupidity of devoting resources to jaywalking in a city beset by actual crime problems, you should probably know that they haven't figured that out at all.
Nope, no enlightenment to see here: The force just backed out when someone pointed out that their sting happened to coincide with the NAACP's national conference. They'll probably start busting jaywalkers as soon as all the black people go home.
As we told you earlier this week, the KCPD -- led by a white deputy chief, Cy Ritter -- planned to deploy plain-clothes police throughout downtown in an effort to crack down on jaywalkers. Apparently under the impression that it's rogue street crossers that rank KCMO among America's most dangerous cities, the department dispensed tips on how to safely cross the street and planned to ticket offenders.
They had a press conference and everything.
But then members of the local black community got suspicious: Was it a coincidence that this crackdown happened to start right before next week's NAACP conference? It almost certainly was -- I'm pretty sure cops have devised more sinister ways over the years to fuck black people -- but that didn't stop the issue from becoming an issue, apparently leading to a heated black-on-white debate at a police board meeting on Tuesday.
Kansas City Police: Wasting time and taxpayer money in highly creative ways every day.