Charles Carney, right, and two other persons hold signs outside a gathering July 16 in Kansas City, Kansas, for racial justice and freedom from police brutality.—Photo by Kristin Scheer

PeaceWorks leaders speak up for monitoring KCK police

“We, as citizens of Kansas City, Kansas, have no trust in the KCK police department,” Christopher Overfelt testified July 13 at a budget hearing for the Unified Government of Kansas City, Kansas, and Wyandotte County. Overfelt and three others from the PeaceWorks Board, speaking at the hearing, called for independent oversight of police. And by July 16, the Unified Government commissioners passed a budget including a new watchdog over the police.

Choking Racism

Ron Faust, a former Disciples of Christ minister, wrote this poem May 31 on the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis by police May 25. Faust’s poem begins:
It was so visible, so wrong/In contrast to the death snarl/Of an invisible pandemic attack
When an officer pressed the wind pipe/Of George Floyd to his death
Even after he pleaded, “I can’t breathe”/Which took the whole world’s breath away