Yael T. Abouhalkah

Mayor James, a towed car and special treatment

Updated: 2013-05-08T15:05:54Z

The travails of Kyle James — the adult son of Sly James — continue to create negative public relations for Kansas City’s mayor and the city itself.

And while the mayor can’t be held responsible for the previous scrapes with the law that Kyle James has gotten himself into, the most recent problem is different.

In fact, it appears the Kansas City Police Department gave special treatment to the situation involving Kyle James’ car, which had been towed from in front of the mayor’s home in late April to a city lot because it had expired tags.

The Star story, found here, has the details. While the headline claims no favors were done in this situation because of the mayor’s involvement, that’s not what the facts show.

Essentially, one of the mayor’s bodyguards became involved in the situation. He called a supervisor in the police chief’s office to find out where the car was and why it had been towed.

Of course, other Kansas Citians would have found it difficult, if not impossible, to get right to the chief’s office to find out what had happened to their car. So the mayor and Kyle James had an advantage in this case over other Kansas Citians.

And there’s more.

The mayor relayed, through the bodyguard, that warrants issued against Kyle James had been taken care of earlier in April. Thus, the car supposedly could be released without the mayor or Kyle James paying a $200 fee, as the police say is done in cases when an error may have occurred.

However, it turns there was still one warrant outstanding.

The key sentence from the Star’s story:

“Police spokesman Capt Tye Grant said police did not verify what the mayor’s bodyguard relayed about the warrants, and they should have checked for warrants before ordering the car’s release.”

Just imagine if another Kansas Citian had called in to say everything was fine with their car, and there were no warrants, and it’s extremely likely the police would have insisted on seeing proof of that fact before releasing the car without a fee being paid.

In this case, though, the police took the word of the bodyguard in what looks like some professional courtesy.

The rules that likely would have applied to everyone else were not applied. And that’s special treatment by the police, unfortunately.

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