Yael T. Abouhalkah

February 28, 2014

KC unveils another way to attack its alarming murder rate

At its first meeting Friday, the Violence Free KC Committee — made up mostly of public officials and representatives of community groups — set the right tone. They said time and time again that they must collaborate better to attack Kansas City’s high rates of murder and violent crime.

At its first meeting Friday, the Violence Free KC Committee — made up mostly of public officials and representatives of community groups — set the right tone.

They said time and time again that they must collaborate better to attack Kansas City’s high rates of murder and violent crime.

City Council member Michael Brooks, the panel’s co-chairman, praised all the work the organizations have been doing.

But then he accurately noted, “We’re still looking at 100 homicides a year.”

That’s too many.

Kansas City can do better, and the committee needs to help make that possible.

The group is operating under the auspices of the Kansas City Health Commission.

I will have a longer report next week on what these officials hope to accomplish in the days ahead — and judge the chances of their success.

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