Reactions continue to roll in after the chaotic Donald Trump-related protests from March 12 in downtown Kansas City.
▪ Police Chief Darryl Forté released a blog about why officers used pepper spray in the crowd, following the release of one video that made it appear the spraying was almost indiscriminate.
But the chief’s blog did not answer some of the questions a few City Council members had about what happened that night.
Because he was on vacation last week, the chief did not appear at a council meeting to discuss the Trump rally events.
That needs to happen soon to bring some closure to what happened and to give the chief — and any critics — chances to learn from the situation.
▪ Last Friday, law enforcement authorities arrested and charged a woman for slapping a police horse during the protests.
According to police, officers ordered the protesters out of the street and onto the sidewalk. But when many protesters refused, the horses were brought in.
Police have long said that the horses can help calm a situation. Most people like horses and, as a past chief once told me, they will pay more attention to what officers on a horse are telling them to do.
That allegedly did not happen in this case, leading to the charge against the woman who police said screamed in the face of the horse and then slapped it with an open hand.
While some people may think that was a minor event of the night, the police also can’t allow people to hit one of their service animals with impunity.
Fox 4 obtained a statement from PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch, which said in part:
“All animals feel pain, stress and fear just like we do, and they deserve our respect and protection. Horses are highly sensitive prey animals, and this poor horse was without a doubt already under a tremendous amount of stress as a result of the chaos, the crowds, the deafening noise of the angry protesters, and more. PETA commends the person who called the tip line so that this woman’s apparent cruelty to this horse does not go unpunished.”
The Trump-related protests of March 12 were not some of Kansas City’s finest moments.
Talking about what happened, and why, should help police and Kansas Citians do better in the future.