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TheChat: Rob Schaaf says theft of money justifies deadly force


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▪ “I'm kind of like, it's my life savings, shoot him.” — Missouri state Sen. Rob Schaaf, a St. Joseph Republican, discussing when police officers should be allowed to use deadly force.

Turns out Missouri law on this issue is badly outdated based on a 1985 U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The current Missouri law, which became an issue last year with the shooting death of Michael Brown, now allows a police officer to use deadly force to stop a fleeing felon under any circumstances. Schaaf wasn’t convinced lawmakers had to act because officers in Missouri already are taught the law based on the Supreme Court ruling, which limits an officer’s options.

▪ “I don't understand what we are serving by requiring them to spend a semester and a half on a college campus in that process.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, who is objecting to the NCAA’s “one and done rule” that allows basketball players to leave after one year for the NBA.

The senator said she remains in the information-gathering phase and isn’t sure if there’s a legislative remedy. She’s been invited to speak in June to the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics in Orlando, Fla.

▪ “I can put my wheat in an elevator in Kansas, send it by rail down to the Gulf of Mexico, and put it on a ship that’s just a couple days away from the Havana Harbor. But my wheat is still going to lose out to wheat that has to be on a boat for a week from Canada or two weeks from France.” — Kansas wheat commissioner Doug Keesling, owner of Keesling Seed Farms in Chase, in a letter to Congress urging expanded farm trade with Cuba.

Keesling traveled to Cuba recently and concluded that the island nation has a lot of potential for Kansas farmers. Federal restrictions on trade with Cuba is what causes U.S. wheat to take a back seat to productss from other nations.