Kansas City sharply divided over police chief's performance
July 10, 2020
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — After several nights of protest at the Country Club Plaza ended with tear gas and arrests, Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith waded into a crowd that was demanding reform.
Demonstrators wanted answers about police shootings of Black men, about Smith's lack of cooperation with the resulting investigations, and about his department's use of dangerous projectiles against the protesters.
Some chanted: "Fire Rick Smith!"
More than a month later, Smith shows no sign of going anywhere. Described by friend and foe alike as a chief in the mold of the rank-and-file, Smith w...