The Kansas City Star 

Kansas City residents: Lack of trust in police drives crime


October 23, 2020

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Barbara J.K. Johnson was still in her Easter clothes when she ran out to her yard where a 14-year-old neighborhood boy lay on the ground, bleeding from a gunshot wound. He was dead by the time police arrived.

Such things happen too often on South Benton Avenue in Kansas City, where Johnson, a 75-year-old retired professor and teacher, lives. A few years earlier, another young man was shot in front of the house next to hers. Before that, it was an 8-year-old girl a few streets away.

Johnson tried to get help from police. She asked them to install a camera on her street,...

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