Campaigners call for impeachment of Kansas City police chief after comment

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A comment from Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith at the Cameron Lamb shooting scene has upset many, including Mayor Quinton Lucas.

The mayor said the chief’s words are harming the urban community.

A recording of Smith speaking to other officers at the scene, where Lamb was shot and killed by the Kansas City Police Detective. Eric DeValkenaere, has been released to satisfy a Sunshine Law request.

“Everyone is fine, the house is empty, the bad guy is dead,” Smith can be heard saying on the police dashcam recording.

Lucas responded on Twitter on Tuesday: “As the father of a black son and as a black man, it pains me to hear the audio during an official police investigation that denigrates another human being.” . I will ask Chief Smith for the veracity of the audio and withhold further comments until the end of our discussion. “

A small group of urban core activists expressed outrage at Smith’s comment Wednesday at the city council‘s finance committee meeting.

“(Smith) shouldn’t have any influence on next year’s budget,” said Ronald Hunt, who has been outspoken in calling for Smith’s impeachment.

“We need an interim person to replace the leader, and good people are lining up to take the leader’s place. We shouldn’t be having conversations because we can’t trust him. He lied to us. He betrayed the trust of the community. We cannot continue to let this man sit in the seat.

Last month, a Jackson County judge found DeVaulkenaere guilty of manslaughter in Lamb’s death.

The judge ruled on constitutional grounds, saying the police did not have sufficient grounds to come to Lamb’s property and enter his garage without his permission or a warrant.

The police department and the Fraternal Order of Police declined to comment on Smith’s comments.

A source close to the investigation confirmed to FOX4 that the voice heard in the video is Smith.

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