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Politics
8:49 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Missouri's racial disparities in traffic stops mirror national trends

The Missouri attorney general's annual report on racial profiling shows little progress, despite efforts in Columbia to increase dialogue on the issue.

A new report showing that African-American drivers are more likely to be stopped by police in Missouri is consistent with finding across the United States, according to a researcher that worked on the state report released by Attorney General Chris Koster.  The report measures the racial disparity index,  a system to measure and compare the frequency that drivers of various ethnicities are stopped and the racial proportion of the population.

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Crime
2:54 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Columbia Police Chief speaks about crime

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Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton discussed the local crime rate and answered questions at the Boone County Democratic Muleskinners club meeting Friday.

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Crime
4:51 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Captain Dianne Bernhard appointed Deputy Chief of Columbia Police Department

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Chief Ken Burton announced the new Deputy Chief of the Columbia Police Department this morning. Captain Dianne Bernhard, a 20 year police veteran will now be responsible for overseeing the work of the police department's three main bureaus: Patrol, Operations Support and Administrative.

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Politics
11:09 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Columbia Police Captains now "at will" employees

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The Columbia City Council has approved an amendment that changes the status of Columbia's Police Captains from classified to unclassified employees. Under the new classification the police captains lose their right to due process and are now "at will" employees under Police Chief Kenneth Burton.

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Politics
4:20 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

FOP still pushing for removal of Chief Burton

Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton
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Columbia Police policies have changed but a police union is still calling for bolder action.

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PM Newscasts
4:59 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Newscast for April 26, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Columbia City Manager stands behind police chief Ken Burton.
  • A possible minimum wage increase.
  • Whistleblowers could face reduced protections
Columbia Police Department
4:48 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Columbia City Manager stands behind police chief

The Columbia Fraternal Order of Police, or FOP, is calling for the removal of Police Chief Ken Burton.  The Mayor and City Manager were sent a 349-page complaint that detailed grievances against Burton and his alleged violations.  City Manager Mike Matthes responded with his support of the embattled police chief.

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Politics
8:24 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Columbia police plan training on bias-free policing

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Columbia’s police department is conducting a day-long training next week on respectful community policing. It’s part of a larger effort and community discussion on improving the relationship between the police and the public. JESSICA PUPOVAC has this…

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