law enforcement

GEORGE KENNEDY: Community Conversation About Profiling Gains Momentum

Aug 28, 2017
Missouri School of Journalism

  Near the end of Tuesday night’s “community engagement” conversation at the Second Missionary Baptist Church, the convener, the Rev. Carlos Taylor, asked what I’m sure he intended as a rhetorical question.

“How many people here have no faults?”

From the nearly 200 of us in the sanctuary, not a single hand went up. Rev. Taylor made his point: “We’re all flawed. We have imperfect people on all sides, but we all want Columbia to be a better community.”




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There are two weeks left for the Missouri Legislature to pass bills, and some Democrats are frustrated another year has passed without major changes to the state's law enforcement policies.

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A year ago Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed HB 2040 into law, allowing law enforcement officers and certified firefighters to carry and administer naloxone, the opiate overdose antidote.

Naloxone, or Narcan as it’s sometimes called, instantly reverses an overdose. And while the law has been in an effect for over a year, Missouri law enforcement agencies have not begun to use the drug.

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Law enforcement could not track the location of an electronic or cellular device without a warrant under a bill passed by the Missouri House.