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Fri Mar 29, 2019, 08:58 PM

80 Years Post-Pendergast, Kansas City Mayoral Hopefuls Wonder If Local Control Of Police Is Worth It

Kansas City, Missouri, is the only major city in the country that does not control its own police department. Regaining that control from the state may be a big issue for Kansas Cityís next mayor ó if they decide itís worth the effort.

The city lost control of its police department because of rampant corruption. In 1932, boss Tom Pendergastís political machine challenged Missouri law to regain local control of the police department. It only lasted seven years.

Kansas City and St. Louisí department had been under state control since the years after the Civil War.

Kansas City historian Monroe Dodd said Pendergast effectively ran the police out of his office on Main Street. He says police wages were kept low back then ó so officers would be more likely to accept bribes.

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Fri Mar 29, 2019, 10:37 PM

1. STLMO finally got control of its police force couple/several years back. Finally. NT

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