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File #: 220752    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 8/25/2022 In control: Finance, Governance and Public Safety Committee
On agenda: 9/14/2022 Final action: 9/22/2022
Title: Amending Chapter 38, Code of Ordinances, by repealing Section 38-43. Powers and Duties and Section 38-65. Incident Reports and enacting in lieu thereof new sections of like number and subject matter to expand the Kansas City Human Rights Commission's task force powers to include investigation of bias incidents, including review of police incident reports.
Sponsors: Melissa Robinson
Attachments: 1. No Fact Sheet 220752, 2. Fiscal Note - TEMP ordinance 220752, 3. 220752com, 4. Authenticated Ordinance 220752
ORDINANCE NO. 220752

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Amending Chapter 38, Code of Ordinances, by repealing Section 38-43. Powers and Duties and Section 38-65. Incident Reports and enacting in lieu thereof new sections of like number and subject matter to expand the Kansas City Human Rights Commission's task force powers to include investigation of bias incidents, including review of police incident reports.

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WHEREAS, the 2022 Annual Report of the City's Civil Rights and Equal Opportunity department (CREO) found 91 bias crime incidents recorded by the Kansas City Police Department (KCPD) over 2020-21; and

WHEREAS, approximately 44% of these bias crime incidents involved a victim who was black; and

WHEREAS, approximately 44% of these bias crime incidents involved physical violence and 29% involved harassment; and

WHEREAS, Kansas City has seen an increase in bias crimes against faith-based and LGBTQ+ communities and the City recommits itself to standing against hate in all forms; NOW, THEREFORE,

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

Section 1. That Chapter 38, Code of Ordinances, is hereby amended by repealing Sections 38-43 and 38-65 and enacting, in lieu thereof, new sections of like number and subject matter to read as follows:

Sec. 38-43. Powers and duties.

(a) The commission may adopt rules of procedure consistent with Chapters 213 and 536, RSMo, and this chapter.

(b) The commission shall prepare an annual report to be presented to the mayor and council concerning the conditions of minority groups in the city, with special reference to discrimination, civil rights, human relations, hate group activity, bias crimes and bias practices and attitudes among institutions and individuals in the community. The report may also include other social and economic factors that influence conditions of minority groups, as well as the causes of these conditions and the effects and implications to minority gro...

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