No, no he didn’t.
And, in fact, there are quite a few people and legal eagles who claim that his arguments are paper thin.
However, as a blogger, we have to be honest with readers and amid this stuff is above our pay grade and we look forward to brighter legal minds offering their insight.
WHAT WE KNOW FOR SURE . . . Is that surging violence and longstanding Kansas City problems have taken a backseat to this debate over legal theory and municipal governance litigation. Simply put: The former law lecturer turned Mayor is running KCMO like a 1L course rather than town with a billion dollar+ budget and a vast array of worsening disputes.
Fox4 offers the best summary . . .
The response claims that the lawsuit is legally and factually false.
In its answer to the Board of Police Commissioners lawsuit seeking a Writ of Mandamus that would overturn the city council’s action of transferring about $42 million to a new fund, the city argues approved ordinances did not violate Missouri law, and amount to “discretionary” actions not reversible by a court ordered Writ.
The filing notes that the city complied with the state law by funding the Kansas City Police Department at 20% of general fund revenues. Any amount beyond that, is discretionary.
It also notes that on several occasions in the past, the city council has revisited funding and cut the police budget, while in at least 60 other instances since fiscal year 2012, additional funding was provided.
Here’s the link round-up that’s mostly sympathetic to the mayor . . .
‘Legally and factually false:’ Kansas City files response to Police Board lawsuit
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City, Missouri, filed its response to a lawsuit filed by Kansas City’s Board of Police Commissioners over a change in the way the city funds its police department. The response claims that the lawsuit is legally and factually false.
KCMO files response to BOPC lawsuit, calling it ‘without merit’
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The City of Kansas City, Missouri, filed its response Tuesday to the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners’ lawsuit over ordinances changing the funding structure of the city’s police department .
Kansas City files response in police accountability lawsuit
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) — The City of Kansas City has filed its response to the Board of Police Commissioners’ lawsuit against the city pending in Jackson County Circuit Court. The response argues that the Board’s complaints against the city are both legally and factually false.
Kansas City Wants Police Board’s Lawsuit Dropped, Denies It Seeks To Control Force
The war of words around Mayor Quinton Lucas’s plan to reallocate a portion of the police budget is now in the courts, with the city responding to the Board of Police Commissioners lawsuit. Both sides say the other is violating state law.
KC leaders file response against BOPC lawsuit
Mayor Quinton Lucas. // Courtesy KC Government KC leaders filed their response to the KC Board of Police Commission today against the pending lawsuit in Jackson County Circuit Court today. It argued that the Board’s complaints against the city are legally and factually false.
Battle over KCPD funding continues with KCMO Mayor calling board’s actions ‘wholly without merit’
The City of Kansas City, Missouri, and Mayor Quinton Lucas have filed yet another response in the ongoing battle over funding of the Kansas City Police Department.
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