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Lawsuit: Kansas City police board denies rights of taxpayers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A lawsuit contends the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners was created and maintained for the discriminatory purpose of denying Black residents their right to control the police department. The lawsuit filed Tuesday by Gwen Grant, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Kansas City, also alleges that the police board violated taxpayer rights under a citizens’ initiative approved by voters in 1980 that limits state revenues and local taxes. KCUR-FM reports the Kansas City Police Department has not been under local control since 1939, when it was taken over by a state-controlled Board of Police Commissioners. 

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