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After dismissing concerns over missing Black women, Kansas City now grapples with the chilling discovery of Jaynie Crosdale’s body, further validating the specter of a “serial killer” or an accomplice still at large. The tragic outcome contradicts the official police narrative, driving urgent demands for transparency and accountability in the handling of a botched high-profile case that has failed so many.
In a major shift led by Decarcerate KC, the Kansas City Alternatives to Incarceration Commission made a groundbreaking vote not to recommend any new jail beds to the city council. This victory, borne of steadfast community advocacy, underscores the city’s growing momentum towards exploring innovative alternatives to incarceration and rejecting the idea of a new jail.
A horrifying racial execution took the life of Jon Rone Jr., a kind, loving Black man who was brutally murdered in broad daylight by white supremacist, Sean Tonkin, outside a Kansas City gas station. The 36 year old white man told eye-witnesses he wanted to “f*ck up a n*gger” before stabbing and killing Rone Jr. To the family’s shock, now two weeks after the incident the white man only faces a “peace disturbance” charge.