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KCPD tracking reports of aggressive panhandling by homeless

September 7, 2019


HIS CASE. STEVEN:
THE KANSAS CITY MISSOURI POLICE
DEPARTMENT IS TRACKING REPORTS
OF AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR FROM THE
HOMELESS COMMUNITY TONIGHT. KMBC 9’S KELEIGH GIBBS IS LIVE
WITH THE ISSUES BEING REPORTED
AND WAYS YOU CAN HELP. KELLY: WHILE POLICE SAY
PANHANDLING ISN’T ILLEGAL, THEY
DO WANT TO KEEP THE COMMUNITY
SAFE. THOSE WITH THE CITY UNION
MISSION SAY MANY OF THE
CHALLENGES RELATE TO MENTAL
HEALTH ISSUE
>>WE’RE SEEING MORE AND MORE
COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE HOMELESSNESS OR MORE EFFECTIVELY
THE AGGRESSIVE PANHANDLING. REPORTER: THAT KIND OF
AGGRESSION, CAN CREATE UNSAFE
SITUATIONS, FOR SHOPPERS OR
DRIVERS NAVIGATING BUSY ROADS.>>I’M NOT SAYING PANHANDLING IS
ILLEGAL BUT I’M SAYING WHERE
YOU’RE DOING IT AND HOW YOU’RE
DOING IT COULD CAUSE HARM TO THE
COMMUNITY. REPORTER DAN DOTY OF THE CITY
UNION MISSION, HAS ALSO NOTICED
THE TREND. WE HAVE DEFINITELY SEEN THE
AGGRESSION MORE AND MORE. REPORTER: HE SAYS MANY OF THE
ISSUES, ARE RELATED TO MENTAL
HEALTH. TO HELP TACKLE THE PROBLEM THIS
YEAR THE CITY UNION MISSION
BEGAN A MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM
FOR 15 MEN
>>ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT
THINGS IS TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO GET EVALUATED. REPORTER WHILE IT IS A SMALL
STEP, DAN SAYS ANOTHER BIG PART
OF THE SOLUTION IS EDUCATING THE
PUBLIC ENCOURAGING PEDESTRIANS
AS WELL AS THOSE PASSING BY, NOT
TO MAKE A CASH DONATION. BECAUSE THERE IS NO WAY OF
KNOWING WHAT THEY ARE REALLY
DOING WITH IT FOR THE MOST PART
IT IS NOT GOOD THINGS. REPORTER: OTHER TIPS, NEVER LET
SOMEONE INSIDE OF YOUR CAR
ACTION
>>THE VERY BEST THING PEOPLE
CAN DO IF YOU WANT TO GIVE A
SUPPLY A BOTTLE OF WATER WITH A COUPLE OF SNACKS AND ALSO ONE OF
OUR CARD
REPORTER:
IF YOU’D LIKE TO HELP FURTHER,
DAN ALSO SAYS MONETARY DONATIONS
TO THE CITY UNION MISSION ALWAYS HELP, PRAYER SUPPORT IS WELCOME,
AND THE GROUP IS ALWAYS LOOKING
FOR VOLUNTEERS. REPORTING IN KANSAS CITY KELEIGH
GIBBS KMBC 9 NEWS. STEVEN: THE CITY UNION MISSION
USUALLY HOUSES ABOUT 400 PEOPLE
A NIGHT, THAT NUMBER CAN NEARLY
DOUBLE DURING THE WINTER MONTHS. HALEY: NEW TONIGHT THE PENTAGON
SA

1 Comment

  • Reply AnnieO100 May 11, 2018 at 2:17 am

    They're drug addicts mostly.

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