Group asks for Columbia police chief's resignation

3 years 8 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, July 19 2016 Jul 19, 2016 Tuesday, July 19, 2016 12:46:00 PM CDT July 19, 2016 in News
By: Christina Salonikas, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Race Matters, Friends is calling for Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton to resign.

The Columbia City Council meeting was heated Monday night after members of the group spoke about issues on racial profiling.

A KOMU 8 reporter witnessed the event unfold said that members of the group were angered by Burton's response to and interpretation of the police survey released Monday afternoon. Members began cursing at Burton and stormed out into the entryway of the building.

Once in the entryway, members began to circle up and continued to express their dislike of Burton. During some point in the meeting, members left and returned expressing their grievances again to the council. 

Council members responded to group members and said they have to work together and communicate effectively rather than continuing to walk away from each other. 

Speaker Traci Wilson-Kleekamp said, "We need to change our philosophy about policing so that it is about peace, not about managing bodies."

Member Tara Warne-Griggs went into detail during the city council meeting on vehicle stops, and data showing that minority groups are more frequently stopped, especially African American drivers. 

After all four speakers voiced their opinion, Burton shared his thoughts towards race issues in the community. Burton said, "I am sensitive to the fact that people may be believed they have been profiled, and maybe they actually have been."

Burton said that he has looked into all of the collected police data and said, "we don't have a racial profiling problem in Columbia."

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - As Missouri gears up for a long fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, University of Missouri System leaders are... More >>
3 hours ago Thursday, April 02 2020 Apr 2, 2020 Thursday, April 02, 2020 5:38:00 PM CDT April 02, 2020 in News
HOWARD COUNTY – As public safety agencies face major personal protective equipment shortages, a local dentist is making sure first... More >>
4 hours ago Thursday, April 02 2020 Apr 2, 2020 Thursday, April 02, 2020 4:34:00 PM CDT April 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Business is slow just about everywhere in mid-Missouri, but one local shop owner is using this time to... More >>
5 hours ago Thursday, April 02 2020 Apr 2, 2020 Thursday, April 02, 2020 4:07:00 PM CDT April 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA – Although it may not be the first thing that comes to mind, real estate is considered an essential... More >>
6 hours ago Thursday, April 02 2020 Apr 2, 2020 Thursday, April 02, 2020 2:32:00 PM CDT April 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Eighth grade English teacher Kelsey Roy is ready to be back with her students. Not over Zoom, but... More >>
6 hours ago Thursday, April 02 2020 Apr 2, 2020 Thursday, April 02, 2020 2:32:00 PM CDT April 02, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City Schools started offering a new way for students to receive meals during extended school closures... More >>
6 hours ago Thursday, April 02 2020 Apr 2, 2020 Thursday, April 02, 2020 2:21:00 PM CDT April 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — As state and commercial testing is more available for the Missourians, the number of confirmed cases is rising.... More >>
7 hours ago Thursday, April 02 2020 Apr 2, 2020 Thursday, April 02, 2020 2:00:00 PM CDT April 02, 2020 in News
CNN - The Democratic National Convention has been pushed back to the week of August 17 in the wake of... More >>
8 hours ago Thursday, April 02 2020 Apr 2, 2020 Thursday, April 02, 2020 12:31:00 PM CDT April 02, 2020 in News
According to a new study from the University of Georgia, hot weather can take a toll on your mental health.... More >>
9 hours ago Thursday, April 02 2020 Apr 2, 2020 Thursday, April 02, 2020 12:00:51 PM CDT April 02, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri announced they will be postponing commencement. The ceremonies were originally scheduled for May 15-17.... More >>
10 hours ago Thursday, April 02 2020 Apr 2, 2020 Thursday, April 02, 2020 11:10:00 AM CDT April 02, 2020 in News
In this COVID-19 town hall, KOMU 8's Emily Spain talks with Greg Tucker about how small businesses are struggling and... More >>
10 hours ago Thursday, April 02 2020 Apr 2, 2020 Thursday, April 02, 2020 10:58:00 AM CDT April 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Two former Mizzou football players are attempting to turn negatives around COVID-19 into an opportunity for the community.... More >>
10 hours ago Thursday, April 02 2020 Apr 2, 2020 Thursday, April 02, 2020 10:28:00 AM CDT April 02, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- The last three weeks have marked one of the most devastating periods in history for the American job... More >>
11 hours ago Thursday, April 02 2020 Apr 2, 2020 Thursday, April 02, 2020 9:52:02 AM CDT April 02, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. KOMU 8 News... More >>
12 hours ago Thursday, April 02 2020 Apr 2, 2020 Thursday, April 02, 2020 9:12:00 AM CDT April 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Three separate MU Zoom sessions were disrupted by individuals who entered the meetings uninvited and used "discriminatory... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, April 01 2020 Apr 1, 2020 Wednesday, April 01, 2020 8:59:00 PM CDT April 01, 2020 in News
CUBA, Mo. (AP) — An eastern Missouri man was charged with making a terrorist threat after he allegedly coughed toward... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, April 01 2020 Apr 1, 2020 Wednesday, April 01, 2020 8:22:00 PM CDT April 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA – As the COVID-19 pandemic forces more people to stay indoors, the beautiful weather is still drawing plenty of... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, April 01 2020 Apr 1, 2020 Wednesday, April 01, 2020 6:24:00 PM CDT April 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Paying rent has become a challenge for thousands of Missourians who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19.... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, April 01 2020 Apr 1, 2020 Wednesday, April 01, 2020 5:49:00 PM CDT April 01, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 63°
10pm 64°
11pm 63°
12am 61°
1am 58°