Kansas City civil rights groups renew calls for firing of Police Chief Rick Smith
Kansas City, Mo., Police Chief Richard Smith, middle, attends an event with President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on July 22, 2020. - Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America/TNS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A coalition of four activist and civil rights organizations met Friday to renew their demands for the removal of Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith, an action many have been calling for since June. In a 90-minute online presentation by members of the Urban Summit, leaders pointed to the historic rise in shootings in recent months, the number of unsolved homicides and Kansas City police officers who are facing criminal charges for excessive force. They also pointed to the killings of several Black men by police. "KCPD doesn't kill white folks like it kills Black folks," said...