Kansas City, Missouri 2021-05-05 19:07:08 –
Kansas City, Missouri — In Kansas City, Missouri, getting a J-Walking ticket may be a long time ago.
The city council will consider a proposal to abolish existing legislation on Thursday. The bill, sponsored by KCMO Mayor Quinton Lucas, was approved by the Transport, Infrastructure and Steering Committee on Wednesday.
According to Lucas, J-walking breaches do not make people safer and often lead to unnecessary interactions with law enforcement agencies.
At a hearing on Wednesday, Lucas’ legal counsel, Jane Brown, elaborated on 123 J-Walking Tickets written between 2018 and 2020. The data show that the law is disproportionately affecting the color community.
Of the 123 tickets written, Brown said that 65% were written by people and 34% were written by whites.
According to Brown, 83% are written for men and 16% for women.
Mr Brown said the issue of racial disparity goes beyond mere J-walking.
“Overall, looking at the cases of all pedestrians during that period, not just J-Walking, 54% of the tickets were written for blacks and 45% for whites,” Brown said.
There are other ordinances in the city, and there are tickets that let you know that someone inadvertently crossed the street and endangered yourself or others.
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