By Travis Perry | Watchdog.org | Sep 03, 2014 5:00 AM | 172
Law enforcement at the University of Kansas is implementing new technological measures to record video of all police interactions with the public.
There’s just one small catch: Officers wearing the cameras also control what – and when – it records.
By Travis Perry | Watchdog.org | Aug 29, 2014 12:36 PM | 37
Video footage and photos depicting Ferguson, Mo., police acting more like soldiers on the battleground has catalyzed a national debate over the role of military hardware in local law enforcement. But while Kansas cops have received everything from grenade launchers to mine-resistant armored vehicles, few – if any – have an issue with it.
By Travis Perry | Watchdog.org | Aug 21, 2014 1:12 PM | 101
The federal government’s now-infamous 1033 program has played a huge part it placing military surplus equipment into the hands of local law enforcement. But while the ramifications of such actions are on full display in Ferguson, Mo., the Sunflower State isn’t immune from the trend of police militarization.
By Travis Perry | Watchdog.org | Aug 20, 2014 5:00 AM | 147
The doom and gloom predictions of the state’s largest teachers union have not come to pass more than a year after Deerfield USD 216 faculty opted to boot out the Kansas National Education Association, according to teacher Doug Crandall.
By Travis Perry | Watchdog.org | Aug 15, 2014 10:11 AM
In many ways, the government is a bit of a necessary evil. But just because we need it around doesn’t mean it’s an all-knowing, benevolent force for good. Curious what governmental foibles have cropped up in the Sunflower State? Take a look back at our week in review for a recap.
By Travis Perry | Watchdog.org | Aug 15, 2014 5:00 AM | 72
Lenexa resident Tim Mahony feels like he has a target on his back, and public officials are taking aim.
Mahony didn’t expose a hive of public corruption or unearth an embarrassing foible by municipal leaders. No, he made the apparent mistake of contacting his local government too much.