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Last updated Jan. 20, 2020
No knock warrants
Kansas has not yet enacted a law eliminating the use of no-knock warrants. The use of no knock warrants is banned in Topeka.
Pending Legislation: HB 2133, introduced in January 2021, bans no-knock warrants.
While there is no restriction, those departments receiving 1033 equipment must undergo mandatory training regarding their use.
Military style training
Kansas has not yet enacted a law refocusing training away from self-defense responses and towards community centered training like that offered by Blue Courage.
Kansas has not yet enacted a law requiring the recording and cataloging of SWAT team use.
Civil asset forfeiture
Kansas has not yet enacted a law ending civil asset forfeiture. As it stands, Kansas law enforcement agencies keep 100% of forfeiture proceeds.
Kansas has not yet enacted a law ending quotas for low-level arrests.
Cost of misconduct
Kansas has not yet enacted a law requiring police departments (not state general funds) to cover the cost of misconduct. In 2018, an Overland Park officer responding to a calls worried about a potentially suicidal teenager. The teenager, who was in a vehicle as the officer arrived, began backing up towards the offficer, so he shot the car 13 times and killed the driver. After the city settled a $2.3 million lawsuit with the parents, the officer was offered $70,000 to resign.
Kansas has not yet enacted a law decriminalizing minor offenses that do not threaten public safety such as spitting and loitering.
Objective justification for stops
Kansas has not yet enacted a law requiring officers to establish objective justification for making a stop (i.e. not simply for furtive movement, suspicious activity, or matching a generalized description).
Reporting stop details
Kansas has not yet enacted a law requiring comprehensive reporting of police stops (noting location, race, gender, whether force was used and whether a firearm was found). Police departments in Kansas must maintain records of felony and misdemeanor charges, but aren't required to report that data unless it is explicitly requested by the Attorney General.
Reckless civil rights violation
Kansas has not yet enacted a law lowering the prosecution requirement from ‘willful’ to ‘reckless’ deprivation of another’s rights.
Kansas has not yet enacted a law institutionalizing an independent prosecutor within the state’s Department of Justice for instances of police misconduct. Locally, when Kansas City convened a Task Force on Community and Police Relations, it notably left out the county's district attorney--the first black man elected to the office in the county's history and a known advocate of reform. This move suggests that Kansans 'committed to reform' are wary of changing the current system of police prosecution.
Kansas has not yet enacted a law ending qualified immunity.
Mental health response
Kansas has not yet enacted a law creating and funding a mental health task force available to respond to crisis calls (in lieu of police). On a local level, Overland Park has instituted a process for mental health professionals to accompany police officers during crisis intervention.
Education, Housing, Community Health Resources
It is important to note that policing does not address the roots of social disadvantage and barriers to (economic) opportunity that often lead to crime. Nor should police be burdened with that responsibility.
Without access to quality resources in healthcare, education, and housing, our cities, neighborhoods, and families will continue to suffer. We should instead reassess the budgets of the state government and reinvest in the services that matter most.
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