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Legislation #: 141003 Introduction Date: 12/4/2014
Type: Resolution Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBER REED AND COUNCILMEMBER CURLS
Title: Declaring the Kansas City Police Department’s East Patrol Division campus be named Leon Mercer Jordan East Patrol Campus and directing appropriate signage be placed to reflect this designation.  

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
12/2/2014 Filed by the Clerk's office
12/4/2014 Referred to Transportation & Infrastructure Committee
12/11/2014 Be Adopted as a Committee Substitute
12/11/2014 Assigned Third Read Calendar as Substituted
12/18/2014 Adopted as Substituted

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PRESENTATION Naming of East Patrol.pdf Other 814K Presentation East Patrol Naming
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141003-EastPatrolNaming.pdf Other 1408K East Patrol Communication

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COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR RESOLUTION NO. 141003

 

Declaring the Kansas City Police Department’s East Patrol Division campus be named Leon Mercer Jordan East Patrol Campus and directing appropriate signage be placed to reflect this designation.  

 

WHEREAS, the City is constructing a new facility that will serve as the home of the Kansas City Police Department’s East Patrol Division at a site located between E. 26th and 27th Streets and Prospect and Brooklyn Avenues; and

 

WHEREAS, this new East Patrol Division station is part of a muti-purpose campus that includes a community meeting room, a crime lab, and an evidence storage room, and will serve the public safety needs of a vast area of the City with a population of more than 80,000 people; and

 

WHEREAS, Leon Mercer Jordan was born on May 6, 1905, in Kansas City, Missouri, graduated from Lincoln High School, and worked as a teacher and caseworker for a relief agency before becoming one of the City’s first African-American police officers; and

 

WHEREAS, Jordan served three terms in the Missouri House of Representatives and with Bruce R. Watkins co-founded Freedom, Inc. through which they advocated for political awareness and involvement among African-Americans in Kansas City;

 

WHEREAS, true to his beliefs that “voting is the only economic and social salvation for black Americans,” Jordan was fundamental in organizing support for the adoption of the 1964 “public accommodations ordinance” in Kansas City; and

 

WHEREAS, Jordan was a dynamic leader, a true and gifted public servant and a civil rights leader and pioneer who dedicated his life to the fight against the policies and practices of racial segregation, discrimination, and exclusion embedded in society at the time; and

 

WHEREAS, at the time of his untimely death, the legal structure that supported racial segregation and discrimination had been removed, a testament to his work and efforts toward achieving justice, equality and freedom, for all; and

 

WHEREAS, in appreciation for his dedication and tireless efforts to improve the lives of African-Americans and all citizens of Kansas City, the Mayor and Council of Kansas City desire to recognize Leon Mercer Jordan’s legacy; NOW, THEREFORE, 

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY: 

 

That the Mayor and Council hereby declare the Kansas City Police Department East Patrol campus be named after Leon Mercer Jordan East Patrol Campus and direct that signage be placed to that effect; and 

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution be spread upon the Minutes of the Council in testimony of Leon Mercer Jordan’s unwavering commitment to our City. 

 

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