KANSAS CITY, Mo. —A two-day warrant sweep helped get 34 of Kansas City’s most wanted fugitives off the street.
Operation Street Audit, a police effort coordinated by Kansas City’s No Violence Alliance, started Monday. It involved 134 officers or agents with the Kansas City Police Department, U.S. Marshals and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Organizers said they were targeting 100 people who were wanted in connection with multiple violent crimes across the city.
Kansas City Mayor Sly James said the sweep was a direct result of recent violent crime in the city. He called violence the “slow mass murder of the urban core.”
In addition to getting nearly three dozen people off the streets, officers were also able to pick up a treasure trove of criminal intelligence.
“This enforcement does not end today. The investigators are following up on the large number of leads and the evidence that they gathered in this operation and it will lead to even more arrests and to getting more people involved in violent crime off of our streets,” James said.
Police said many of the people who were arrested are part of criminal groups or gangs.
Rosilyn Temple, of Mothers in Charge, said the sweep also aims to save the lives of the people who were arrested. Police said members of gangs and other types of criminal networks are 550 times more likely to be murdered than the average American.
James said that the other 66 people who are still at large are known to police. He said unless they turned themselves over to KC No Violence Alliance, their days of freedom are numbered.