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Form letter from Joseph B. Shannon to the people of Kansas City in which Shannon provides a list and figures documenting the rise of crime and police brutality in Kansas City from 1921-24 with the police department controlled by Matthew Foster and The Kansas City Star. In the postscript, Shannon alleges that policemen were ordered to "pay monthly political assessments" and states that the past "four years of police administration cost the taxpayers of Kansas City $5,232,691.74."

Date: 
March 19th 1925

Three excerpts from Republican sources that document police brutality present in the Kansas City Police Department. Excerpts include an editorial from the Kansas City Star from August 30, 1921, a court opinion by Judge Thad B. Landon, and a statement from Attorney R. R. Brewster published on September 4, 1921. This broadside was produced to discourage Kansas Citians from voting for Kansas City Police Commissioner Matthew Foster, the Republican candidate for mayor.

Date: 
1922

Clipping from the Kansas City Post on February 26, 1925 showing three Kansas City policemen involved in a heist. The caption states, "Confessions they stole eleven cases of whisky from a $200,000 cache they found in a garage at 7112 East Fifteenth street, were made today by these three policemen. Their signed statements involve Joseph R. Gant, accused wrecker of the Centropolis bank. They are (1) Ira H. Miller, police chauffeur; (2) Lawrence Bowers, patrolman; (3) William F. Langford, patrolman."

Date: 
February 26th 1925

Clipping from the Kansas City Journal-Post that criticizes both candidates for mayor: Matthew Foster and Frank H. Cromwell. Foster, a Republican backed by the Kansas City Star, is described as being overzealous in his pursuit as Kansas City police commissioner to "stamp out vice and lawlessness". Cromwell, on the other hand, is accused of being backed by the Kansas City Democratic machine. The Journal-Post urges Kansas City to vote and make their voice heard.

Date: 
April 3rd 1922

Unknown Republican publication without volume or issue identification with excerpts from several St. Louis newspapers about the corrupting influence of Tom Pendergast in Kansas City, including the accusation that he chose the Democratic nominee for Governor. Crimes committed by Johnny Lazia and others are also described. The last page is titled "Pendergast Gang is Strictly 'Business'" [this portion could not be scanned due to adhesive].

Date: 
1932

Citizens' League Bulletin issue with the main article being a reproduction of a St. Louis Post-Dispatch report and editorial on Kansas City corruption and vice. Other articles document exorbitant car insurance premiums in Kansas City, pervasive public gambling and prostitution, and the relationship between Tom Pendergast and John Lazia.

Date: 
January 12th 1935

Clipping from the Kansas City Star on March 16, 1932 showing the Kansas City Police Department saluting Henry F. McElroy.

Date: 
March 16th 1932

Clipping from the Kansas City Star of Tom Pendergast, Joe Shannon, and Cas Welch dressed as old women and knitting while the Kansas City Police Department plays like children on the floor. The signs on the wall show, "God Bless Our Home", "Crime never pays", and "The way of the transgressor is hard".

Date: 
1931

Clipping from the Kansas City Star on April 22, 1931 shows a satirical concept for police badges to be used by "Goat", "Rabbit", and "Hybrid" factions controlled by Tom Pendergast, Joe Shannon, and Cas Welch, respectively.

Date: 
April 22nd 1931

Clipping from the Kansas City Times on October 20, 1966 describing the violence that erupted during the Municipal Election on March 27, 1934. The included photographs show damage done that day in 1934 to an automobile and building owned by the Citizens Fusion party, an anti-Pendergast organization in Kansas City. The article describes election day gang tactics, police complacency, padded voter rolls, and tactics used by Joe Doakes, a Pendergast machine precinct captain. The author then details the murder of Deputy Sheriff Lee Flacy, "a member of the L. C.

Date: 
October 20th 1966

Clipping from the Kansas City Star on February 15, 1931 showing Tom Pendergast, Joe Shannon, and Cas Welch enjoying Home Rule of the Kansas City Police Deparment while trading police action figures. The spectator comments, "What more do they want?"

Date: 
February 15th 1931
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