Wednesday, March 21, 2012

KCKPD acknowledges “procedural issue” in double-murder investigation


In response to a report by KCTV5, the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department has acknowledged that the department is looking into a procedural issue brought up during the double-homicide investigation involving the deaths of Keith Barrett and Renesha Jones by the Metro Squad.

Jones and Barrett were murdered in their apartment on March 4.

Following the homicides, the Metro Squad – an elite law enforcement group consisting of 14 detectives around the Kansas City metro area – was called in to help with the investigation.

This morning, KCTV5 reported three detectives within the Metro Squad have filed a formal complaint against a “top-ranking KCK commander.” A name of the commander was not listed in the story.

The claim says the commander may have violated the civil rights of one of the prime suspects and the commander “interfered” during the investigation.

Those violations could put the entire case in jeopardy.

This afternoon, the police department issued a statement about the investigation and acknowledged the complaint from Metro Squad:

“We are looking into a procedural issue that was brought to our attention during the Metro Squad investigation,” the department said in a statement. “The Police Department is still following up on leads and anticipates submitting a case to the District Attorney's office for the filing of charges in the next couple of weeks.”

In the statement, the department also solicited the public for more information on the case.

If you have information about the murders, contact the police department the TIPS Hotline at (816)474-TIPS.