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Kansas City police chief calls Cameron Lamb a ‘bad guy’

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City, Missouri, Sheriff Rick Smith faces new scrutiny a day after the city’s police council said Smith continued to receive their support.

It comes after prosecutors released video evidence in response to a Sunshine Law requirement after convicting Kansas City Police. Det. Eric DeValkenaere in the fatal shooting of Cameron Lamb.

A source close to the investigation confirmed to FOX4 that a voice in the video heard saying, “Everybody is good, houses are clear, bad guys are dead,” is KCPD Director Rick Smith. He responded on December 3, 2019, filming Lamb being killed after backing up his truck in a garage near East 41st Street and College Avenue.

The video was released during a pivotal moment in Smith’s divisional leadership.

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas made the following statement on Twitter:

It comes two weeks after a Jackson County judge sentenced DeValkenaere in a bench trial on charges of involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal act to shoot and kill Lamb.

Judge J. Dale Youngs said DeValkenaere and his partner had no good reason to be in Lamb’s garage and did not have a search warrant or evidence to obtain a search warrant.

After the judgment, Smith confirms he will retire in 2022 and said he never planned to hold the position for more than five years.

But Kansas City Leaders and Organizations continued to call for change and said the policing system and the justice system in general needed to be overhauled. Social justice advocates, some religious leaders and even a council member has been calling for Smith to resign or be removed from office for more than a year, much of it since the protest in the summer of 2020.

On Monday, following a caucus of the Kansas City Police Commissioner, the council released a statement to clear some of the perceived confusion.

The statement said the board continued to support Smith and never held a vote to terminate the sheriff.

FOX4 will continue to cover the news at 5 and 6 p.m. Tuesday, and on this site.

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