Deadly Shooting In Westport Renews Privatization Push

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A shooting that killed an off-duty police officer in Kansas City’s Westport bar and entertainment district has renewed the push among business owners to privatize stretches of two streets.

Westport business owner Bill Nigro says he and other business leaders want to privatize the streets so they can set up security, “wand” people, and prohibit guns. His comments came after Officer Thomas Orr was killed last Sunday on the patio of Californos restaurant after an argument between patrons. The 30-year-old wasn’t involved in the dispute. He was a school resource officer in Lee’s Summit.

Kansas City council members indefinitely postponed considering a privatization proposal just days before Orr was killed. Councilwoman Jolie Justus says the proposal would shift the weapons to the perimeter of the privatized area.

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