Overland Park city council holds first open comment session

Andrei Stoica

9/14/2020- Overland Park, Kansas

Council members listen to residents at the first open comment session of the city council

After a year long quest, as Overland Park city council member Faris Farassati puts it, the effort led alongside council member Gina Burke to allow comments from citizens before public meetings took form as a thirty minute open comment session before Monday's city council meeting. The thirty minutes are divided into blocks of three minutes each for residents to inform the council on the shape of the city.

Monday's session saw several area residents demand change and transparency concerning the practices of the Overland Park police department, most recent the arrest of protesters in late July that the ACLU of Kansas called questionable. The speakers also included Sheila Albers mother of 17 year old police shooting victim John Albers that died after a call for a wellness check in 2018, who talked about the lack of easy access to documented complaints against the department.

The thirty minute sessions are planned before regularly scheduled city council meetings at the Overland Park Kansas city hall at 8500 Santa Fe Dr. The most up to date schedule can be found on the city's page at http://www.opkansas.org.

Rachel Hudson, representative from the organization Miller Dream who was present at the questionable arrests in late July speaks to the city council.

Published on 9/16/2020