Kansas CIty Officer Fed up With Rising Crime, Walks to Jefferson City to Meet Governor


KANSAS CITY(KSHB)–With his flag attached Officer Kelly Sapp is off to see Governor Eric Greitens

“He’s a military guy,” said Sapp. “This is what we would do in the military when we wanted to make a statement.”

Sapp’s statement, walking… all 128 miles, to Jefferson City.

The military veteran has been with KCPD for 21 years. But now, he’s desperate for change — anything to stop Kansas City’s rising violent crime.

“The lack of respect for life is the worst I’ve ever seen it,” said Sapp.

Crime that’s on pace to break the 18-year high in homicides set last year– even children aren’t immune.

Three-year-old Marcus Haislip the third was killed in crossfire from a triple shooting just last week.

So Sapp is hoping the governor can do something, anything — hopefully finding inspiration in Sapp’s journey.

Without resting, officer Sapp is expected to make it to the capitol Thursday morning. His biggest challenge he’s worried about?

“No QuikTrips along the way, the heat and just trying to find a cold Mountain Dew.”

But of course, while Sapp’s journey may be relatively dangerous, it’s nothing compared to the danger many face in Kansas City on a regular basis.

“I’ve never seen so many of our youngsters getting wounded, getting killed,” added Sapp.

In fact, it was a youngster who inspired Sapp to make this walk to the state capitol.

6-year-old Nasir, a Kansas City boy officer Sapp mentors, who recently asked him for a flashlight.

“Because he was afraid that someone would kick in the door or someone had snuck in and they were going to try and kill him or his brothers.”

So now, Sapp is off on his 46 hour trip to Jeff City, hoping change is on the horizon.

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