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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 09:40 PM

Councilman faces ouster for allowing homeless man to sleep at City Hall

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS (KCTV) -
A bizarre controversy is brewing in Prairie Village, KS, over a city councilman who let a homeless man spend the night in restricted areas of city hall.

The front doors of city hall lock after hours, but there's a way in through the police department if someone has a special access code. Monday, the council will decide whether and how the councilman will be punished for handing over that code to a man who said he was in fear for his life.

City staff discovered the arrangement when they walked into the employee kitchen at 7 a.m. and saw the stranger sitting there on Oct. 31. The man, who said he was homeless, told police he had a code to the hall door leading to that area, a code he got from Councilman David Morrison, who later described the homeless man as an old friend.

Police pulled surveillance video and determined the homeless man was left alone in restricted areas several nights in a row.

more ...http://www.kctv5.com/story/20123120/councilman-under-fire-aft

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Reply Councilman faces ouster for allowing homeless man to sleep at City Hall (Original post)
proud2BlibKansan Nov 2012 OP
GETTINGTIRED Nov 2012 #1
BlueMan Votes Nov 2012 #2
proud2BlibKansan Nov 2012 #3
Fumesucker Nov 2012 #4
BlueMan Votes Nov 2012 #5
proud2BlibKansan Nov 2012 #6
RKP5637 Nov 2012 #7
BlueMan Votes Nov 2012 #8
RKP5637 Nov 2012 #9
proud2BlibKansan Nov 2012 #10
RKP5637 Nov 2012 #11

Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 09:50 PM

1. why not put him up in a hotel a few nights

while making some calls and trying to get him some type of assistance...

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Response to GETTINGTIRED (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 09:54 PM

2. i'm guessing that prairie village councilman isn't a high-paying position.

 

and if it were in fact an 'old friend'- he probably felt he could trust him.

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Response to BlueMan Votes (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 09:57 PM

3. Then why not put him up in his own house?

If he trusted him he should have just brought him home.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 09:59 PM

4. Perhaps the spouse would have objected?

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:11 PM

5. sick mom...?

 

Morrison said he didn't just let the man stay at his home because he lives with his mother who has an immune deficiency, and bringing guests into the home compromises her already fragile health.

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Response to BlueMan Votes (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:20 PM

6. LOL guess it helps to read the whole article.

Thanks!

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:23 PM

7. It would appear to be not a wise decision if the area is that restricted. n/t

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #7)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:45 PM

8. let's be honest here- just how 'restricted' could something be in prairie village KS...?

 

did he have access to launch codes or something?

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Response to BlueMan Votes (Reply #8)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:58 PM

9. Good point! I have no idea, but it seems a little over the top that they are

possibly throwing the book at him.

http://pvpost.com/2012/11/12/david-morrison-prairie-village-city-hall-homeless-man-humanitarian-act-13690

“Grounds for forfeiture of public office. Every person holding any office of trust or profit, under and by virtue of any of the laws of the state of Kansas, either state, district, county, township or city office, except those subject to removal from office only by impeachment, who shall (1) willfully engage in misconduct while in office, (2) willfully neglect to perform any duty enjoined upon such person by law, (3) demonstrate mental impairment such that the person lacks the capacity to manage the office held, or (4) who shall commit any act constituting a violation of any penal statute involving moral turpitude, shall forfeit such person’s office and shall be ousted from such office in the manner hereinafter provided.”

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #9)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:27 PM

10. I grew up in Prairie Village

Not surprised they want to throw the book at him.

It's a middle class suburban community that borders Mission Hills, the wealthiest neighborhood in the KC area. PV kids go to school with the Mission Hills kids. PV provides police protection for Mission Hills. And lots of folks in PV think their shit don't stink.

BTW, Thomas Frank the author is also from Mission Hills.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Reply #10)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 12:04 PM

11. I'm still working on leaving here. The politics continue to march ever rightward and I also don't

care for some of the people this rightward march appears (to me at least) to be attracting into the communities.

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