Activist's Bombshell Speech Against Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners Viewed 3 Million Times

An activist delivered an impassioned speech during a meeting of the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners that has gone viral on social media.

The board's monthly meeting ended abruptly after a stream of activists, clergy and community groups demanded the board take a vote to remove Rick Smith, the police chief in Kansas City, Missouri.

But before it ended, one of those activists, Keiajah Brooks, called out Smith for using photo opportunities with Black children for PR purposes while being complicit in their "oppression and denigration."

She then went on to drag members of the board, which included telling the board's president Don Wagner: "You age like trash when you're racist."

Brooks livestreamed her remarks on Instagram, where it has garnered almost 200,000 views. But videos of her speech quickly amassed almost three million views after being posted on Twitter.

"Fair warning, I'm not nice and I don't seek to be respectable," Brooks said. "I'm not asking y'all for anything 'cause y'all can't and won't be both my savior and my oppressor. I don't want reform. I want to turn this building into luxury low-cost housing. These would make some really nice apartments."

She continued: "Firstly, stop using Black children as photo opportunities 'cause they're cute now, but in 10 years, they're Black male suspects in red shirts and khaki shorts. Eating cookies and drinking milk with children does not absolve you of your complicity in their oppression and denigration, Rick Smith…. 'cause Kansas City will spend more on police than education then try to encourage children to feast with their oppressors. Y'all are really weird."

She also condemned the vilification of those decrying police brutality and racial injustice. "It's asinine to be called radical or home-grown terrorists for not wanting government employees to kill citizens in any instance, so I'm not here begging anything of soulless white folks and self-preserving Black folks," she said.

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"You get one life, and you all in this room have chosen profits over people and that's pathetic. So I'm going to spend the next two minutes reading y'all for filth, something I'm sure nobody has ever done."

She referred to Nathan Garrett as a "former FBI agent who exudes white privilege and is the epitome of mediocrity."

She told Wagner that he had "nothing but pure apathy seeping through the bulging veins of your paper-colored skin."

"You age like trash when you're racist and subject others to violence," she also told him.

"You have blood on your hands," she told Smith, adding that "while these idiots hold you on a pedestal, God does not honor injustice and murder."

She ended her speech by invoking a Bible verse. "Anyways, I'll leave you soulless, profit-driven, avaricious, greedy, godforsaken humans, including anyone who works in this building, with one Bible verse," she said.

"From the Bible, detailing the life of Jesus. Jesus Christ, who was another unarmed Black man murdered by authorities in the book you Hell-bound people claim to love so much. 'What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit its soul?'"

Brooks and the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners have been contacted for comment.

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Keiajah Brooks delivered an impassioned speech during a meeting of the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners that has gone viral on social media. Screenshot