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Today, we will look at a recent Section 1983 lawsuit[1] against members of the Kansas City, Missouri Tactical Team and their use of a Flash/Sound Diversionary Device. The 8th Circuit was one of the increasingly few circuit courts that had not ruled on the use of these devices, so for those of you working in Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota, the 8th Circuit has provided guidance on the use of these devices.

Kansas City SWAT

Both Shop and Sanchez grew up in the Kansas City area, they said, and were ecstatic to be a part of the 2018 Back2KC program, which annually invites a curated group of highly skilled former Kansas City-area residents back to the city to reintroduce them to the growing innovative spirit and creative culture of the metro.

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- Columbine main page - Columbine archive - AP special section - How to share your thoughts - Contribute to The Healing Fund - How to get help - Victim funds - Join the discussion in Your Voice - Create a memorial page - Harris bio - Klebold bio - Image and tragedy - Where's the blame?columbine - tragedy and recoveryState's colors changefrom golden to grimBy Michael BoothDenver Post Staff Writer May 2 - The photo album Colorado likes to hand out to the world looks something like this: The Maroon Bells framed by golden aspen, soaring above a glittering lake. The pope waving to thousands of beaming children at Cherry Creek Reservoir. John Elway waving the Super Bowl trophy from atop a fire truck surrounded by a half-million adoring fans. Now the photo album has a new cover. It shows teenagers in the prime of life fleeing a smoking school with their hands over their heads, while SWAT teams aim assault rifles at unseen killers. How long that last image remains a flaw in the previously solid-gold reputation of Colorado may become clear over the next few months. Professional image-makers from around the nation believe the horrifying scene at Columbine High School will fade in time and move to a less prominent place in the collective photo album. But the deaths of 14 teenagers and a teacher have altered the portrait of Colorado that presents both a danger and an opportunity, experts said. Millions of previous visitors to the Rocky Mountains carried back home with them a glowing image of the state that will incline them toward sympathy to the people of Colorado even in the face of disaster, they said. And the nationally broadcast images of people from all over the metro area standing together in memorial to the dead will do much to counter other TV images of terrified students fleeing a school surrounded by SWAT teams. But the long-term impact on how people around the world perceive Colorado will depend on local efforts to help alter the culture in which the killers grew up, experts added. "All of us, whether we live in Kansas City or Atlanta or Seattle, all have been going through this with the citizens of Littleton for the last week," said Mike Swenson, president of a Kansas City public-relations firm and former spokesman for the Kansas governor. "Colorado has a huge positive image with a lot of people," Swenson said, and the public has sympathy for the state's position as victim of a tragedy. "Being a victim can be good, better certainly than being the villain, but you don't want to stay there forever." The headlines appearing around the nation are a sharp turnaround for a state that has ridden positive images from a nearly decade-long economic boom, the pope's visit, the world leader summit, and major sports championships. "Massacre in Colorado" read the cover of one national magazine last week. Images of bloodied and screaming children were broadcast live round the clock by the same platoon of media following the space shuttle disaster and the Oklahoma City bombing. "Certainly crisis management is what we're talking about here," Swenson said. "There's no question that unfortunate events have a negative impact on image," said Phillip White, an associate marketing professor on leave from the University of Colorado at Boulder. "Does that negative impact carry over to other aspects of image? I'd say it's an open question, but on balance, probably not." Part of the reason it does not, the publicity experts said, is the very reason that the images projected from Colorado last week hit so many viewers so hard. Terrified children may inspire fear in the viewer, but they also inspire sympathy and protectiveness. "The media has done a pretty good job to convey the message that what happened there can happen anywhere," said Fred Sater, who has dealt with any number of man-made and natural disasters as media manager for the California Division of Tourism. "I don't think it's unique to Littleton, Colorado, by any means." Other school killings have not had a lasting impact on the overall perception of a community or state, said Tom Preston, a crisis media consultant in Kentucky and former public spokesman for the state. Paducah, Ky., is one of the small towns that Littleton has now joined on a list of those that have suffered school-related violence, along with Springfield, Ore. When news of a teenage shooting hits the national media, "the average individual recognizes that it could happen in his or her community just as well as somewhere else," Preston said. "If your reputation is strong anyway, that is going to carry you through periods of diversity. Denver has a good international and national reputation as a great city," Preston said. "Think of all the people who have visited there; those people will have a good feeling for Denver." Seeing the state contribute solutions to teenage violence will bolster that good feeling, experts said, using Swenson's metaphor of moving from the victim to the hero. "It presents a tremendous opportunity to demonstrate to the rest of the country, and even the world, that we understand this happened in our community, and we want to figure out a way to help others keep it from happening," Swenson said. An official in Oregon, which suffered from news of last year's school shooting in Springfield and a beached freighter leaking oil onto pristine coastline near Coos Bay, said the images that stick with the public are impossible to predict. Despite the shootings and the freighter disaster, what generated the most national phone calls in Oregon was the plight of a lowly canine - an impounded dog in the southern part of the state, threatened with death because it had chased cattle. Colorado has had other stains on its reputation, with more lingering effects than any that may emanate from Columbine. Passage of the anti-gay-rights Amendment 2 in 1992 prompted an economic boycott that cost millions in convention business, while the unsolved 1996 killing of JonBenét Ramsey in Boulder remains tabloid fodder. Moreover, the 1984 murder of talk show host Alan Berg and the 1997 killings of Denver police officer Bruce VanderJagt and African immigrant Oumar Dia set off small flurries of national speculation that Colorado suffered from a neo-Nazi problem. Despite that tarnish, Colorado's reputation and business climate have soared on a national scale. The concerns raised from outside visitors are not about high-profile crimes but rather everyday issues such as traffic congestion, said Dave Larson of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. Traffic and road issues, Larson said, "if not fixed in a timely manner, have a longer-lasting effect on perceptions." As for crimes like Columbine, he said, "in terms of overall economic growth and migration, it would probably have very little impact on the state." Business and tourism officials in Colorado confirmed that the shootings have not been an issue of commerce with callers from outside the state. Everyone has offered sympathy and help, but none have indicated any changes in plans, said Jill Strunk of the Denver Convention and Visitors Bureau. "The memorial service on Sunday, with 70,000 people, and the long lines for blood donations, those are the things that people will remember about this state," she said. The bureau did alter its own public relations plan, at least for the short term. Denver has delayed the rollout of its just printed 1999 visitors guide, a thick magazine full of colorful promotions for the state. "It's still a time of grieving here, and we're going to wait it out," Strunk said. "All things shall pass, and hopefully people will remember what is good about Denver." Copyright 1999 The Denver Post. All rights reserved. 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