Police Have Better Things to Do Than Search for a Missing ‘Trouble Maker’

His parents tried to report him missing. KC police said no. He was soon found killed.

Police Have Better Things to Do Than Search for a Missing 'Trouble Maker'
KC police did not take report for missing homicide victim.

Apparently police have better things to do than their jobs. They’re too busy doing lip sync videos, pulling people over for ice cream, and God knows what else. They can’t be troubled with searching for a missing “trouble maker”. Hell, police can’t even waste the trees to do the paperwork but All Lives Matter? In fact, having any kind of record precludes a missing individual from having even a half-ass search done on their behalf. At least that appears to be the case for Justin Graham.

Graham’s parents, Vicki and David Greenwood, drove three hours up from Branson to report their 26-year-old son missing. Officers at the Shoal Creek police station in Northland refused to file the report. They officers suggested that the couple check the local jails. Their reason: Graham had a record. The Greenwoods admit their son wasn’t the best with a string of minor crimes including traffic violations and other misdemeanors. That aside, he is still a human being with people who love him. Or was a human being.

Police Have Better Things to Do Than Search for a Missing 'Trouble Maker'
A memorial marks the open field near 17th Street and White Avenue in Kansas City where the body of 26-year-old Justin Graham, right, was discovered Aug. 7, 2018. KC Star photo by Joe Robertson; Graham’s photo courtesy his family.

Police spokesman Sgt. Jacob Becchina says Graham was known to move around and there wasn’t evidence of foul play.

“Our son’s not perfect,” David Greenwood told The Star. “He’s bounced around. But we weren’t there to talk about his record. We were there to find our child.”

Graham’s body was found days later, Aug. 7, in a vacant lot at 17th Street and White Avenue. His death was ruled a homicide. The department claimed his disappearance did not meet the criteria for a missing person. He was an adult. (Adults go missing all the time.) There were no concerns of mental illness. (Perfectly sane people go missing all the time.) There were no threats of suicide or life-threatening illness. (Probably why they ruled it a homicide, huh?!)

Reports of people disappearing are filed all the time but according to this department the policy otherwise requires a “strong indication of foul play being involved in the disappearance.”

Graham’s mother told The Star, ‘(Because) he had a record and he was my couch surfer, he didn’t matter. That doesn’t mean he is not human . . . And what about our homeless people? Do they not matter (because) they don’t have a permanent address?”

The Star reports:

The Kansas City Police Department filled out 401 missing person reports on adults in 2017, Becchina said. Those included many, he said, that weren’t required under the statute but were taken anyway. And many were people with criminal histories and transient lifestyles, he said.

So it seems in 2018, the police department decided to do things different. It potentially would have taken less time and effort to find a living Justin Graham. Instead, resources now have to be allocated to solving his murder. Way more paperwork than a missing person report in my book.

Graham’s murder was the 76th of at least 86 homicides in Kansas City this year, and the eighth of at least 17 so far in August.

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