KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Police arrested more than 100 dangerous lawbreakers as part of a two-day crackdown led by the Kansas City No Violence Alliance (NoVA).
The collaboration between law enforcement, prosecutors and community groups targeted small groups of people that authorities say are responsible for most of the bloodshed on the city's streets.
At one of dozens of raids taking place all around Kansas City, police sought to clear the streets of those who they said are continuing to commit violent crimes.
In one case, a convicted felon in a house was wanted for violating the conditions of his parole. He wouldn't come to the door, and tried to avoid capture for more than an hour before a tactical team found him hiding inside the home.
"The community as a whole, they need to establish that moral voice that violence can no longer be tolerated in our city," said Capt. Chris Young of the police violent crimes enforcement division. "So we have a moral obligation to make sure those individuals are removed from Kansas City."
Young said the alliance tries to help those involved in violence become productive and law-abiding members of society by connecting them to social services that can show them the way to better lives. Police said those taken into custody as part of the sweep have rejected offers to change and continue to lead a life of crime.
"My role is to talk to my community, talk to the families, let them know that it's a collaboration effort to come together and support what's taking place to save a life," said Rosilyn Temple of KC Mothers In Charge, one of the community groups that's part of the alliance.
In another case, a woman tried to hide from police by not coming to the door. Officers had three assault warrants for her arrest and knew her to have a history of domestic violence. They said with domestic conflicts, too often it's only a matter of time before things turn bloody or deadly. NoVA said they will again encourage the woman to meet with client advocates and receive conflict resolution training.
NoVA said the police action doesn't just protect innocent bystanders. They said statistics suggest the people they've identified are 550 times more likely to be murdered than the average American.
The group said those folks face only two choices: change their ways or be removed from society.