‘Optics are bad’ — Shawnee councilmembers pushed back on police at KC PrideFest

Shawnee police officers at KC PrideFest this past summer.

Shawnee police officers at KC PrideFest in June. Photo via Shawnee PD Facebook page.

This story has been updated to make it clear that a social media post opposing the Shawnee PD’s attendance at KC PrideFest tagged Councilmember Jacklynn Walters and was not written by Walters herself. 

A Facebook post and photo of Shawnee police officers at KC PrideFest this past June sparked a back-and-forth between some city councilmembers and the city manager’s office, with one councilmember saying the post was bad “optics” and should be removed.