This evening (Thursday, October 25, 2018) I attended the NAACP Candidate Forum at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Center with my husband David J. Bernal, who is running for Jackson County Sheriff.
My husband has devoted 37 years of his life to public service through his jobs as a KCMO police officer and Special Agent with the FBI. I also have a son who is a police officer and a brother who is a retired law enforcement officer.
I was appalled and disgusted and am actually livid by some of the remarks made at the forum tonight by the interim Sheriff, Daryl Forte. He had the nerve to disrespect personnel of the Jackson County Sheriff’s department tonight by referring to them as “drunks, racists, good ole boys and uneducated.”
What kind of a leader refers to men and women who put their lives on the line every day in this degrading way, especially in a public forum? How unprofessional! Mr. Forte I’m extremely disappointed in you and I sincerely believe that Jackson County can do so much better!! The citizens of the county deserve better and so do the personnel of the Sheriff’s department.