KCPD CHIEF SHIFTS RESPONSIBILITY FOR PREVENTING PLAZA FLASH MOB RIOTS BACK ON THE COMMUNITY!!!
In a rather bold move, KCPD Chief Corwin is putting the issue of Country Club Plaza Flash mobs back on the community. His point is clear given that keeping the Plaza safe is a job for babysitters and not police . . . Also, this is a very smart preemptive move before trouble starts.
Here is the money quote:
"As the weather warms, the problem of big groups of juveniles gathering on the Country Club Plaza is coming forth again. This past weekend, there were large numbers of young people dropped off at the Cinemark movie theater, but they didn’t go in. They simply congregated and loitered. Fortunately, there also was a large police presence, and no incidents were reported. However, we want to avoid what happened this time last year.
The issue is rearing its head again, however, and many are coming to police looking for answers. But this is not a police issue. It is a community issue and a parenting issue. The mission of the Kansas City Missouri Police Department, in partnership with the community, is to protect life and property while reducing fear and disorder. It is not to sponsor activities for youth or ensure parents are supervising them properly."
The KCPD Chief's post is DEFINITELY worth reading in its entirety . . . Given that this year's Plaza Flash Mob season might also include the blame game moving to the digital world.