TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! REPORT: READ HOW KCPD RESCUED THE KANSAS CITY ZOO AMID FREE DAY CHAOS AND GUNFIRE!!!
Just updated and sent out . . . Posted on TKC FIRST because most newsies are going out to lunch and I'm trying to watch my girlish figure and limit myself to 3 or 4 snack cakes per day.
But I digress . . .
CHECK THIS REPORT REVEALING HOW THE KCPD RESCUED THE KANSAS CITY ZOO FROM FREE DAY CHAOS!!!
For better or worse, this seems to be a recurring theme in Kansas City . . . Cops saving Kansas City from the horrible behavior of violent people and tragic decisions of politicos and bureaucrats.
Updated Zoo Report
At approximately 3:30 pm yesterday, off-duty officers working at the zoo requested on-duty officers to respond to help with crowd control. Randy Wisthoff, Zoo Director, advised there were approximately 19,000 to 20,000 people inside the zoo. He also advised large groups of teens began arriving between 2 and 3:30 pm and had begun to cause problems. At that time at least 500 to 600 teens and adults were observed standing outside the main gate to the zoo. Officers were contacted and attempted to start moving people from the front gates. At that time, it was decided to immediately close the zoo for the day instead of at 4 pm. A short time later, numerous fights began to break out at the entrance to the zoo and front parking lot. Additional officers were sent to assist those already at the scene.
At approximately 4 p.m., a sergeant heard the sound of shots in one of the parking areas west of Starlight Theater away from the zoo. Tactical Teams arrived and took control of the parking lots while other officers regained control of the zoo property. The police helicopter also responded and gave a view from above to help track the remaining people in and around the zoo. After approximately 15 minutes, order was restored and the evacuation of the zoo concluded without any further problems. The last patrons were fully evacuated from the zoo at approximately 5 p.m. This ended up being a city-wide event with officers responding from all patrol divisions. Numerous arrests were made for fighting in public and assault. No injuries to zoo patrons or officers was reported.