TKC EXCLUSIVE AND BREAKING NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY FIGHT NIGHT ON THE PLAZA TONIGHT DESPITE KCPD CRACKDOWN!!!
KCPD is once again out in full force on The Plaza tonight amid more than a bit of fighting and maybe even some intolerance.
KCPD Chief Forté offered tweets from the scene tonight in order to keep calm among Midtown KC denizens . . .
Here's a look at the crew keeping the Plaza safe tonight. Twitter statement: "Many supervisors and officers are committed to maintaining order on the Plaza every weekend."
Overall report from The Chief: Approximately 100-125 kids on the Plaza. Most are well-behaved and having fun. Heavy vehicle traffic. Only 2 incidents (fights).
Deets on that brawling . . .
Officers disrupted a fight when a 14 yr old girl allegedly assaulted 13 and 18 yr old. The 14 yr old is in police custody.
"Second fight of the evening involving female teenagers. Fifteen yr old detained for fighting. Being released to a parent."
The scene about 7 minutes ago . . .
About 25-30 juveniles are in Mill Creek Park at 46th & JC Nichols Pkwy.
But it goes beyond that . . .
Here's a quick statement from a lovely TKC TIPSTER about her problems this evening . . .
"We got back to our car in the Topsy's parking lot, and immediately noticed four (we assumed, because we weren't going to actually touch them) empty packs of menthol Kool's on the hood of our car. Parked next to us in Toyota beater were a couple of younger black teenage boys, who immediately avoided eye contact with us as soon as they saw we noticed the cigarette packs. Parked next to them in an old minivan were some older black teenage boys, windows rolled down talking to the kids in the Toyota. These guys weren't shy about staring right at us, then yelling as we drove off and the trash they left on our car went flying off. I hope it hit them!
We were just trying to have a nice night and some dinner with friends we haven't seen in awhile, but with the massive police presence everywhere (except the Topsy's parking lot, obviously) and the idiot kids leaving their trash on our vehicle, we ended up feeling like we were both in prison plus kind of violated at the same time. The fact that my husband is a well-educated HUGE black male and I am Asian probably saved us some trouble. Who knows what may have happened had one or both of us been white?"
And so, that's the look tonight at diversity, brawling and racial harmony (or lack thereof) in Kansas City tonight . . .