Thursday, December 06, 2018
TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY POLICE CRACKDOWN ON PROTESTERS AGAINST UPCOMING PREZ TRUMP VISIT!!! DEBATE RAGES OVER WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK DEMONSTRATIONS!!!
Police don't want protesters using Washington Square Park to stage demonstrations during the upcoming Prez Trump visit tomorrow.
Already, biz and drivers are getting warnings to stay away from Westin Crown Center area during the midday.
Right across the street, the Washington Square Park typically serves as a "free speech zone" and police usually don't bother all of the junkies and homeless who sleep there at night.
And so we ask our blog community . . .
SHOULD KCPD STOP PROTEST AGAINST PREZ TRUMP AT THIS OTHERWISE DESOLATE KANSAS CITY PARK???
We're hoping the mere mention of this behind the scenes ruckus will facilitate more discussion of 1st Amendment rights . . . Despite the fact that the cold & more snow might do a better job of preventing protest than authoritarian crackdowns.
Nevertheless . . .
Security is exceptionally tight for tomorrow's visit and at the very least protesters will be pushed back far away from the street if they're allowed to use the park at all.
So far there's been a few tense e-mail exchanges back and forth betwixt organizers and KCPD. We're waiting on a response from police as far as protester access that was pretty much shut down last time the Prez visited KCMO.
TALKED WITH KCPD & THEY CONFIRM PROTESTERS WILL BE ALLOWED AT WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK!!!
Developing . . .