Dozens arrested since KC teen curfew took effect last year - KCTV5

Dozens arrested since KC teen curfew took effect last year

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Police on horseback, flashing lights and even crime scene tape have been a frequent summer sight on the Country Club Plaza.

In recent years, Kansas City police have responded to flash mobs, fights and shootings in the area.

Even Kansas City Mayor Sly James found himself ducking bullets at one point, as he was forced into a nearby bush as shots rang out on the Plaza.  The shooting injured 13- and 16-year-old boys and a 15-year-old girl.  That is what led to the teen curfew last August.

So far, police have written 34 citations inside entertainment districts such as the Plaza or the Power & Light District. 

Of those, 22 teenagers have pleaded guilty or been found guilty.  Seven teenagers never came to court and there are warrants for their arrest.  There are two pending court cases.

Kansas City police chief Darryl Forte is asking parents to step up.

"It is OK to come to the Plaza but come with your kids. Don't use it as a babysitting ground," Forte said.

Unattended teens roaming the streets is a problem that just doesn't seem to end. This month, officers arrested 13 teens in just one weekend.

"Out of about 250 kids, there was about 10 to 15 that acted unruly. It's not all of our kids," Forte said. "The community wanted us to take some action because they want to feel safe. They want to feel safe in the Plaza as well as other areas."

Forte feels just because the city has an ordinance, it doesn't mean people are going to behave.

"We still have some of the same issues we had before the curfew, but the curfew gives the police department a little more enforcement ability," Forte said.

The entertainment district curfew for teens begins the Friday before Memorial Day and ends the last day of September. No teens are allowed on the streets after 9 p.m.

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