Police again grapple with teen problems on the Plaza - KCTV5

Police again grapple with teen problems on the Plaza

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Temperatures are heating up, and once again, police blotters are seeing reports of problems with teens on the Country Club Plaza late at night.

The Kansas City Police Board of Commissioners will discuss youth problems at the popular shopping and entertainment center during a meeting Tuesday morning.

This comes after a large group of juveniles blocked traffic on the plaza about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. The youth were walking in the middle of the street, Kansas City police said.

A fight broke out between two young females. One female was arrested for disorderly conduct, while the second managed to run away and avoid arrest. The girl arrested said she told her attacker that she didn't want to fight due to the heavy police presence.

"She further stated that she was hit in the right side of the head and that [she] was protecting herself," according to a police report.

The female refused medical treatment. Her 43-year-old mother picked up the girl.

The 9 p.m. curfew on the plaza doesn't take effect until Friday.

Plaza goers say parents need to be responsible and set strict guidelines for their children. They say police can't serve as parents.

"Stop stereotyping each other in public and acting like animals because we're not animals," said Ricky Frazier of Kansas City. "We are all human no matter what shade of color we are. We need to keep the peace."

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