Trial over security at Chiefs games begins - KCTV5

Trial over security at Chiefs games begins

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A trial has begun over a Kansas City man's claims that he was attacked during a Chiefs game because of lacking security. (AP) A trial has begun over a Kansas City man's claims that he was attacked during a Chiefs game because of lacking security. (AP)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV/AP) -

A trial has begun over a Kansas City man's claims that he was attacked during a Chiefs game because of lacking security.

The Kansas City Star reported Tuesday that the Chiefs deny the claims and are fighting them during the civil trial this week.

Adrien Caye says he has lifelong injuries as a result of a vicious beating at the stadium in back in October 2013 during a Monday Night Football game. He says he required multiple surgeries and spent a week in the hospital.

Caye's attorney, Ken McClain, said a man in front of his client sent Caye flying down 20 concrete stairs before punching him several times. That man has been dismissed from the lawsuit.

Caye says security wasn't there to help when he became the victim while trying to calm down a drunk and obnoxious fan.

The lawsuit lists other attacks that also occurred inside the stadium. Lawyers argued in court that there were 12 security guards in the upper levels the day of the attack, but the security company working for the Chiefs recommended 58 guards because fans were getting out of control.

A Chiefs' attorney told jurors that the team has hundreds of off-duty police and private security guards at home games and fans can easily get help. The lawsuit claims Caye never found a Chiefs employee or security guard to help him.

The Chiefs have also employed other strategies to keep fans safe inside the stadium. In 2015, they started hiring police officers to dress in plain clothes and join the crowds undercover.

However, lawyers argue the crowd was wild, and the Chiefs encouraged it and should be held responsible too. 

Lawyers argued the Chiefs organization was encouraging loud obnoxious behavior from fans in an attempt to break noise records. They claim a wild crowd and insufficient security were contributing factors in the assault.

KCTV5 News reached out to both the Chiefs and the security company being sued. Both declined to comment because the case is currently in court.

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