KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Police say hundreds of teens planned Saturday's chaos on the Plaza through web sites like Facebook and Twitter. Officials received several calls from adults Sunday. Police say it appears the adults saw the postings online but didn't report anything until it was too late.
This is the second week in a row police responded to the Country Club Plaza to clear hundreds of juveniles off the streets. But Saturday, the crowd reached a record high: nearly 1,000 teens.
"It's 11:30 12:00 at night, and I'm just curious where the parents are,” said Plaza property owner Steve Brennan. “They look 12, 14, 15-years-old.”
Police say most of the teens were 13 to 17-years old and started flooding the Plaza around 10:30 p.m.
Over the course of just one hour, police say a couple was beaten and robbed in a parking lot, a girl in a prom dress was pushed into a fountain at the Mill Creek Park, and a teen was hit with a metal pipe in the Winstead's parking lot. That teen now has severe facial injuries. Police say several businesses closed early because groups of teens were harassing their customers, especially those seating at sidewalk tables. ...
Yet another innovative use of social media. :-) This has been a big topic on the KC talk radio today as you might imagine. Sounds to me like the police acted responsibly.