Saturday’s urban youth rampage on the Plaza left little doubt that some serious preventative counter measures by police and Highwoods Properties would be forthcoming.
This just in: they already are and they already were.
Kansas City police met with Plaza officials last week to map a strategy for dealing with the hundreds of mostly African-American youth that spilled onto the streets two weeks ago from the Cinemark theater.
Cinemark ditched it’s kids restrictions policy last year, then slashed ticket prices in December to become something of a discount theater.
Prior to implementing the strategies, streets outside Cinemark had become overrun by unruly kids on weekend nights.
Highwoods and police met last week to try and quell the Cinemark debacle, says police spokesman Darin Snapp.
However last weekend’s trashing of the entire Plaza went above and beyond the malevolent moviegoers.
So it’s back to the drawing board for the Plaza and police
“Yes, we’re actually getting together with them to put something together,” Snapp says.
Now if they can just conjure a way to thwart those pesky Twitter messages that called to arms as many as 1,000 rampaging inner city youths.
Just so happens a police official recently returned from an instructional conference with training on how to intercept the tweets so police can act ultra fast.
“So yes, there is a way to do it, but it takes a lot of time to search through (the tweets) and look for certain patterns of teens tweeting,” Snapp says. “Because we’d love to know what they’re going to do next. And we definitely don’t think it’s going to stop, so we’ll have officers in place next weekend. Just in case.”