The long hot summer in Kansas City appears to have gotten hotter…
"I just got back in town and I heard from friends that there was a mini riot on the Plaza Saturday night," says Shawnee sparkplug Tracy Thomas. "But it involved college kids and white kids, not just black high school youths."
How bad was it?
"I heard that tear gas was used," Thomas says. "And that Kansas City mayor Sly James was down there with developer Bebe Anderson. And they checked in on the police action and then went on to J.J.’s. They were out for the evening."
That comes as news to Wild Bill Nigro who was on the Plaza Saturday working the trollys.
"I didn’t see anything and the trollys were busy Saturday," Nigro says. "Sunday was the last night people could use their Groupons to ride. And my guy on the Plaza didn’t say anything. But we were mainly over by O’Dowd’s."
Hold it right there…
"Honestly, the past couple of weekends we’ve had, to varying degrees, some crowd problems down there," says KCPD spokesman Steve Young. "But no media attention thus far. I’ll check into it, but I’ll tell you one thing I’m pretty sure of; no tear gas was used. But you know, people throw those terms around and they don’t know the difference between tear gas and pepper spray. Every police officer carries pepper spray."