Not only were Kansas City Police out in force – four cop cars, 18 off duty officers and a pair of mounted police in front of Seville on the Plaza – they were passing out flyers and urging passersby to call KC Mayor Sly James office and tell him that they want the kids off the Plaza and a year round 9 p.m. curfew.
Unsaid, but understood, the African American kids.
How do I know for sure that KC police were handing out the flyers?
Because a woman in a KCPD uniform identifying herself as a police officer came up to me, handed me a small flyer with instructions on how to contact and complain to James and 4th District “council people.” She also asked me in no uncertain terms to please contact the mayor’s office to help get the curfew increased from just the summer months to year round.
That as two mounted police officers stood a few feet away and handful of other cops fanned out along the along the sidewalk in front of the entrance to the Cinemark Palace on the Plaza movie theater.
“We just had a big disturbance with girls fighting in the park by the J.C. Nichols fountain,” she answered. “We have 18 off duty officers down here tonight and five more on duty police that I know of.”
So what did the flyer the policewoman was passing out say?
“Please Direct Your Concerns Regarding The Plaza To:
Office of the Mayor – Mayor Sly James 816.513.3500
www.kcmayor.org (go to the “stay in touch tab” and then link to send a comment) or write to:
Mayor Sly James 29th Floor City Hall 414 E. 12th Street Kansas City, MO 64106
4th District Council People
Jim Glover 816.513.6515 e-mail: Erica.firstname.lastname@example.org
Jan Marcason 816.513.6517 e-mail: email@example.com”
For the record, I’ve included the typo on Marcason’s email
Like I said, everybody wants to be a lobbyist.