KCMO police arrest juveniles involved in fights on the plaza

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City, Mo. police said several juveniles were involved in a number of fights late Saturday night.

Not much more than the sound of the fountains could be heard on the plaza Sunday morning, but Saturday night was a different story.

"We just noticed like 50 or 60 young kids it seemed like middle schoolers, and then we saw a bunch of police cars," said Deepa Prasad, a resident of the plaza.

Kansas City, Mo. police say around 11 p.m. Saturday as many as 150 school aged kids crowded the movie theater on the plaza before several fights broke out. Prasad lives just a few blocks away.

"Something happened with a car and then all the kids run away," said Prasad. "It was too late for 13-year-olds to be out I guess.”

Police say three juveniles were arrested.

"Expect more citations to be issued in the near future. Citations issued based on behavior, not race," tweeted Police Chief Darryl Forte via Twitter.

Chief Forte says police are now stepping up enforcements.

19-year-old Robyn Herbert said she hopes they concentrate on the troublemakers.

"I think that we should focus more on the people that are causing the ruckus and we should take care of them rather than punishing the population as a whole,” said Herbert, who is a student at KU.

But Prasad says police can't do it alone.

"I think even with a curfew it's their parents that have to keep them at home they're going to leave regardless of a curfew or not,” said Prasad.

Chief Forte says the solution is in the entire community working together.

So far there have not been any additional citations.

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