Kansas City Police Chief: It takes a village to prevent flash mobs

Around prom season last year, a bunch of unruly, black teens — yeah, I said it — converged on the Country Club Plaza en masse. A pretty prom princess got tossed into a fountain. Teens disrespected Plaza foliage and yelled naughty things at adults. Traffic came to a standstill. One couple was assaulted and robbed in a parking garage. And lots of teenagers got blasted with pepper spray, courtesy of the Kansas City Police Department’s Costco-sized canisters.

On his blog, KCPD Chief Jim Corwin stepped up and addressed threats of a repeat performance by placing responsibility where it belongs: with parents, and with the community.

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