Shameful abuse of Kansas City parks
The Kansas City Star
Northeast Kansas City parks suffer a lot of nighttime abuse.
That includes drug deals, violence and prostitution, The Kansas City Star reports. The parks offer the cover of darkness to suspects and easy escape routes if police in patrol cars do catch on that something untoward is going on.
However, Budd Park, Independence Plaza and Kessler Park are inviting places that attract a lot of children and families during the day. Shutting the parks down at night with a curfew is a good first step to making them safer.
City officials also should consider posting police foot, bicycle and horseback patrols in the parks at night to catch offenders and end the illicit use of the public spaces.