Youth Commission to advise Kansas City mayor

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forte's plans to control unruly teens on the Plaza by holding their parents accountable while Kansas City's mayor is looking for input from area teens.

Forte's been tweeting his concerns and answering questions on Twitter since Sunday after nearly 200 teens converged on the Plaza and literally stopped traffic. Three teens were arrested and cited for several violations including disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and hindering traffic.

Chief Forte is outlining a plan to control bad behavior; he said he'll share those plans with area stakeholders on Tuesday and with others on Wednesday.

Mayor Sly James recently introduced and city council members approved the appointment of a youth commission. The 20-member group comprised of 15 teenagers will help the mayor and city council meet the needs of area teens who they believe need something to do on the weekend.

Applications for the youth commission will be taken in March. Members will be selected in April.

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