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10 arrested, cited after 'multiple large disturbances' at Independence Center

Parents, grandparents among those arrested
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Posted at 2:33 PM, Dec 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-28 16:23:00-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ten people, including parents and grandparents, were arrested Saturday night following “multiple large disturbances” at Independence Center.

Police responded around 5:35 p.m. to the mall where “groups of several hundred unaccompanied teens” were involved in fights, according to an Independence Police Department spokesperson.

Six adults and four juveniles were arrested or cited for disorderly conduct; endangering the welfare of a minor; interfering with police; assault on a law enforcement officer; and providing false information.

Four of the adults were parents or grandparents of juveniles who were charged, police said.

Security closed the mall around 6:30 p.m. and requested officers escort people off the mall’s property.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Blue Springs, Lee’s Summit and Kansas City, Missouri, police departments assisted at the scene.

The city of Independence recently instituted a curfew in the area surrounding Independence Center in hopes of curbing the number of disturbances on the property. It went into effect last month.

A spokesperson for the mall said Monday that until further notice, no one under the age of 17 will be allowed on the property after 3 p.m. on Friday-Sunday without a parent or legal guardian. Any juvenile at the mall without an adult will be escorted off the property.

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