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KC Tenants chain Jackson County Courthouse doors in eviction protest

Posted at 9:50 AM, Oct 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-15 18:21:14-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Members of KC Tenants chained themselves to the doors of the Jackson County Courthouse in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, Thursday morning.

The group also chained the doors shut, all in an effort to close court for the day.

The protest is in response to evictions taking place during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The group is calling evictions during the time period "acts of violence."

41 Action News crews on the scene noted that the doors that were chained were already locked at the time.

In a statement released Thursday afternoon, a spokesperson representing the 16th Judicial Circuit, said that despite the locked doors, courthouse users were still able to enter the building on the other side, though one of the locked doors was for ADA access. Further, the spokesperson said no dockets were affected by the protest.