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KCPD makes no arrests for 'sideshows' after AFC Championship

Union Station AFC Postgame Sideshow
Posted at 5:14 PM, Jan 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-25 23:27:46-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After the Chiefs secured their second straight trip to the Super Bowl on Sunday night, the roaring sounds of car stunts known as "sideshows" could be heard on Kansas City streets.

Some of them gathered outside Union Station to perform illegal car stunts known as sideshows.

"Just these cars going around in circles smoke all over the place, cars backed up," Matt Anderson, who lives nearby, said of the scene.

Anderson said the drivers were doing donuts and burnout for about 30 minutes before police arrived.

"It took a long time, you know, nothing bad happened," Anderson said. "But you never know, so we just need to make sure that if we know that that's happening, we need to get it taken care of as quickly as possible."

Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Quinton Lucas told 41 Action News he plans to speak to KCPD Chief Rick Smith about this form of celebration, but enforcement is like playing a game of whack-a-mole.

"There's a lot of road, there's a lot of Kansas City," Lucas said. "I would hope that people use their common sense. I would hope that people aren't going to these types of road shows."

Police in Kansas City, Missouri, who do not have much power to crack down on the stunts, said Monday that while the department received several 911 calls about the sideshows, no arrests were made.

Typically, officers intervene in the traffic offenses only when there is the possibility of "physical danger," KCPD spokeswoman Officer Donna Drake said in an email. Police also will not pursue drivers for nonviolent offenses.

Last month, Mayor Quinton Lucas said he planned to work with KCPD and the City Council to tamp down on what he called the "reckless" behavior. The mayor said he would propose a revised ordinance that would allow police to impound vehicles involved in the stunts.

"And we'll continue to do that. But look, you got to follow the law. You got to follow the rules," Lucas said. "And that is something that we will continue to push for our community."

KCPD encourages residents to call 911 if they see any sideshows pop up in their neighborhoods.