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KCPD: 7 arrests made during Trump ride-along

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Posted at 2:41 PM, Sep 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-27 12:37:17-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Seven people were arrested, most for disorderly conduct, Saturday during a ride-along supporting President Donald Trump.

A KCPD spokesperson said that some of those arrested have been released, while others are still being booked.

The ride-along began Saturday afternoon outside the National WWI Museum and Memorial, featuring more than 5,000 people and vehicles decorated with Trump 2020 and United States flags, according to event organizers.

“I just wanted to support Trump," Lisa Landis said. "I wanted to come to a rally. I’ve wanted to see Trump, but this is the next best thing."

As the parade of vehicles approached the Country Club Plaza, supporters for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden already were staged near the Mill Creek fountain.

“People have their freedom to not like Trump," Nancy Hammond said, "and we have the freedom to like Trump."

KCPD asked some individuals who had started walking into the street during the "parade" to return to the sidewalk.

Police briefly closed the entrance to the National WWI Museum and Memorial due to the number of people there, but reopened it around 2:30 p.m., according to 41 Action News crews at the site.

The ride-along began its route down Main Street to the County Club Plaza at 3 p.m.

A police helicopter also was circling overhead, crews reported.

KCPD's traffic unit helped cars exit the memorial and begin the parade route.

“I’m from Topeka, Kansas, and I saw on my Facebook that there was a Trump parade going on," Jordan Rigi said, "and I decided that nothing better to do than support our President, show him the respect he deserves and rally with a bunch of people that also support him as well."

After nearly three hours, the ride-along cleared out of the Plaza area around 6 p.m.

“Get out there America," Lisa Thelen said. "Show your Trump pride, show your USA pride and go vote."

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.