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Altercation at KC Zoo ‘free day’ leads to arrest

Updated: 2013-04-11T14:10:38Z

By MATT CAMPBELL

The Kansas City Star

The Kansas City Zoo will review its security policies for the zoo district’s free days after a fight in the parking lot Sunday left at least one officer injured.

A woman was arrested after allegedly interfering with police who responded to reports of several fights in the parking lot at the zoo entrance.

According to the incident report, an officer on the scene had a juvenile in custody but called for several more units to disperse a large crowd that was gathering around him. That officer had a bloody nose, and the juvenile in custody was making verbal threats against police. The juvenile’s mother interfered and, as she was being arrested, her daughter struck another officer in the forearm with her fist.

Attendance at the zoo Sunday was 29,455, a large number attributed to the nice weather and free admission for residents of Jackson and Clay counties, which are members of the zoo’s taxation district. It was one of four free days a year for members.

Zoo director Randy Wisthoff said Wednesday that the animal park had hired off-duty police officers Sunday.

“We will review the process,” he said. “We’ll talk to the police that were here. We may need more security. I can’t fully answer that. We haven’t had a full debriefing.”

To reach Matt Campbell call 816-234-4902 or send email to mcampbell@kcstar.com.

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