Ballpark Village developer, others accused of ejecting blacks from KC district

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 7 at 6:43 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A former employee of Kansas City’s downtown entertainment district alleges in a lawsuit that the district’s owners and others created disturbances so they could eject black patrons from the area.

Glen Cusimano, a former security liaison for the Power & Light district, alleges in his lawsuit that Cordish Companies and others engaged in several racially discriminatory practices.

He says he was ordered to have white men start arguments with black patrons so they would be kicked out of the area. The Kansas City Star reports Cusimano says the practice was used 20 to 30 times last summer.

Cordish, which developed the district, says the accusations are “complete fabrications” from an employee who was fired. Cordish is also the co-developer of Ballpark Village.

Cusimano is seeking $10 million in actual and punitive damages.

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