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Kansas City police have spent nearly a year getting a security plan in place, receiving assistance from local, state and federal agencies, Maj. Rich Lockhart said. Security around all of the activities, including the RBI tournaments, will be tight.

“There is going to be a lot of police presence, which we see as a deterrent to try to disrupt anything bad,” he said. “A lot of things that are in place people can see, but others they can’t.”

Brandon Ellington, a state House member whose district includes much of the east side, said it’s an insult that the city is providing so much police presence and worrying so much about the appearance of urban neighborhoods for the sake of strangers.

“I think it’s a travesty,” he said. “The only time these poor neighborhoods get any treatment at all is when out-of-towners come to the city. It’s a lot like China before the Olympics. The infrastructure repair they’re doing now is only so the east side we know won’t be seen by out-of-towners.”