Connecticut Youth Group Blames Race for Eviction from Kansas City Hotel

A Connecticut youth group is blaming race for an early-morning eviction from a Kansas City hotel.

But hotel officials said the group was making too much noise and had been warned repeatedly.

The New Haven-based Nation Drill Squad and Drum Corps was in Kansas City earlier this week for a competition.

The group said police and hotel security forced its 48 members, some as young as 4 years old, to leave the Sheraton Kansas City Sports Complex Hotel at 1:15 a.m. Wednesday.

Nation Drill Squad director Douglas Bethea said he believes the eviction was racially motivated. He says the group had received substandard treatment since arriving Sunday.

Hotel manager Ted Frerking denied racism and said his staff had received numerous noise complaints from other guests.