The City Council Thursday night passed an ordinance that allows city police to prohibit anyone under the age of 18 from being out in public without a parent or legal guardian between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., Sundays through Thursdays, and between midnight and 6 a.m., Fridays and Saturdays.
Prior to the meeting Mayor Bill Finch issued this statement:
Mayor Bill Finch today expressed his support for the curfew ordinance proposed by City Council member Warren Blunt, which is slated for a vote by the full City Council during a special meeting tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m.
“I have listened to the families and friends who have lost loved ones and the residents of our city who are frustrated by the recent escalation of gun violence. They want to see a curfew enacted, and so do I. I believe a curfew will provide our officers with another tool to help prevent gun violence in our city,” said Mayor Bill Finch. “I applaud the efforts of Councilmen Blunt and Paoletto, Ordinance Committee co-chairs and Councilwomen Lyons and Colon, Public Safety Committee co-chairs, and City Council President Thomas McCarthy for their hard work in drafting this ordinance and call upon all of their fellow Council members to vote in favor of its passage.”
“The Council’s Public Safety and Ordinance Committees have worked diligently to craft a revised ordinance that will enable the police, and parents, to have another tool to help shield kids from being out on the streets and involved in potentially violent situations, sometimes through no fault of their own,” said City Council President Thomas McCarthy, D-133.
“We’ve been working toward creating something that’s going to serve the purpose that we deem necessary. The curfew will minimize young people’s exposure to violence and create a safe environment in Bridgeport,” said Councilmember Warren Blunt, D-135, co-chair of the Ordinance Committee.