A spike in city crime has taken center stage in state and federal legislative races. The full City Council in August could be voting on a proposed curfew that would ban youths 17 and under from a variety of public places without a parent or legal guardian between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sunday-Thursday and midnight and 6 a.m. Friday and Saturday. In light of state officials recently defining a minor as under the age of 18, some council members want the curfew to include anyone 17 and under. If the Council approves the curfew it could be challenged in court by the American Civil Liberties Union.
The proposed curfew has been working its way through the city’s legislative body following the reaction to the shooting death of 14-year-old Justin Thompson in January. Our friends at www.doingitlocal.com share this interview clip with Police Chief Joe Gaudett and Mayor Bill Finch about the curfew’s role in law enforcement. Do you support the curfew?