50 Teens Philly Curfew
August 14, 2011 by USA Post
50 Teens Philly Curfew, 50 teenagers were arrested for violating the curfew for minors newly applied aimed at cracking down mobs of youths responsible for the random attacks on people and property damage, police in Philadelphia Saturday.
The arrests began at 9 pm on Friday and the center of South Street, a stretch of 10 blocks of bars, restaurants and shops on the outskirts of the city that has long been a gathering place for teenagers and 20 somethings said police spokeswoman Officer Tanya Little.
Mayor Michael Nutter last week announced a curfew from 9 pm for those under 18 on Friday and Saturday downtown and in nearby University City, home of the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University.
A first arrest could mean a fine of 100 + and 300, and parents could be fined up to 500 and subsequent violations of their children. Elsewhere in the city, the curfew remains 10 pm for under 13 and midnight for those under 18.
Other measures included in the suppression of a further application, a campaign to get business leaders to register their security cameras to the police department and expanded hours for about 20 youth centers in the city.
In a mob attack last month, a man ended up in hospital with broken teeth and jaw wired after a group of youths attacked him downtown. Hours later, a group of young people assaulted four other men. An 11-year-old was one of four youths arrested in the case.
Nutter took the pulpit of his own church west of Philadelphia last week to call the teenagers involved in violent mobs that have left several injured in recent weeks and said that parents should become more involved in their children’s lives.
“You have damaged that has hurt another person, who has damaged their peers and, frankly, that has damaged his own race,” said the mayor, who is black. He also called on absent fathers and neglectful parents of teenagers involved in the attacks, many of which are African American.
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