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Philly officials consider earlier citywide curfew

August 23, 2011 9:51:12 AM PDT
One of Philadelphia's top public safety officials says the city is considering whether an earlier citywide youth curfew is needed in response to a series of violent attacks by teenage flash mobs that have injured several people this year.

Right now, the city is enforcing an earlier 9 p.m. curfew for the downtown and University City neighborhoods in response to the attacks. Everett Gillison, deputy mayor of public safety, told a public hearing Tuesday officials are looking into whether an earlier citywide curfew is needed.

Under the regular school-year curfew, youth ages 13 to 17 are subject to a 10:30 p.m. curfew on weekdays and a midnight curfew on weekends; children up through age 12 have a curfew of 9 p.m. on weekdays and 10 p.m. on weekends.

Last weekend, a group of opponents gathered to call the new curfew illegal and racist, saying economic development was needed to solve the problem. Earlier this month, on the first weekend of the new curfew, a teenage girl was stabbed while walking home from a city-sponsored bowling party in the Juniata neighborhood, an event where Nutter had appeared earlier.


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