What are the rules for Chicago’s new curfews for minors and how will they be enforced? – NBC Chicago

Following a series of chaotic large gatherings of young people downtown and a violent weekend that ended in the shooting death of a 16-year-old in Millennium Park, Mayor Lori Lightfoot recently imposed two curfews for unaccompanied minors in Chicago:

A citywide 10 p.m. curfew and a weekend 6 p.m. curfew at Millennium Park.

Both measures have sparked a flurry of backlash from activists and public officials, with some saying the moves are short-sighted, while others argue the need for intervention.

Here’s what the details of each curfew are, how Lightfoot says they’ll be enforced, and what happens next.

Chicago citywide curfew for teens 16 and under

Lightfoot said Monday that since 1992, a citywide 11 p.m. weekend curfew for teenagers 16 and under has been in place.

That weekend curfew will now begin at 10 p.m., according to a decree signed by the mayor.

Millennium Park weekend curfew for unaccompanied minors under 18

According to a press release from Lightfoot’s office, Millennium Park now has a 6 p.m. curfew Thursday through Sunday for “all unaccompanied minors” under the age of 18, whether visitors or residents.

Anyone under the age of 18 is “welcome to the park during the evening hours as long as they are accompanied by at least one responsible adult,” the statement said.

Both curfews are currently in effect.

How will the new Millennium Park curfew be enforced?

According to a press release from Lightfoot’s office, the new curfew for unaccompanied minors at Millennium Park “will be strictly enforced and violations will be dealt with promptly.”

“I also call on the Chicago Police Department,” the statement continued, “to work with our federal partners to expedite firearms traces for all firearms found in the hands of minors and to promptly engage criminal prosecution of any adult who provides a firearm to a person under the age of 18.”

At a Monday news conference about the new rule, Lightfoot said “Chicago police will exhaust all other efforts before taking enforcement action to ensure young people are safe.”

“No, we don’t want to arrest kids,” Lightfoot said. “If we have to do it because they’re breaking the law, we’ll do it. But what we’ve seen in other areas of the city, when issues have arisen, is our officers talking to young people, the inform about the rules and in most cases the youngsters disperse without incident, which is what we hope will happen.

In an interview with NBC 5’s Mary Ann Ahern, Light said private security would be on the front line enforcing the new restrictions at Millennium Park.

“They’re going to be the people on the front lines,” she said. “Obviously, there are officers who are already assigned to 1st and 18and districts if there is a need for their services (also).

What local authorities and community groups are saying

The announcement drew both support and criticism from local groups, as well as the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois.

“It’s going to stereotype all the inner city kids,” said Baltazar Enriquez, president of community organization Little Village Community Council.

“Especially our young people from Little Village who go to work. There are jobs and activities downtown…and now they are limited.

The Chicago teachers’ union also criticized the move, saying “the mayor must do more to address school violence, mental health needs and entrenched disinvestment, instead of knee-jerk curfews and bans.” to use public spaces,” which they say continues. “the cycle of doors slamming in the face of young people who have had doors closed on them all their lives.”

Similarly, the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois said “the promise of strict enforcement will lead to unnecessary stops and arrests and further tension between the CPD and young people of color.”

At a community meeting Monday, Ald. Brian Hopkins invited members of the public to discuss the recent high-profile incidents in the city center.

“I know we can’t live this way,” he said.

Hundreds of residents gathered at the Old Town Moody Church campus on Monday to discuss recent high-profile incidents, including large groups at North Avenue Beach that caused several unrest and led to multiple arrests after a “rally not allowed” at the landmark on the north side.

Between that and Saturday’s shooting at Millennium Park, Hopkins says there’s plenty of evidence that something needs to be done.

“We can see what happened during Saturday night’s events downtown,” he said. “There are direct impacts on public safety.”

And after?

Other meetings are scheduled to discuss public safety in the city, including a Tuesday afternoon safety meeting in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood for commercial businesses to discuss concerns about recent events affecting their windows.

NBC Chicago

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