Once Again, Dallas Kids Can't Be Out Too Late as City Council Re-ups Curfew Ordinance

For nearly six weeks, Dallas kids under 17 were free to stay out as late as they wanted without fear of being picked up or ticketed by cops.But those days are over. Again.The Dallas City Council on Wednesday reinstated the longstanding curfew — with some modifications — on a 10-5 vote. Council members Scott Griggs, Sandy Greyson, Philip Kingston, Adam Medrano and Omar Narvaez voted in opposition.The curfew ordinance — first enacted in 1991 when crime was higher and gangs were considered a bigger problem — had become a target of civil rights groups who believed it unfairly targeted low-income minority kids without any crime-fighting benefits.But the majority of council members — and some longtime southern Dallas activists — said the ordinance could help kids and keep the public safe.  Continue reading...

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