published Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Chattanooga: City Council talks curfew laws

by Cliff Hightower

Chattanooga City Council members talked today during their legal and legislative committee meeting about toughening the city’s curfew laws and enforcing them.

Councilman Peter Murphy, chairman of the committee, asked City Attorney Mike McMahan if the city’s curfew laws were outdated.

“Are you of the opinion this ordinance could use some work?” Murphy asked.

McMahan said the city last updated the ordinance in 1986.

Council members offered suggestions for how to update the ordinance, including establishing fines for parents or legal guardians or offering an alternative such as community service and making sure the Chattanooga Police Department enforces the law.

Councilman Manny Rico said it has been hard in the past for police officers to enforce the law because they had no place to put minors caught outdoors after hours.

With the new juvenile detention facility at the old police precinct next to the South Chattanooga Recreation Center, that problem has been addressed, he said.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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mella_yella said...

@minors caught outdoors after hours

That sounds so vague. What does it imply exactly? An individual of a certain age can't be caught by police sitting on his or her front porch after a certain hour? Can't be in his or her front yard after certain hours? That's already taking place in certain areas of the city. This will only lead to more polie harassment of innocent citizens and building resentment towards police.

How much more freedoms are citizens willing to sacrifice before they realize we're all tap dancing back into bondage at an alarming rate?

April 5, 2011 at 6:31 p.m.
dave said...

I wonder about curfew laws. First most of the business in N. Chatt is aimed at younger clients. So who will you be keeping away...the customers? Second most of these young thugs don't carry any I.D. how will you know who is legal, legit or will you be locking up adult thugs in the juvenile facility if they "look" young? How is this going to work? I don't see it.

April 5, 2011 at 11:35 p.m.
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