DC Authorities Step Up Curfew Enforcement for Minors

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(ConservativeHub.com) – On Friday, September 1, Washington, D.C., began its focused enforcement of the city’s pilot juvenile curfew program, according to a Fox News report.

This came shortly after a judge denied bond for a teen girl who fatally stabbed another 16-year-old during a dispute on August 27. According to the police, the incident was about the result of a disagreement about the Sweet ‘N Sour sauce packets available at McDonald’s. A D.C. A Superior Court judge noted that the 16-year-old girl responsible for the murder of Naima Liggon, also 16, would not be granted bond. The girl is facing second-degree murder charges. However, the youth curfew is not a new development.

According to NBC Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said the program has long been enforced, but there was a hope that focusing enforcement on specific areas would help address the location-based issues in the city. While she did not make any reference to the murder, recently she announced that the pilot program was going to be focused into seven different areas that the Metropolitan Police Department has determined to have experienced a high number of crimes that involve young people.

Only hours after the program enforcement plan went into effect, two young women were killed and a teen was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. That incident occurred on 7th Street with gunshots having been fired before midnight. Cle’shai Perry, 18, and Mikeya Ferguson, 19, lost their lives during the incident, while a third 16-year-old girl is in critical condition.

Under the curfew, minors below the age of 17 are not allowed to be out in a public place or in an establishment from Sunday to Thursday from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., and on the weekend between 12:01 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. Exceptions are allowed for a number of situations, including outings with a guardian or travel to and from school events/work.

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