ACLU Blasts Town's 9pm Teen Curfew

Wave of shootings prompts Hartford to crack down
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2008 5:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – Connecticut ACLU officials are blasting a blanket 9pm teen curfew in Hartford and are considering challenging the crackdown in court, AP reports. The month-long curfew is due to begin tonight. The city announced the curfew after weekend shootings left one dead and 10 wounded. ACLU lawyers say the move violates minors' civil rights and punishes an entire demographic for the acts of a few people.

"We need to take firm action and this is the kind of action that's required in order to ensure the safety of our residents,"said Mayor Eddie Perez. The Arkansas town of Helena recently enacted a city-wide 24-hour curfew for all residents that allows police to question anyone outdoors.