Friday, October 31, 2014
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Down with curfew, says mayoral candidate

Not everyone is a fan of the city's 9 p.m. weekend curfew for minors. Tomorrow a group of community activists, including mayoral candidate Diop Olugbala, will stage a protest of the curfew, which they say violates the constitutional rights of the city's young people.

Down with curfew, says mayoral candidate

Not everyone is a fan of the city's 9 p.m. weekend curfew for minors. Tomorrow a group of community activists, including mayoral candidate Diop Olugbala, will stage a protest of the curfew, which they say violates the constitutional rights of the city's young people.

"The youth are being criminalized," said Olugbala, who in 2009 was arrested during a scuffle with police inside City Council chambers. "And this is a specific attack on black youth and the black community."

Tomorrow night's protest will start with a rally at Broad and South Streets at 8:30 p.m. Olugbala wants parents to bring their children. 

Olugbala said poverty and unemployment is at the heart of the recent bouts of teen violence, and said the Mayor should invest in the city's economy, not more police patrols in Center City.

Asked how the city should respond to the violence in a way that would make an immediate impact, Olugbala offered a distinctly long-term solution.

"We need immediate implementation of an economic development plan," he said. "We need to establish forums and committees to address the problem."

About this blog

Mike Newall has been covering Philly crime, cops and mayhem since 2007, beginning with his work with the Philadelphia City Paper and Philadelphia Weekly.

He joined the Inquirer’s New Jersey Bureau in 2010, reporting extensively on violence in Camden, and has been back on the Philly crime beat since April, where he finds the people and the stories behind the daily crime blotter.

Reach Newall at mnewall@phillynews.com.

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