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Conn. ACLU Fighting Bridgeport Anti-Violence Curfew

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (CBSNewYork) - The mayor of Bridgeport will sign an ordinance Monday instituting a curfew in the hope of stemming gun violence in the city, but some people don't like it.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau On The Story


While the city hones its attack on late night street violence, the Connecticut ACLU is sharpening its case to take the city to court.

CT ACLU Staff Attorney David McGuire told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau that a late night street curfew will do little to tone down gun violence.

"The vast majority of crime statistics show that the majority of crime and youth crime happens in the early evening hours," he said. "That's from 4 to 6 p.m."

He also said that rounding up curfew violators who have committed no crime does nothing to promote goodwill between city police and young people.

"The other thing that's a real problem with these curfews is they often give police another way to racially profile," McGuire said.

While he admits it is no panacea, but Mayor Bill Finch said he believes it will give his police a hand in their fight to curb street violence.

He called it another arrow in the quiver.

The curfew will ban those under 18-years-old from being on the streets without a parent or legal guardian from 11 p.m. (midnight on Friday and Saturday) to 6 a.m.

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