City-County councilor pushing for new curfew law

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Several City-County councilors plan to introduce a new “curfew law” Tuesday night to help curb crime.

A curfew is already on the books, but 24-Hour News 8 spoke with one council member who said it needs to be stricter.

The new proposal is all about moving the time teens who are unsupervised in public places and are out on the weekend. The City-County councilor behind the proposal said it’s just one step to make sure the streets of Indianapolis are safe this summer.

“We want to allow as much discussion as possible, so call this the first chance,” said City-County Councilman Jeff Miller.

Miller wants to help fight crime in Indianapolis. With the support from the Mayor and Chief of Police, he’s introduced a new ordinance to change the city’s current curfew law.

“The general feeling is our curfew law goes a little too late on the weekends,” he said.

Right now, the current law prohibits unsupervised teens 15, 16 or 17 years old from being in public places from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. on the weekends. This new proposal would move up the curfew to 11 p.m.

“One o’clock is just too late for a group of teens who might get bored and start looking for something to do to be out,” Councilor Miller said.

Miller said this new curfew is not targeting teens who are out after hours for work, religious reasons or for school. He said it is, however, a curfew to target teens who are congregating and cause violence.

July 4 of last year turned violent after a 16-year-old was killed downtown. Police said the shooting was the result of an incident involving more than 40 teens.

“If you are out and you are between 15 and 17, you need to watch that time. You need to either have one of the reasons that’s on the books for being out or you need to be home, or you need to be with a parent,” Councilor Miller said.

Miller will introduce the ordinance at the Center for Leadership Development Tuesday. He hopes taking the meeting outside council chambers will get the community talking and involved.

“We’re not looking to change any of the reasons you can or cannot be out after a certain hour, but we are looking at making an 11 o’clock pm every night of the week,” he said.

Miller said if teens are out past this new proposed curfew, police will handle getting in touch with their parents to hold them accountable. He said this will allow for some type of discussion between the police and the parent; a discussion he said wouldn’t otherwise happen.

Tuesday’s meeting is at 5:30 p.m. in Room 102 at the Center for Leadership Development at 2425 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street, Indianapolis.

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