Curfew change questioned before its introduction

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A proposal to change the curfew law in Indianapolis will be heard outside of city-county chambers in the hopes to encourage conversation with the community.

Councilor Jeff Miller has drafted the idea to move curfew for 15- to 17-year-olds to two hours earlier on weekends. Last year’s violent summer motivated Miller to consider the change.

“We’re had many incidents after 11 o’clock on the weekends when a large group of teenagers who eventually just gets bored and is looking for something to do. Normally, that ‘something’ isn’t good,” Miller said.

At least one member of the active anti-violence community is skeptical of the change’s success. Anthony Beverly, founder of Stop the Violence Indianapolis, Inc., said he is concerned young people will ignore the curfew and perhaps find it to be a challenge to disobey.

“I’m for anything that’s going to help, but one of the things we have to understand is we can’t make all kinds of laws and things thinking that’s going to change things,” Beverly said.

Miller said he acknowledges much more will be necessary to prevent crime in Indianapolis but that his proposal can serve as a community conversation starter.

“We want to stress this is not the only solution to the issue. This is just one of many, but it’s one that we can do. It’s one we can look at and evaluate and try. The general feeling is [that] we have to do something,” Miller said.

Tuesday’s meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in Room 102 at the Center for Leadership Development at 2425 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street, Indianapolis. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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