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Reality Check: Teen curfew for entertainment district only, not enforceable

(IMG:WPMI) Reality Check: Teen curfew for entertainment district only, not enforceable

A teen curfew was on the books before 2015, but it was allowed to lapse. It's been brought up several times, but the fact is that there is no citywide curfew ordinance.

The current ordinance only applies to the entertainment district downtown.

Tuesday, a Mobile Police spokesperson told NBC 15 News that even though that curfew is on the books, it's not an enforceable ordinance. Police declined an on-camera interview but said that resources were a challenge.

We asked Councilman Fred Richardson about another curfew concern, racial profiling.

"I think that's going to be an issue no matter what we do until we find a better way," said Richardson.

The punishment for breaking curfew used to vary from being taken to a curfew center, or in worse cases, to Strickland or resulting in a $100 dollar fine.

But as it stands now, police can only act if a crime has been committed.

City Council has the power to bring back the citywide ordinance, but several councilmen would rather stay out of it.

"Parents need to be parents, and it shouldn't just be up to the police and the city," said Richardson.


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