Philadelphia has become such an unsafe cesspool that their Mayor may now institute a permanent 10pm curfew for those under the age of 18.
On Thursday, the City Council voted 15-1 to permanently extend the curfew. The curfew would be year-round even when children are home from school in the summer.
During its’ initial rollout in July, police would try to reunite teens that were out past 10pm with their families. If that didn’t work, they could then be taken to nearby community resource centers.
The measure now heads to Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney for approval. It’s unclear what his decision will be.
THE CITY OF BROTHERLY LOVE HAS BEEN FALLING APART
As we report here nearly on a daily basis – Philly, like the rest of America’s big cities, have become an absolute mess. Gang violence is rampant and the blatant disregard for both law enforcement and the law has just absolutely destroyed Philly’s reputation and their citizens’ dreams.
The curfew extension comes in lieu of a new viral video that police have released regarding an unprovoked daylight shooting of a Philadelphia Parking Authority guard. The disturbing surveillance footage can be viewed here:
Philly’s crime-ridden streets have also had an economic effect as iconic stores like Wawa have closed some stores. In July, Starbucks announced they would also be closing some Philly-based locations after a rise in local crime.
Although the curfew appears to be a no-brainer, some law enforcement officials have voiced their concerns. Philadelphia warrant unit sergeant Mark Fussetti told CBS that the police force is already understaffed and this isn’t the best way to utilize their resources. He also added that the new policy will put cops in an untenable situation.
“We can’t just stop anyone for any reason anymore,” Fusetti said. “How are we going to determine a 15-year-old and a 20-year-old, or a 20-year-old who looks 15? Officers are going to hesitate because this is another chance for them to get in trouble.”
Last year, Philadelphia had a record high number of homicides. They are expected to beat that this year and it doesn’t look like there’s an end in sight.