Reg Chapman, CBS Minnesota, March 31, 2012
There have been six mob attacks, in all, since February. Now, police are now wondering if an 8 o’clock curfew keeping anyone 17 and under from two downtown streets will stop the violence.
Nicollet Mall is a destination for many. Outdoor patios where drinks and food are served are a draw not only to people who live here, but also tourists.
Since February, when the sun goes down, later in the evening, mobs of teens take advantage of the darkness and attack.
Minneapolis Police have asked the city attorney if it can impose a curfew of 8 p.m. along the mall and Hennepin Avenue.
Some think the idea would keep mobs of kids like this out of downtown.
There is a curfew in Hennepin County. Sunday through Thursday, kids under 12 need to be home by 9 p.m., 12- to 14-year-olds by 10 p.m. and 15 to 17-year-old’s by 11 p.m.
On Friday and Saturday nights, the curfew is an hour later for all ages.