Baltimore’s city council has passed a much-debated curfew law that means young people will be required to be off the streets by as early as 9 p.m.
The existing curfew law allows kids under 17 to stay out until 11 p.m. during the week and midnight on weekends, but the new law pushes those times earlier by two hours in some cases.
“There’s already a huge amount of police brutality, with adults being targeted, but now police are going to have the green light to do the exact same thing to young people,” said opponent Colleen Davidson, a youth organizer of a group called Fist.
Supporters, including the mayor, said the main job for the connection center is to connect kids and their families to support and services.
“This is about taking them out of harm’s way before a situation materializes where their being on the street becomes a law enforcement concern,” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said.