Flint adopts special July 4 event youth curfew - WNEM TV 5

Flint adopts special July 4 event youth curfew

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FLINT, MI (WNEM/AP) -

The clock is ticking for some mid-Michigan minors.

A local police chief announced a new curfew for special events and it means anyone 16 and younger better be with a parent, or in their house, after 6 p.m. or they could find themselves trying to enjoy the festivities from behind bars.

"The message here today for this special enforcement is just simply enjoy the event and enjoy it with your family, key word family," Flint Police Chief James Tolbert said.

Tolbert announced his department's plan for a special curfew for the Fourth of July holiday.

That curfew is limited to specific sections in the city near downtown.

Between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. children 16 and younger are not allowed in those areas unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

"Supervise your children and there should be no issues," Tolbert said.

He said his goal is to create an atmosphere where everyone can have a good time.

"Is to foster an atmosphere of family engagement. We have events and we feel that if we can make sure that these events are family oriented, and we have the supervision that is required to have a safe event we won't have any issues," Tolbert said.

Officers said this special curfew starts when the festivities begin. The chief said it's really pretty simple. 

As other special events happen in Flint the curfew will also go into effect.

State-appointed emergency manager Darnell Earley amended a city ordinance allowing the police chief new authority to remove unsupervised minors from streets when special events are being held.

Chief James Tolbert says in a statement that "erratic behavior" by groups of unsupervised minors can "lead to confrontations and other situations threaten public safety."

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