‘My Brother’s Keeper’ pushes to end city’s youth curfew ordinance
SAN ANTONIO - My Brother’s Keeper San Antonio is seeking to stop what it calls the criminalization of youth, by demanding the San Antonio City Council end the Youth Curfew Ordinance.
The ordinance was adopted a few years ago and it allowed police to give citations to kids who were under 16 years old and caught outside between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. The kids could also receive a fine up to $500.
"It doesn't promote positive interactions between young men of color, or young people in general, with police officers and law enforcement,” MBKSA Chairman Akeem Brown said.
Brown said some youth who are forced to work jobs early in the morning before school or late at night after school have unintentionally become victims of this ordinance.
"They're trying to become positive citizens in this community and become added value to our community, but unfortunately systems like this don't allow it,” Brown said.
City records showed police issued 117 citations in 2017. News 4 San Antonio reached out to the San Antonio Police Department, which issued most of the tickets, and was told the department will not comment until after the city council revisits the matter at the end of the month.
Brown and MBKSA now want the city to do away with this ordinance, which was designed to minimize the likelihood of kids becoming victims of crime or participating in illegal activity.
"We're proposing restorative justice models. We're proposing re-engagement centers. We're proposing several solutions beyond just criminalizing our young people,” Brown said.
MBKSA is hosting a Panel Discussion and Community Dialogue on Wednesday, April 4th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Mays Family Clubhouse – Boys and Girls Club of San Antonio located at 123 Ralph St, San Antonio, TX 78204.