OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Omaha officials and residents are discussing a possible youth curfew following a gang shooting that led to a bystander being killed.
The Omaha World-Herald reports that City Council Vice President Chris Jerram is talking to constituents about introducing a youth curfew to apply only during the summer. He says he’s looking into a 10 p.m. curfew for youth under 16 and an 11 p.m. curfew for those under 19, with exceptions.
The discussions come after a shooting earlier this month between gang members that killed a bystander and injured six others.
Experts disagree on how effective curfews are at reducing crime.
Mayor Jean Stothert says the city would need to analyze juvenile crime statistics and other data to show that a curfew is warranted. She says the city couldn’t impose a curfew based on “one isolated incident.”