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August 9th, 2011
12:10 PM ET

Philadelphia Mayor Nutter on curfew enforcement: 'Government cannot raise people's children'

In response to a string of mob attacks that have brought about vandalism and violence in Philadelphia over the past few months, Mayor Michael Nutter unveiled a curfew for the city's youth yesterday.

Children under 13 must be home by 10pm, while teens between 13 and 18 will have a midnight curfew. Teens caught violating the provisions could be fined between $100 and $300, while parents get a warning for the first infringement and could face up to $500 in fines for subsequent violations.

In an impassioned speech at the Mount Carmel Baptist church, Nutter called for community leaders and volunteers to step up to help youths, remarking that it is parents' responsibility to raise their children properly. He also laid blame to the teens saying that in participating in these mobs, "You damage yourself, you damage another person, you damage your peers, and quite honestly you damage your own race."

Mayor Nutter joins Ali Velshi on American Morning today to explain why he instituted the curfew and to weigh in on the violent incidents that have occurred throughout the city.


Filed under: Crime • Curfew