ACLU suing City of Clinton over curfew
POSTED: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 6:30pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 6:34pm
CLINTON, LA (NBC33) — The ACLU is stepping in to take some serious action against the Clinton’s curfew laws.
Today, lawyers filed a lawsuit against the City of Clinton, the city's mayor and police chief.
The ACLU said that the curfew is making criminals out of people who want to be out “past bedtime.”
The controversial curfew began back in May when the mayor and council members changed the city’s curfew to cover everyone, not just those under 18.
The lawsuit claims that people living in Clinton need to have freedom to come and go as they need to without fear of breaking the law.
Police Chief Fred Dunn maintains that the curfew is doing its job as crime continues to fall since it started. He claims that the crime rate has dropped 65 percent.
Residents have had mixed feelings about the ordinance.
"Going out to the movies in Baton Rouge and going out to dinner, and you know, having to drive an hour back. There’s times I won't be back by 11:00 and I don't think you should be stopped for that," said Joni Easter, a Clinton resident.
"I do travel during the curfew because I leave early for work. I’ve never had any problems or anything else. I don't think they're going to give problems to anyone who's working or stuff like that. I am fine with it because I do understand what they're trying to do with the people just sitting around," said Doug Hoogie, another Clinton resident.
The curfew was extended through to August 14 by the town board.