A curfew for unaccompanied minors has been put in place in Chicago after a 16-year-old boy was shot dead at a popular tourist attraction on Saturday.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the curfew that will continue through Sunday, ABC7 reported.
“This new policy will be strictly enforced and violations will be dealt with promptly. All of our residents and visitors under the age of 18 are welcome at the park during the evening hours as long as they are accompanied by at least one responsible adult,” she said in a statement.
The shooting took place around 7:30 p.m. near “The Bean” sculpture in downtown Chicago’s Millenium Park, one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations.
The boy who was shot and killed was identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office as Chicago resident Seandell Holliday.
He was taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Demonstrations were taking place at the park on Saturday to protest the leak of the Supreme Court’s draft opinion that could overturn the Roe vs. Wade ruling and make abortion illegal in many states.
Police arrested a total of 26 minors and five adults at the rally.
It is unclear, however, whether Holliday was part of the protests, most of which had dispersed by late afternoon.
A total of eight firearms were confiscated and five gun-related arrests were made, police said.
A 17-year-old boy was arrested on Sunday for allegedly shooting Holliday and charged with second-degree murder, among other charges, police added.
Chicago Police Superintendent David O Brown said the department will continue to partner with schools across the city to raise awareness about firearms.
“Too many people and families have been hurt by senseless gun violence in our city. Too many guns end up in the hands of those who have too little respect for the sanctity of life. It should not be normal to see young lives and immense potential cut short,” he said in a statement.
Chicago recorded 779 shootings and 194 homicides, compared to 898 shootings and 207 homicides during the same period in 2021, according to figures released by Chicago police on May 8.
Mayor Lightfoot said the shooting incident was “unacceptable”.
“This senseless loss of life is completely unacceptable. Tonight, a mother grieves, mourns the loss of her child and searches for answers. My heart breaks for the mother as she mourns this indescribable loss,” she said in her statement.
“Of course, young people are welcome everywhere in our city, but community standards require mutual respect, ownership of people and the sanctity of life. Anything less will simply not be tolerated.
The curfew has been criticized by the American Civil Liberties Union, which said it could lead to unnecessary arrests.
“The vague description – relying on an indefinite ‘responsible adult’ – allowing young people to be present in the park and the promise of strict enforcement will lead to unnecessary stops and arrests and further tension between the CPD and the young people of color. We will continue to monitor this situation closely,” the statement said.
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