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Activists protest Chicago teen curfew, say exceptions for events like Lollapalooza are unfair

CHICAGO (CBS) — With Lollapalooza in full swing, the town’s teen curfew has been sparking controversy.

The music competition in Grant Park attracts a younger crowd. But because it stands, the ten p.m. curfew for these beneath 18 doesn’t apply throughout sure events – together with ticketed concert events.

As CBS 2’s Marybel González reported Friday evening, some youth activists say it’s not truthful that the curfew applies to some teenagers and to not others.

The metropolis says the curfew is a technique to crack down on crime. But the activists name it unconstitutional, and say they are able to take it to court docket.

They used Lollapalooza itself as a venue to protest the town’s coverage.

“If you have a ticket for Lollapalooza – general admission or otherwise – then you don’t have to abide by that curfew, which instantly struck me as really weird,” stated youth activist Isaiah Pinzino of the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council.

On opening day of Lollapalooza, Pinzino – together with different activists from the GoodKids MadCity group – stood outdoors the live performance gates to denounce the town’s 10 p.m. curfew – in addition to the chief order that bans unaccompanied minors from Millennium Park on weekend nights.

A clause within the ordinance does enable minors who are coming from a ticketed occasion like Lollapalooza to be out previous the curfew.

“It also shows that they’re willing to circumvent the supposed safety reforms that that they’re inputting for concertgoers – which is absolutely ridiculous,” Pinzino stated.

Back in May, Mayor Lori Lightfoot introduced the measure as a technique to fight crime, shootings, and rowdy crowds. Infamously, a 16-year-old boy named Seandell Holliday was shot and killed in entrance of the Cloud Gate sculpture throughout a chaotic gathering in Millennium Park in May.

But activists say the curfew and different restrictions on younger individuals are not an answer.

A lawyer representing the activists despatched a letter to the town asking them to put off the curfew. They are calling the measure unconstitutional, and one which disproportionately impacts Black and brown teenagers.

The metropolis didn’t reply to our request for touch upon the letter.

We additionally reached out to Chicago Police to ask what occurs to teenagers who are attending the live performance and keep out previous curfew. The metropolis stated, “It is a defense for the minor to be participating in, or returning from, a ticketed event.”

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