Clergy to weigh in on Kansas City's teen curfew

Dozens of Kansas City faith leaders and activists have organized a meeting Monday night to discuss a controversial proposal by one Kansas City council member to enact a year-round curfew for teenagers in the city's entertainment districts after 9 p.m.

Many are expressing their concerns about the negative impact on children.

Rev. Ralph Wright, with the National People's Movement, says the group will discuss the controversial curfew proposal in a meeting at the Southeast Library on Swope Parkway.

The group is concerned about the racial divide established under the curfew rules.

Last year, all 34 curfew tickets issued to teens went to African Americans.

Councilman Jermaine Reed made the racial connection during a meeting last week, yet the mayor entered council chambers to put the implication to rest.

Mayor Sly James says we need solutions to help curb problems with large groups of teenagers, stemming from a shooting at the Country Club Plaza.

The City Council tabled the idea of an extended curfew for three weeks.

The National Peoples Movement meeting is Monday night at 5:30 p.m.

If passed, the curfew would extend year round and cover the County Club Plaza, Power and Light District, Zona Rosa and 18th and Vine districts.

Some, including the police chief, believe a year round curfew could be a drain on public safety resources.

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