Two weeks into Miami’s enforcement of a Miami-Dade County teen curfew ordinance, teens seem to have disappeared after dark, reports the city’s Herald. Through the first two weekends, only five juveniles have been targeted by police in the department’s northern district, the city’s deadliest and most crime-infested, from Overtown north to Liberty City. “The first Saturday was a ghost town,” said Miami Police Maj. Craig McQueen. “Everybody was afraid.”
Prodded by the district’s city commissioner, Richard P. Dunn II, Miami police began enforcing the curfew at the start of May after a string of shootings felled victims including children. With the summer ahead, Dunn feared kids with too much time on their hands would trigger more trouble for an inner city already reeling from high unemployment. Unless accompanied by an adult supervisor, kids 17 and under must be home by 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and by midnight on weekends. Dunn said the punishment if a juvenile is picked up three times hasn’t been determined. That’s because the county amended its law and eliminated fines after the Florida Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional.