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Hartford Youth Curfew Goes Into Effect
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Hartford police detectives collect evidence and more than 20 gun shell casings at the scene of one shooting: Photo by Patrick Raycraft of the Hartford CourantHartford police detectives collect evidence and more than 20 gun shell casings at the scene of one shooting: Photo by Patrick Raycraft of the Hartford CourantHartford police will begin enforcing a 30 day emergency curfew tonight.

Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez announced the curfew on Monday as part of a plan to curb violence on city streets. Originally, city officials said anyone under 18 found on the streets after 9 p.m. would be picked up by police and taken to two community centers where they'd be released to a parent or guardian.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut voiced opposition to the plans citing unconstitutionality as one reason it was mulling over a decision to challenge the curfew.

Just last night, the city clarified its curfew saying the police would enforce a city code targeting teenagers who loiter after 9 p.m. First time violators will be given a written warning and driven home. City spokeswoman, Sarah Barr says repeat offenders will be summoned to community court.

The ACLU now says it will monitor how the city enforces the curfew in the next few days before deciding on whether to file a challenge.