Bridgeport police reinstate controversial youth curfew following violent weekend

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Bridgeport police are responding to violence at a city courthouse by reinstating a controversial youth curfew.

City residents under 18 are being warned by police to get off the streets before it gets late, or you could get a ticket.

The policy is back in order after a weekend of violence that ended with a car sprayed with bullets in front of a courthouse.

1 victim remains in intensive care after Bridgeport courthouse shooting 

Teens will no longer be allowed on the streets after 11 p.m. on weeknights and midnight on weekends. The law was actually passed eight years ago, a City Council member says it didn't work effectively.

In 2014, a video surfaced of a Bridgeport police officer struggling with a teen over a curfew violation. This time, Mayor Joe Ganim says things will be different.

"I don't know that video, but I've seen enough videos that I don't want to see -- that we never want to see happen again," says Ganim.

The mayor says police will be given quite a bit of leeway to decide how to handle curfew cases.

 

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