Detroit votes down curfew for riverfront festival

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit City Council has shot down a proposal by the city’s police chief to institute a curfew for unaccompanied minors during a weekend riverfront festival.

Chief James Craig wanted the downtown curfew to run from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. beginning Friday for River Days. It failed Tuesday by a 4-3 vote.

Craig said the city is “still going to have a very safe and festive event.”

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan also opposed the curfew.

The Council did approve a curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for Monday’s annual fireworks show. But that will be limited to the area around downtown.

Nearly 150 juveniles were detained at last year’s fireworks show for violating curfew.

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