‘Drop it, or we will drop you’: Will Milwaukee’s curfew work as well as those in Ferguson and Baltimore?
As the city of Milwaukee turned into something resembling a war zone Saturday night, Mayor Tom Barrett held an emergency midnight press conference, during which he urged parents of anyone at the scene of the “unrest” (i.e., rioting, arson, looting, etc.) to get their kids home immediately.
“If you love your son, if you love your daughter, text them, call them, pull them by their ears, get them home,” he said.
As of Monday night, Barrett won’t be leaving it up to parents to pull their kids’ ears to get them home; instead, the city is imposing a strict 10 p.m. curfew for teens.
First, it’s about time, and second, good luck with that, sincerely. One doesn’t have to look back too far to see similar attempts by the cities of Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore and just how well those worked.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, exactly two years ago tomorrow, announced that demonstrators in Ferguson would have to clear the streets between midnight and 5 a.m. They didn’t, and argued on social media that the curfew was simply a means of giving police free rein to conduct mass arrests and “criminalize protesting murder.”
Hey, look: some are still going with that line.
Local resistance to … a cop shooting a suspect armed with a stolen semi-auto handgun?
Youth rights, y’all!
Teens can be so sassy. It’s an awkward age.
From the vaults, here’s a look at the streets of Ferguson the night the curfew kicked in.
Even Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who was criticized for instructing police to hang back and give rioters “space” to destroy after the death of Freddie Gray, attempted to impose a 10 p.m. curfew. Once again from the archives, here’s a shot of the streets about a half-hour after the curfew went into effect:
Again, best of luck with the curfew in Milwaukee. Teens should be home at night, especially considering that even journalists covering the rioting have been assaulted, and one has announced he’s packing up and getting out, saying “it’s not safe if you’re white to be here.”