OAKLAND (KCBS) – Sometimes Oakland’s youth is committing crimes, but sometimes they’re the victims. Oakland City Councilman Noel Gallo is proposing a youth curfew to combat crime, but besides keeping kids off the streets, it can also keep them from situations where they could be victimized.
Gallo feels confident he can get the law, which fell flat with the city council in 2011, into the books. Seeing as how this isn’t the first time the city has had this on the table, it almost seems like Gallo is banking on the desperation of the city to try anything to reduce its rampant crime rate with an understaffed police force.
This is something that gets put before the council every few years and we usually get arguments from all sides on this. One of the more common arguments against the curfew is that it will disproportionately focus on the kids in the flatlands and not necessarily on the ones who live in the hills.
Gallo is proposing it as a safety measure. It’s being argued that it’s simply not safe for kids to be out in those flatlands after 10 p.m.