Lansing Police to Enforce Curfew
Two teens were shot dead in the span of one month. Now, police plan to more actively enforce a curfew to keep the youth off the streets. Video by fox47news.comvideo
17-year-old Denzel Moss and 16-year-old Levon Wilson lost their lives in shootings all within the past month.
As a plan to help ensure safety, Lansing police are vowing to more actively enforce the city's curfew.
"If they're 12 and under, they can't be out on the public streets from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. and if they're 13 to 16, they can't be out on the public streets from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.," said Officer Gary Masseau.
According to Officer Masseau, kids who ignore the curfew could get a citation.The officer will then take them to the police department or give them a ride back home.
"I think it's part of a solution to the problem. I think what the curfew will do is give boundaries and guidelines to the parents," said Pastor Anthony Sheerin of Church in the City in Lansing.
Pastor Sheerin works with youth groups across Michigan and Levon Wilson attended his church.
"I have a teenage son myself and you just start to put yourself in that position...So it's really not even I think the youth that has the problem. It's sometimes us as parents, we have the issue and that's what we really need to address," said Pastor Sheerin.
At the same time, Officer Masseau wants to remind the youth that criminal activity can pick up after dark.
"These kids need to ask themselves, do I need to go out and why am I going out."