The city council in Greensboro, N.C., held an emergency meeting Wednesday and passed new curfew regulations after 400 teens last weekend got involved in a downtown brawl.
The 8-1 vote means that anyone under the age of 17 is banned from downtown Greensboro from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. The curfew will go into effect immediately. Anyone found in violation could be arrested.
Saturday night the Greensboro police estimated about 400 people were involved in a massive fight. Police had to use pepper spray and stun guns to break up the brawl. Some officers sustained minor injuries. Backup had to be called from Guilford County.
There were 11 people arrested ranging from ages 16 to 20.
"The root problem is, 'Why are these large groups of young people congregating downtown?'" Mayor Robbie Perkins told The News-Record. "This is a problem for the city of Greensboro. It’s a problem for youth. It’s a problem for parents."
“Greensboro City Council reinstated the downtown curfew today. tweeted councilman Zack Matheny on Wednesday. "I think it was the right move. Public safety for ALL citizens is number one.”
Officials have also discussed at 50 police officers downtown on weekends, as well as enforcing new traffic restrictions.
The city council said it could revisit the measure in 60 days.