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East St. Louis Mayor All But Overrules Bill of Rights to Fight Crime

Of all the new restrictions Mayor Alvin Parks enacted this week to battle youth violence, the most controversial is limiting what colors male residents can wear.

Parks on Wednesday said anyone under 18 would be arrested if they were not in class during school hours, or if they were not home by 10 p.m. And even before 10 p.m., he said, children and youths only will be allowed to attend school, after-school programs, church or work unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

But it was his pronouncement that males of any age would be banned from wearing royal blue or bright red clothing — colors generally associated with gangs — that attracted the most reaction.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Read full article. (link)

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  • Hneckone||

    "Parks on Wednesday said anyone under 18 would be arrested if they were not in class during school hours, or if they were not home by 10 p.m. And even before 10 p.m., he said, children and youths only will be allowed to attend school, after-school programs, church or work unless accompanied by a parent or guardian."

    1.) Youths are basically under house arrest simply for the area they happen to live in and the "most controversial" aspect is what colors they're wearing?
    2.) They'll never be able to effectively enforce this--kids will forge church vouchers or work vouchers - whatever they need to "prove" they're complying.
    3.) Even if they can enforce this policy, they'll only succeed in shifting the time period of drug dealing, killings, etc. The killers are going to target their victims when the opportunity arises--regardless of what time it is.

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