A curfew for unaccompanied minors was put in place in Chicago after a 16-year-old boy was shot and killed Saturday at a popular tourist attraction.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the curfew that will extend through Sunday, reported ABC7.
“This new policy will be strictly enforced and violations will be dealt with quickly. All of our residents and visitors under the age of 18 are welcome in the Park during evening hours provided they are accompanied by at least one responsible adult,” he said in a statement.
The shooting took place around 7:30 pm near “The Bean” sculpture in downtown Chicago’s Millennium Park, one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations.
The boy who was fatally shot has been identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office as Chicago resident Seandell Holliday.
He was taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Demonstrations were held in the park on Saturday to protest against the Supreme Court’s draft leaked ruling that could overturn the Roe vs. Wade and make abortion illegal in many states.
Police arrested a total of 26 minors and five adults during the meeting.
However, it is unclear if Holliday was part of the protests, most of which had dispersed by late afternoon.
A total of eight weapons were seized and five weapons-related arrests were made, police said.
A 17-year-old boy was arrested Sunday for allegedly shooting Holliday and charged with second-degree murder, among other charges, police added.
Chicago Police Superintendent David O Brown said the department will continue to partner with city schools to raise gun awareness.
“Too many individuals and families have been hurt by senseless gun violence in our city. Too many weapons are finding their way into the hands of those who have too little respect for the sanctity of life. It should not be normal to see young lives and immense potential cut short,” he said in a statement.
Chicago has recorded 779 shootings and 194 homicides, compared to 898 shootings and 207 homicides during the same period in 2021, according to figures released by the Chicago police department on May 8.
Mayor Lightfoot called the shooting “unacceptable.”
“This senseless loss of life is absolutely unacceptable. Tonight, a mother is heartbroken, mourning the loss of her child and searching for answers. My heart is breaking for the mother as she mourns this unspeakable loss,” she said in her statement.
“Of course, young people are welcome everywhere in our city, but the norms of the community demand mutual respect, the property of the people and the sanctity of life. Anything less will simply not be tolerated.”
The curfew has been criticized by the American Civil Liberties Union, which said it could lead to unnecessary arrests.
“The vague description, reliance on an undefined ‘responsible adult,’ allowing youth to be present in the park and the promise of strict enforcement will result in unnecessary stops and arrests and will further strain relations between CPD and young people of color We will continue to monitor this situation closely,” the statement said.