Clearing the Corners
- Chicago Police officers will start "cleaning the corners" of kids violating curfew to curb the annual surge in summer violence, Mayor Daley warned Thursday, as curfew citations skyrocketed.
Already this year, the Chicago Police Department has issued 11,027 curfew citations, approaching the 12,965 citation figure for all of 2006.
That will only be the beginning of the citation-and-fine blitzkrieg if Daley has his way.
Unless they're going to or from work or are accompanied by an adult, kids under 17 are not allowed on the streets after 10:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
"I want parents all over to know where their kids are . . . at all times. It isn't up to the Chicago Police at 11 p.m. to walk around and look for your kids. . . . It's up to you to take responsibility," Daley told a news conference at Avalon Park, 1215 E. 83rd St., called to announce an array of safe summer programs for kids.
"Police are gonna enforce the curfew. ... Police are gonna start cleaning the corners. Don't complain to them because, if there's a drive-by shooting, you'll complain afterwards."