Curfew considered after massive brawl in downtown Greensboro
UPDATE: The Greensboro City Council has approved an ordinance to reinstate a downtown curfew for teenagers. Read more.
GREENSBORO, N.C. — A massive fight in downtown Greensboro Saturday night has some city leaders taking a hard look at bringing back the teen curfew.
Nearly 400 people were involved in the several fights that happened along Elm Street.
Greensboro police arrested 11 people ranging in age from 16 to 20-years-old. Officers had to use pepper spray and a stun gun to try to get the crowd under control. Greensboro Police Department had to call UNCG Police and Guilford County for extra help.
Some officers minor injuries following the fights. As soon as one fight stopped another started.
The security cameras outside of Syn and Sky nightclub caught many of the brawls. The footage shows two groups of teens walking toward each other on Elm Street and several people running away into the streets.
Mike Carter is the owner of Syn and Sky and thinks it’s about time to reenact the 11 p.m. curfew that was enforced in 2011.
“It makes no sense for teenagers to be out roaming around on a Friday or Saturday night, or any night for that matter,” Carter said.
Several teens said they understand the reasoning behind the curfew, but they’re still upset they have to deal with the consequences even when they’ve been following the rules.
“First of all just stop for all you juvenile delinquents. Just stop. Really, it’s not really worth it. You’re ruining it for us,” said Christopher Hicks, a high school junior.
Greensboro police and city leaders are discussing extra patrols for the holiday weekend.
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