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Beating may spur swift action on curfew

Jun 26, 2011 11:33:00 PM - thestate.com
In the wake of last week’s savage beating of a recent Dreher High School graduate, Columbia City Council members said Sunday they are poised to approve an emergency curfew for teens 17 and under in Five Points and other hospitality areas.

“We want to make sure what we do is legally defensible,” said Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, who said discussion could come Tuesday.

Council member Leona Plaugh said she is in favor of enacting a curfew quickly, possibly on an emergency basis.

“We need to act now,” Plaugh said.

Violence in Five Points is a complex problem and a curfew addresses only part of the situation, but what council can do now, it should do as soon as possible, Plaugh said. She said she is in favor of a curfew that would be in effect every day and apply to youths 17 and younger.

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