Curfew Dispute

It's designed to make the streets of Ville Platte safer.  But one person says a new curfew ordinance infringes on the rights of residents.

People in Ville Platte are no stranger to bright reflective vests because of the curfew mandated in the city. But the council is discussing to extend the curfew from 90 days to 180 days.

“This is not a third world country, this is America people have rights. If that were the case the state of Louisiana and America needs a curfew” says Evangeline Parish NAACP President Arthur Sampson.

Sampson says a curfew should not be continuously put in place to curb crime; police need to pick up the slack as well.

“They need to go out in different areas instead of parking and sitting in one area, that's what I have a problem with the law enforcement.”

Every resident we spoke to likes the curfew and has no problem with it possibly being extended. A public hearing will be held on September 13th and residents will have their say on the curfew extension.

Doug MacDiarmid

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