Community meeting discusses expansion to Kansas City's curfew - KCTV5

Community meeting discusses expansion to Kansas City's curfew

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

As the Kansas City Council weighs expanding the city's curfew laws, community leaders are weighing in.

Some ministers believe the money would be better spent on improving lives. All the citations for curfew violations have gone to black teens, which Mayor Sly James says is not discriminatory.

But the Rev. Ralph Wright said it is clearly racist.

"I believe that race has a lot to do with it, yes, absolutely," he said. "If it were little white kids doing the same thing, we would be coming up with true solutions to the problem."

He said he is working to develop a march on the Country Club Plaza.

Teens said youth face serious issues, and a curfew expansion is a bandage on a significant wound.

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