Camden Lawmakers Pass Curfew To Curb Late-Night Crime

CAMDEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Camden’s City Council has again passed a business curfew intended to cut crime around late-night food places in one of the nation’s most crime-ridden cities.

Restaurants and stores near residential zones would have to close by 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and by midnight Friday and Saturday.

Liquor stores, gas stations and pharmacies would be exempt.

The rule is to take affect 20 days after the city publishes the regulations, which must be reviewed by state officials.

There’s already a threat of legal action to stop the curfew, which is similar to ones courts have twice rejected.

Activist Frank Fulbrook says he’ll sue to block the curfew. He says it would harm businesses.

Have you noticed an uptick in crime in Camden since the police layoffs? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  • KPMc

    I’ve never seen a liquor store open at midnight! I kind of assumed it was already a law that they close early. Then again… I’ve never been to Camden but that certainly sounds like some flawed logic.

  • HooHah

    “Liquor stores, gas stations and pharmacies would be exempt.” Close food stores, keep liquor stores open, and reduce crime. Out of the box thinking at its finest.

  • diver

    And they left the liquor stores open? Makes perfect sense to me!

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