Hangouts May Be Hang-Up for D.C. Police

School kids want protection

By Andy Salsman
|  Monday, Dec 14, 2009  |  Updated 1:16 PM EDT
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Hangouts May Be Hang-Up for D.C. Police

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Is that a group of friends hanging out by your local school, or is it a dangerous gang about to jump or mug kids after class? That’s the question at the heart of a proposal D.C. Council is considering to keep kids safe as they leave school.

The council is thinking of creating “Safe Passage Emergency Zones,” which are essentially loiter-free zones, according to the Examiner. They give police the authority to arrest or break up groups of people they think could be about to commit a crime.

The zones would only be in effect between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. and could only be in place for up to five straight school days.

So when they say it takes a village to raise a child, let’s just hope that village isn’t hanging out near a school...

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