Chicago Ald. Brian Hopkins pushes earlier curfew for unaccompanied minors downtown

Effort prompted by attack on couple by teens in Streeterville where pregnant woman was kicked in stomach and lost her baby

ByCindy Hernandez Sun-Times Media Wire logo
Friday, June 7, 2024
Alderman pushes earlier curfew for unaccompanied minors downtown
Chicago Alderman Brian Hopkins wants an 8 p.m. curfew for unaccompanied minors in downtown after a couple was attacked by teens in Streeterville.

CHICAGO -- Ald. Brian Hopkins of the 2nd Ward is pushing to implement a curfew on unaccompanied minors downtown following an attack last week on a couple by a group of teenagers.

The couple were on a date Friday night when they were surrounded by a group of teens who began beating them about 9 p.m. near Grand Avenue and McClurg Court in Streeterville, Chicago police said.

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Police say the man, 40, was hit several times in the head by a 14-year-old boy, and the woman had her hair pulled out by a 17-year-old girl.

The woman was two months pregnant and said she found out after the attack that she had lost the baby.

Both teens were arrested and charged with battery, a misdemeanor.

Hopkins said the charges were "entirely inappropriate" and requested the Cook County states attorney's office upgrade the charges to a felony "given the severity of the assailants' actions."

Hopkins is now pushing to pass an 8 p.m. curfew for all unaccompanied minors from being in the Central Business District. The curfew would prevent minors from being in the downtown area without the supervision of an adult.

"I do not believe every minor present during these recent gatherings have ill intentions, but it is painfully clear that a few agitators and ring leaders have instigated violent and chaotic actions time and time again, and this activity cannot be tolerated," Hopkins said in a statement.

If passed, the curfew would allow police to cite those in violation.