Lansing Police to Enforce Curfew

By: Fay Li Email
By: Fay Li Email

17-year-old Denzel Moss and 16-year-old Levon Wilson lost their lives in shootings all within the past month.

As a plan to help ensure safety, Lansing police are vowing to more actively enforce the city's curfew.

"If they're 12 and under, they can't be out on the public streets from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. and if they're 13 to16, they can't be out on the public streets from 12 a.m. to 6am," said Officer Gary Masseau.

According to Officer Masseau, kids who ignore the curfew could get a citation.The officer will then take them to the police department or give them a ride back home.

"I think it's part of a solution to the problem. I think what the curfew will do is give boundaries and guidelines to the parents," said Pastor Anthony Sheerin of Church in the City in Lansing.

Pastor Sheerin works with youth groups across Michigan and Levon Wilson attended his church.

"I have a teenage son myself and you just start to put yourself in that position...So it's really not even I think the youth that has the problem. It's sometimes us as parents, we have the issue and that's what we really need to address," said Pastor Sheerin.

At the same time, Officer Masseau wants to remind the youth that criminal activity can pick up after dark.

"These kids need to ask themselves, do I need to go out and why am I going out."

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  • by Kris Location: Lansing on Jul 15, 2012 at 07:37 AM
    Sooooooo, just like gun control in, say, Chicago....only the good ones obey the laws, the bad ones will be out later than allowed anyway, and this is just going to punish the good ones......
  • by Hornady Location: Jackson on Jul 14, 2012 at 10:49 PM
    I bet those brown colored people are pretty upset that we don't have any remorse of what their kid did. We have very little remorse for people who do stuff like that in our community.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 12, 2012 at 09:38 AM
    This is coming from a community that had a set of parents beat up a crossing guard.
  • by Anonymouse Location: Lansing Mi on Jul 12, 2012 at 06:29 AM
    a lot of people are assuming that the parents off Levon Wilson are just deadbeat parents who let their son stay out till 3am. Levon was staying at a friends house. The teenagers had a party a few houses down from where he was staying. A party that had adult supervision. There was NO drinking or drugs going on. After the party ended well before 3am Levon and his friend went home. After checking in with parents they sneaked back out. This doesn't make Levon a horrible person this makes him a teenager. We ALL have been some place we shouldn't have been as young teenagers angers. Curfew laws have been in-place for years I received a curfew ticket when I was 15yrs old and that was 19 yrs ago.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 17, 2012 at 08:34 AM in reply to Anonymouse
      Finally someone who know's the real deal comments. It's sad that Levon lost his life. But the real fault goes to the person who shot him. Those bullets were meant for someone to lose their life. If it wasn't him, it would have been someone else!!! I love how there was 10 people in and out of this house and no one knows much as Lansing talks ..seems unbelievable.
  • by Lois Location: Bonifay on Jul 11, 2012 at 02:40 PM
    Over here in Bonifay Fl. when teenagers get about 15 the parents throw them out of the house and they live where they can.I've had 7 teenagers living with my 2 sons here at home cause of sorry parents not caring where and with whom their sons were staying. When your children get taller than you and they are sassy, don't throw them away, love them, talk to them, tell them you can't walk around at night, times are to dangerous. Invite some of their friends to your house for a sleep over.
  • by Dave Location: Holt on Jul 11, 2012 at 02:09 PM
    Poll question asks if enforcing the curfew will reduce violence in Lansing. I doubt it will have much effect on the violence, however, it may reduce the number of youth victims.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 11, 2012 at 01:02 PM
    They will need several officers at each stop they make in South Lansing, as we have a gang of 12 to 20 year olds out at 2 or 3 in the morning. This should have been done years ago. But better late than never.
  • by Bob Location: Lansing on Jul 11, 2012 at 11:02 AM
    They passed these laws years ago to fix the same thing. But everything Lansing cops do is half axxed. These kids lives are on their heads. Quit giving chicken tickets and do your job.
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      by Cathy on Jul 12, 2012 at 04:58 AM in reply to Bob
      I agree. If this is going to be in effect then follow through and enforce it.
  • by john Location: lansing on Jul 11, 2012 at 10:03 AM
    and this will stop the violence how? The curfew violaters are not the people out there shooting everybody.
  • by brant Location: mason on Jul 11, 2012 at 09:13 AM
    That seems like an REALLY LATE curfew for kids. Either make it earlier so that it actually helps, or forget the whole thing.
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