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Should Dallas bring back the teen curfew? The city council is split on the issue

The council wants more information from police Chief Renee Hall before a critical vote on teen curfew.

DALLAS — The Dallas Police Department wrote nearly 300 tickets to kids breaking curfew last year.

One of the areas where officers see kids hanging out late and write tickets is Trinity Groves, a popular dining destination.

Bethany Fritas manages a restaurant in the area.

"I think the teen curfew is honestly a good idea in the aspect that nothing really good happens after 11 p.m.,” Fritas said.

The curfew had been around since the 1990s, but this year it expired, and some on the City Council aren't happy about it. And they are upset the Dallas Police Department can't provide them answers as to how well the curfew works.

"I will just put on record that the City Manager and the Chief of Police will be up to speed to make sure we all have the information we need to be able to vote, because if it's not, they should not be the chief and they should not be the city manager,” city council member Tennell Atkins said.

Atkins said people in his community want the curfew, but other council members said it unfairly targets blacks and Latinos.

"It does not work," council member Philip Kingston said. "It doesn't reduce crime or reduce rates of teen victimization. It promotes damaging interactions between youth and police, and it violates both the first and fourth amendments."

All of that is hard to gauge because the department only keeps stats on the number of tickets written but not on how many kids they pull over and help get home safely.

These are answers the council is demanding from police Chief Renee Hall and her command staff before they vote later this month on whether to bring the curfew back.