Associated Press
August 16, 2008

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Police took 16 young people off the streets on the first night of a curfew crackdown in response to escalating violence, officials said.

The curfew in the Connecticut capital bans anyone under 18 from loitering on the streets after 9 p.m., unless they are with a parent or guardian.

Police Chief Daryl Roberts said curfew violators were taken to their homes and enforcement of the long-standing curfew went without incident Thursday night. He said there were no reported shootings in the city of 125,000 residents.

Police have said the curfew ordinance will be enforced for 30 days.

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