- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Memphis Mayor A C Wharton says police should be able to detain juveniles who are out after curfew.

The Commercial Appeal (https://bit.ly/10Fq0pn) reports Wharton proposed the policy change in a letter this week to City Council member Myron Lowery. Local and state laws currently only allow officers to take teens home or to juvenile court.

Wharton says he wants the council to amend the city ordinance to allow officers to take minors to new “juvenile safety centers” where they would stay there until a parent or guardian picks them up.

Juvenile court officials say youth crime is actually down this year, but a recent attack by a mob of teens and other incidents have raised questions about safety.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, https://www.commercialappeal.com

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