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Columbia Curfew talk curbed for now

COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Columbia City Council decided to hold off on a curfew for teens 17-years old and younger.

City Attorney Ken Gaines and Police Chief Randy Scott say there isn't enough data to prove that juveniles are committing a significant amount of crime in the Capital City.

Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine says the city could face a lawsuit if it passes this ordinance in a hurry.

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"When we first started talking about it we had the ACLU represented and said they were looking at what we were doing very closely, so I think we have to very cognizant of what we're doing and do it the right way," she explains.

There is timetable for future discussion on this issue. Councilwoman Belinda Gergel initially floated the idea of a city-wide curfew to deal with rising crime in Five Points.

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