Police Chief Daryl Forte
KCCG Channel 2

Kansas City's police chief answered questions about bias in enforcement of the city's youth curfew Wednesday. Chief Darryl Forte gave his report to a city council committee.

Only 62 young people were hauled in city-wide for curfew violations last year, and only 20 of those involved congregating and rowdy behavior in entertainment districts.

But the fact that about 90 percent were African-American caused concern for some council members. Chief Forte' said those concerns were unfounded.

As discussion opened  third district councilman Jermaine Reed expressed concern that all 34 tickets issued last year were to African-American kids.

That prompted a surprise appearance from Mayor Sly James who admonished the group to stick to the issue and not drift off into race relations. James agreed that the problem has some racial factors, but insisted that they are not the heart of the problem and that the city cannot allow the public to have the impression that it is not safe to go to some of its entertainment districts.

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Daytime Curfew Stalls In Committee

Mar 21, 2012

With overwhelming testimony against posting a daytime curfew for truant students in Kansas City, a City Council committee put the issue on hold as well as a watered down substitute.