Dy’er Sez: Ok, THEY aren’t calling it martial law, but what else do you call an enforced curfew of adult American citizens?
Obviously, the powers that be in NJ know this is WRONG and probably ILLEGAL and UNCONSTITUTIONAL. I can only think of two reasons why they are trying this: one is that they are hoping for a legal test of the very notion that this is allowable in the USA. The second is that they are using this as a test of how it is to be implemented in the near future (swine flu, anyone?)
Story from AP (posted on NJ.com):
NJ city considers adult curfew after crime spate
The Associated Press (AP) — PATERSON, N.J. – Curfews might not be just for kids anymore in one city in northern New Jersey.
Officials in Paterson are considering one for people of all ages in a bid to curb violence after a spate of deadly shootings.
Several experts say they believe it would be the nation’s first curfew of its type to include adults. The state ACLU says it would open Paterson to legal action.
The curfew would last for two months and would bar people from loitering outside from midnight to 7 a.m. Violators would face up to a $2,000 fine and 90 days in jail.