On May 14, a 16-year-old was fatally shot near “The Bean” sculpture in Chicago’s Millennium Park. As a result, the city has instituted a curfew.
According to The Chicago Sun Times, unaccompanied minors under the age of 18 are banned from visiting Chicago’s Millennium Park starting at 6 p.m., Thursday through Sunday.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in a statement, “This new policy will be strictly enforced and violations will be dealt with swiftly.”
She also added, “As a city, we must ensure that our young people have safe spaces to congregate and that in those spaces they are peaceful and actually safe.”
The Chicago Police Department did not specify how the policy will be enforced.
The name of the 16-year-old who was killed has not been released. He was reportedly shot in the chest and pronounced dead at Lurie Children’s Hospital. An 18-year-old was shot in the neck and is in fair condition.
A 17-year-old has been charged with second-degree murder for the crime.
On May 14, hundreds of people were gathered at Chicago’s Millennium Park to protest the leaked draft opinion that suggests the Supreme Court will overturn the nationwide right to abortion. It is unknown if the 16-year-old who was killed was part of the demonstration.