Atlanta City Councilwoman Keisha Sean Waites wants to enact a citywide curfew after the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy Saturday night.
Waites plans to introduce legislation calling for a 7 p.m. mandatory curfew for children ages 17 and under, the city announced Monday.
The legislation will require any location that has patterns of violence to integrate commercial grade cameras into the Atlanta Police Department’s Video Integration Center to give 911 operators access to those cameras.
Zyion Charles became the fifth youngest homicide victim this year in metro Atlanta when he was fatally shot near Atlantic Station the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Five others were wounded in the incident.
“As a stopgap measure to save the lives of family members and our neighbors until we develop a solution, we must move quickly to protect the lives of our most vulnerable populations,” Waites said.
On Monday, Zyion’s mother and grandmother spoke to the council during an afternoon council committee meeting. His relatives tearfully begged the city for help as his mother, Deerica Charles, described how she repeatedly asked the juvenile justice system to help her correct the car break-ins her mentally-ill son committed.
“Help these young boys because I don’t have a chance anymore,” Deerica Charles said.
Wilborn P. Nobles III covers Atlanta City Hall for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He began covering DeKalb County Schools for The AJC in November 2020. He previously covered Baltimore County for The Baltimore Sun and education for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans. He interned at the Washington Post. He graduated from Louisiana State University.