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Community Calls For Curfew In Pocomoke

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POCOMOKE CITY, Md.- Neighbors in Pocomoke are urging town officials to put a curfew in place to help combat crime and bad behavior. The request comes after a disturbing fight took place on Fourth Street and Laurel Street last month. 

The fight ended with two arrest Robert Robinson, 38, and Dashawn Riheem Ballard, 21, both of Pocomoke and one man being tasked. People in the neighborhood are fed up and want the city to take action. 

Pocomoke City Manger, Ernest Crowfoot said several people in the community are asking the city for help.

"They asked if we could do anything and one of the suggestions that one of the citizens made was a curfew law, because it is an area where youth and younger adults tend to congregate. We get reports from time to time, so the city's response was at the meeting that we would look into curfew laws," Crowfoot said. 

Crowfoot said it's a difficult process to implement a curfew but not impossible. He said the city must be careful in crafting a curfew, in that the law has to protect the rights of everyone. 

Shawn Brown lives in Pocomoke and said a curfew would be good for the neighborhood.

"Anit nothing wrong with it, nothing wrong with it at all. I think it would be better, it would could cut down a whole lot of fighting," Brown said. 

William Nock also lives in Pocomoke and said he's not sure a curfew would be effective.

"They do need a curfew, but I don't think they're going to obey it," Nock said.

Nock said most parents won't enforce the curfew because they're not home or they allow their kids to do what they want. Crowfoot said having parents and neighbors involved is important.

"Having the citizens come to us and say we'd really like you to address this, in some way is a leg up on solving the problem," Crowfoot said. 

Pocomoke City officials said they are responding to neighbors concerns and are trying o find the best way to do that legally and effectively. Crowfoot said the city officials expect to hold a public meeting in September to start getting the communities input on a curfew law. 

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