The arrest of two 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old over the weekend has led city commissioners to ask for strict enforcement of Royal Oak’s 10:30 p.m. curfew for anyone 16 or under.
“We had a group of kids show up at the after 7 p.m. (on Saturday),” Chief Corrigan O’Donohue told commissioners at their meeting Monday night. “There was some Twitter activity about a fight that was supposed to take place there. Most of them were just hoping to see a fight that never happened.”
Commissioner Kyle DuBuc said he noticed “downtown Royal Oak” was a trending topic on the popular social media site Saturday night.
“Kids were exchanging a lot of banter saying ‘Who’s going? I’m going,’” DuBuc said. The commissioner said he couldn’t tell if it was just “kids ribbing each other” or if they were alluding to an actual fight.
At 9:30 p.m. Saturday, a large group of teens leaving a movie at the Emagine Theatre entered the mix of youths already roaming around downtown, causing a variety of problems, according to O’Donohue.
“It was a little bit like herding cats, going from one problem to another,“ O’Donohue said. Most of the activity was normal for teenagers, but some of it was serious, including larceny, he said.
Ultimately, police officers on foot were brought in to keep the crowd in control and keep the youths from blocking traffic.
O’Donohue told commissioners that the police department does not want to overreact, as the incident could be a one-time event.
In the meantime, the public is reminded the 10:30 p.m. curfew will be enforced and parents will be cited and get a misdemeanor ticket if their teenager breaks the curfew.