Over 100 shopping malls across America have implemented a curfew on “unaccompanied teens” after 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays after thousands of blacks rioted in shopping centers for the second year in a row the day after Christmas.
The latest mall to implement the curfew is the upscale Beachwood Place, Cleveland, Ohio, shopping mall, where police were forced to disperse a black mob with pepper spray after they rampaged through the center on December 26.
The new policy at Beachwood Place went into effect on January 6, a press release from the mall revealed.
In terms of the new rule, “children under age 17 are not allowed inside the mall after 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays unless accompanied by someone 21 or older.”
The press release added that “unsupervised youth shopping prior to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings” must “leave the mall by 5 p.m. or immediately be joined by a parent or supervising adult age 21 or older.”
Mall security officers have been authorized to demand proof of age “for the youth or supervising adult. Those who lack proper identification may be asked to leave the property,” the press release continued.
“Valid identification includes a state issued driver’s license or ID card, a military ID, a school ID card, or a passport. The identification must be tamper proof and include a photograph and date of birth.”
The number of “youths” who can be accompanied by any one adult is limited to four, the press release adds, defining a “youth” as someone between the ages of 10 and 17.
Supervising adults are responsible for the actions of the “youth they accompany,” the press release continues. It goes on to define activities “which will not be accepted” as the following:
“Violations of the law; Any activity that threatens the safety of our guests, tenants, and/or employees; Any activity that threatens the well-being of the property; Any activity that disrupts our pleasant, family-oriented shopping environment; Any activity inconsistent with the general purpose of the property, which is shopping, dining, visiting theaters or offices for business purposes; Any activity whose nature would tend to disrupt the legitimate business of the property and its tenants; No firearms or illegal weapons.”
Anybody who refuses to leave the mall, the press release concludes, will be arrested for criminal trespass.
The Beachwood Mall disturbances were reported by Fox 8 Cleveland at the time as a “large-scale disturbance” by a “group of juveniles” whose activities had shut down the mall.
One “juvenile,” Fox 8 reported, was “arrested for allegedly trying to strike an officer in the commotion,” and officers from “nearby jurisdictions responded to assist to help disperse juveniles in the parking lot.”
Shoppers had been forced to hide in dressing rooms when the disturbances started in the food court, which sent people “screaming” out of the mall.
According to AP, an industry trade group says at least 100 U.S. malls and shopping centers have similar weekend restrictions.