City of Moss Point undergoing Local Civil Emergency
Mayor Mario King takes a stand on recent crime in Moss Point. He says things have to change and he’s ready to take drastic measures to protect our children.
Tonight, beginning at 5 p.m., Moss Point is going under local civil emergency. A curfew for minors will begin from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. Minors unsupervised by a parent or guardian will be picked up by local police.
Neighborhood check points will go into effect. The first offense could result in a $300 fine, followed by a $500 fine for the second offense. Finally, the parent could be charged over $500 and face potential jail time for the child in custody.
There has always been an ordinance in place to keep minors safe within the city and to decrease juvenile crime rates. However, recent fatal crimes involving minors encouraged local leaders to do what they feel necessary to keep minors safe. “Starting tonight there will be an eight o’clock curfew, eight o’clock p.m. to six a.m. curfew for all minors. Parents, if your child is caught out and they’re not on their way from work or from a school event which can be proven, they will be sent to the police department and we will work with the local youth court to do whatever we can to keep them until you can pick them up.”
While the city local emergency lasts for five days, it could be extended an additional five days if needed.