Chicago curfew tightened after killing near ‘Bean’ sculpture

CHICAGO (AP) — A clamp-down on Chicago teens’ access to a popular downtown park and a weekend curfew following the fatal shooting of a teenager has revived longstanding accusations that City Hall prioritizes the city’s sparkling lakefront and downtown over West and South side neighborhoods where hundreds have been killed or hurt by gun violence.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has tightened a citywide curfew for young people as part of an effort to combat violence and restricted access by unaccompanied minors to downtown Chicago’s Millennium Park.

The changes followed the weekend shooting death of a 16-year-old boy. But activists and others worry that minority teens will bear the brunt of the crackdown and exacerbate tensions between police and minority communities.