Ville Platte, ACLU agree on dropping curfew suit
NEW ORLEANS - The city of Ville Platte and the American Civil Liberties Union have signed an agreement ending the ACLU's lawsuit against a pedestrians-only curfew.
The city has agreed that any future curfew will be the least restrictive needed to meet a "compelling need." It did not admit liability but will pay the ACLU nearly $16,900 in attorneys' fees and costs.
U.S. District Judge Richard Haik signed the consent decree Wednesday. City and ACLU lawyers had signed it Dec. 28.
A rash of break-ins and burglaries prompted the curfew, adopted in February 2011. The ACLU says about 134 people were cited, arrested, fined or jailed before the curfew was suspended in October, 2011, after the suit was filed.
The mayor did not immediately answer a request for comment.