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In response to the ongoing deadly violence, the city of Chester is declaring a State of Emergency.
The State of Emergency will take effect beginning at 9:00 p.m. tonight.
From 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. each day in the five areas of the city, no person without a legitimate reason is allowed in any public street or place, no assembling of three or more people is allowed without a permit, and all vacation and personal days by members of the Chester Police Department have been cancelled immediatel
The State of Emergency is set to last five days.
Mayor Butler says he is going to City Council to ask for an extra 30 days.
This fatal shooting was the fourth homicide in 8 days. Chester's 11th of 2010.
if this was the standard for the whole USA, Chicago, Washington DC, Detroit and many other cities would be under CONSTANT MARTIAL LAW.
6/19/10 8:40 PM EDT
MAO7765 I agree but I just did a little research and for every 11000 residents there is a murder in Philadelphia. In Chester there is a murder for every 3350 residents.
Originally posted by MikeboydUS
A State of Emergency is not Martial Law.
Martial Law would mean the US military had taken over administration and management of the city. The Uniform Code of Military Justice would be enforced by Military Police. Trials would be done through Military Tribunals.
There is no martial law in Chester.
The State of Emergency affects the following areas:
All areas bounded by the west side of Lamokin Street to the city's western boundary
All areas of the city bounded by 9th Street, Morton Avenue, and the city's eastern boundary.
All areas bounded by the east side of Egdemont Avenue to Upland Street between 20th Street and 2701 Madison Street.
All areas bounded by Crosby Street and the city's boundary with Upland Borough between 12th and 14th streets.
All areas bounded by Penn Street and Parker Street between 3rd and 6th streets.
This is ridiculous... if this was the standard for the whole USA, Chicago, Washington DC, Detroit and many other cities would be under CONSTANT MARTIAL LAW.
"I'm not worried about money, if I have to break the bank, I'll break the bank," Butler said, "The residents and visitors to my town are just vitally important to me, you can't put a dollar amount on that."