Newark councilman calls for change in wake of teacher's murder

NEWARK - The murder of 29-year-old school teacher Diane Reddick is part of the reason why Newark Councilman Ras Baraka says he introduced another version of an ordinance recently vetoed by Mayor Cory Booker.

The previous version of the ordinance would have required an armed security guard at restaurants that stay open late, but Booker said it would cost owners too much money. Instead of an armed guard, Baraka is proposing some late-night eateries close early.

Reddick was gunned down in a drive-by while picking up Chinese takeout. Baraka says the new law would prevent such crimes.

The City Council reconvenes in September and will hold several public meetings on the proposal before it goes to a final vote.

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