Will Philly Curfew Curb Flash Mobs?
(International Business Times) — Residents of London have only just learned what the people of Philadelphia, Penn. have known for over a year. Sometimes, there is no excuse for violence. Sometimes, chaos can be combated, but not explained. The city of brotherly love has been plagued by violent “flash mobs” since May 2010, but most especially during these summer months, when young people take to the lively streets of Center City Philadelphia. Seemingly out of nowhere, groups of between a dozen and 200 people — primarily African American teenagers — gather to wreak havoc. With safety in numbers, the youths attack bystanders, break windows and rob anyone nearby. The most recent flash mob occurred on July 29, when about 30 teenagers near City Hall severely beat two people, leaving one unconscious and the other needing surgery for a broken jaw. In June, some gangs attacked pedestrians and people leaving restaurants while others robbed train passengers. Still others walked into stores and businesses and walked out with stolen goods.