Flash Mobs

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has extended the city’s juvenile curfew, the mayor’s office announced Tuesday. The curfew, which has been in effect since Aug.12, was instituted in response to a string of mob attacks by young people who gathered using text messages and social media to alert one another. The 9 p.m. curfew is in […]

Like the rest of the country, I couldn’t help but notice the occurrence of Black teen ‘”flash mobs” around the country. For those who haven’t been made hip to the game, flash mobs are random groups of people who get together and do “stuff.” The acts committed by flash mobs can be naïve and cute, […]

PHILADELPHIA — The painful images and graphic stories of repeated violent assaults and vandalism by mobs of black teenagers had gotten to be too much for Mayor Michael Nutter. As an elected official and a “proud black man” in the nation’s fifth-largest city, Nutter felt he had to go a step beyond ordering a law […]

MILWAUKEE, WIS. — As more and more violent flash-mob attacks occur across the country, the news media and public officials believe much of the crime is motivated by race. Many African Americans are weary of the descriptions, saying the Black community is being described in a condescending manner and used as a scapegoat. Just yesterday, […]

PHILADELPHIA — About 50 teenagers were arrested for violating a newly enforced curfew for minors aimed at cracking down on mobs of young people responsible for random attacks on people as well as property damage, police in Philadelphia said Saturday. The arrests began about 9 p.m. Friday downtown and on South Street, a 10-block strip […]

LOS ANGELES — A rapper could face criminal charges after a tweet from his account incited a telephone flash mob that overwhelmed the emergency phone system at one of busiest stations of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s department, the agency said Saturday. The sheriff’s department alleges The Game tweeted the Compton station’s phone number Friday […]

PHILADELPHIA — Mayor Michael Nutter called out teenagers involved in violent mobs that have left several people injured in recent weeks and said parents need to get more involved in their children’s lives. Then he backed up his words with action – implementing a weekend curfew in two sections of the city. Nutter took the […]