Flash Mob Violence Prevention – Day #1 About 50 teens arrested in Philly curfew crackdown

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — 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 of bars, restaurants and stores on the edge of downtown that has long been a hangout for teens and 20-somethings, said police spokeswoman Officer Tanya Little.

Mayor Michael Nutter announced last week a curfew of 9 p.m. for those under 18 on Fridays and Saturdays downtown and in nearby University City, home to the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University.

A first arrest could mean a fine of $100 to $300 , and parents could be fined up to $500 for successive violations by their children. In other parts of the city, the curfew remains 10 p.m. for those under 13 and midnight for those under 18.

Other measures in the crackdown included increased enforcement, a campaign to get business leaders to register their security cameras with the police department and extended hours for about 20 youth centers in the city.

In one mob attack last month, a man ended up in the hospital with broken teeth and a wired jaw after a group of teenagers attacked him downtown. Hours later, a crowd of young people assaulted four other men. An 11-year-old boy was among the four young people arrested in the case.

Nutter took the pulpit of his own West Philadelphia church last weekend to call 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.

“You’ve damaged yourself, you’ve damaged another person, you’ve damaged your peers and, quite honestly, you’ve damaged your own race,” said the mayor, who is black. He also called out absentee fathers and neglectful parents of teens involved in the attacks, many of whom are African-American.  (Read More)

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17 Responses to Flash Mob Violence Prevention – Day #1 About 50 teens arrested in Philly curfew crackdown

  1. AFVET says:

    We have roads and infrastructure that need repair according to Obama.
    I see a connection here, cheap labor and people that need some sense of direction in their life.
    Maybe chain gangs should come back in style.
    I’m sorry, was that politically incorrect ?

  2. Aussie says:

    Back in 1984/85 I lived in Fairborn OH because my husband was posted to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He was there as a student. We did plenty of trips during that time, and one trip took us to Philadephia before heading to New York City (the city was very polluted at the time). During that trip we went through a neighbourhood outside of Philly that had me kind of scared, to the point I ordered the children to lock the doors of the car.

    Not long after that trip, the mayor of Philly (or at least in that area) ordered the place be firebombed. The reason for this unusual situation was the behaviour of the people. I cannot remember if there were riots, all I can remeber is that he called for the action because of the behaviour of those in the area.

    The point is, what has changed since 1984/85? Nothing. The residents surrounding Philly are still the same, and with exactly the same bad attitudes.

    • Aussie, did you ever go to Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church in Fairborn? My wife and I were married there over the 83/84 Christmas season. We probably just missed you! Maybe we were neighbors. :)

      • Aussie says:

        Grunt, we went once to that Church and never again. Their attitude towards children being at Mass was something we found hard to comprehend.

        • We didn’t have kids at the time, so I didn’t notice. Were they not kid-friendly? Or were the children allowed to run riot?

          • Aussie says:

            they were not kid friendly. The priest actually stated in no uncertain terms that the children, who were not running around were a distraction…. so we did not bother going to Mass for the rest of our stay.

            We were there from May 1984 to October 1985

          • Aussie says:

            they were not kid friendly. Our children were not allowed to run riot but the priest made an issue about children being a distraction. Considering the laid back attitude in Australia…..

            • I totally understand, Aussie. All priests and ministers have their own little quirks, I guess. I do vaguely remember something about that, but since then, our parishes have been encouraged to keep the kids in the pews unless they were having a seizure or something. Our current parish doesn’t even have a cry room.

              Sorry we missed you there in Fairborn. By May of 1984, we’d moved to grad school full time in Indiana. Very interesting place, though. Fairborn is nestled up against WPAFB, Area C, which is the old Huffman Prairie where the Wright brothers perfected their flyer after Kitty Hawk. On a personal note, it was out on that prairie in a quonset hut where I met Mrs. Grunt, and it was out on the flight line where I gave her flowers after our first big fight. Good times! :)

              BTW, have you decided where you’re moving next? Brisbane? Gold Coast? That’s where I’d most like to be right now. Far from Obama.

              • Aussie says:

                We are moving to the Central Coast near Woy Woy and short of Newcastle.

                The problem over here is that we have Julia Gillard who is the female version of Østupid. She is another Marxist who tried to hide her past. She is following the exact playbook that he has been following with all of her lies. Remember she pushed through the tax on the air that we breathe and prices are set to sky rocket.

                We just purchased a house, or at least we made an offer that has been accepted so the purchase is now under way. In 8 weeks we should be moving. Then we will sell this house.

              • Aussie says:

                We are moving to the Central Coast region in NSW. Brisbane would not be the right climate for me anyway. We have 2 sons living in Sydney and that means we will be closer to them.

              • Glad to hear you’ll be getting out of the Capitol, anyway. It will be nice North of Sidney. I’ll pray for a good and safe move. Enjoy!

  3. Aussie says:

    BTW I like what you wrote about Nutter. He has it correct and he has a better moral compass than some.

  4. tnwahm says:

    “extended hours for about 20 youth centers in the city.”
    And that’s going to help how?

    • barnslayer says:

      Same mentality responsible for “midnight basketball”. Parents, get your kids butts home. Make sure they did their homework and in bed earlier enough so they don’t sleep through class.

  5. Ed says:

    I believe that the arrest of those 50 teens is a break through. The arrest would simply mean that the officers are really enforcing the law and they are not about to stop doing so. Curfew is okay as long as the purpose is to minimize violence and crime rate.

  6. barnslayer says:

    Best deterrent for this type of crime is an armed citizenry with high capacity magazines. Anything else is trading innocent lives for politics.

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