Philly Cracks Down on Teen Mobs
Mayor boosts police patrols, sets earlier curfews
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Aug 9, 2011 5:05 PM CDT
Mayor Michael Nutter, center, flanked by Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, left.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Newser) – Philadelphia is trying to put an end to teenage flash mobs following a series of violent attacks in the city. The city is setting weekend curfews in key areas and putting more police on the streets, the Philadelphia Daily News reports. “If you assault a fellow Philadelphian, a visitor or anyone else in this city, you are going to jail,” says Mayor Michael Nutter. The DA says parents will be held responsible for their kids' actions and could face misdemeanor charges for repeated curfew violations.

Many of the assailants have been black teens, and Nutter spoke at his own church this weekend, castigating neglectful parents and telling youths, "You have damaged your own race," notes the Philadelphia Inquirer. Asked about the comments yesterday, the mayor said, “I do not care what your economic status is in life—you do not have a right to beat somebody's ass on the street!"

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Riffran
Aug 10, 2011 3:51 AM CDT
The response to these roaming pieces of human excreta should be harsh and draconian....But some bleeding hearts will make up excuses for them..."oh they are just misunderstood" and such. To hell with them, treat them like the trash they are
SilenceDogood
Aug 10, 2011 1:29 AM CDT
It appears Mayor Nutter is fighting the good fight.
crafter67
Aug 9, 2011 11:46 PM CDT
**Asked about the comments yesterday, the mayor said, “I do not care what your economic status is in life—you do not have a right to beat somebody's ass on the street!"** did anyone have any doubts about that...really?