After a recent series of ‘flash mobs’ organized by Philadelphia youth resulted in violence against innocent residents, Mayor Michael Nutter is taking action: a change in citywide curfew.
Nutter authorized a temporary change in curfew for youth under 18 in the downtown area of the ‘Brotherly Love’ city, where the violence has been central. Now, it will be mandatory for those underage to be indoors by 9:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
The rest of the city will still be under the 10:00 p.m. curfew for kids under 13 and midnight curfew for those under 18.
“We are not going to tolerate this senseless, ignorant type of act,” he stated to CNN Live on August 12.
Nutter warned parents and youth, alike, that violators of the curfew would face fines up to $500.
The ‘flash mobs’ have been an issue in the city for over two years now, and Mayor Nutter emphasized that he wasn’t there to be a parent to all the kids in Philadelphia, but that the city had had enough.
Check out this video from a violent uploaded to YouTube on August 6, 2011.