Philadelphia Police Increase Presence Following Center City Brawl

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) –– Philadelphia Police were out in force throughout the city Friday night amidst concerns of a possible teen”flash mob” situation.

Thursday night, police took a number of unruly teens into custody when a group of teenage girls started to fight inside the H&M clothing store at 16th and Chestnut Streets. Police and store security were nearby and quickly broke up the feuding teens. (see related story)

A number of the teens attempted to make a get away, but police quickly rounded them up and took them into custody. All now face various juvenile charges, including reckless endangerment.

As milder weather sets in, police say they expect to maintain a large presence in that area of Center City.

The same gathering area had been scene of a previous crowd disturbance and a shooting outside one of the stores.

Several “flash mobs” broke out in the summer of 2010 prompting arrests and causing property damage throughout Center City and on South Street.

Top Content On CBSPhilly

Comments

One Comment

  1. Brian M says:

    This doesn’t solve the problem the suburbs have with their perception of Philadelphia. As long as you need “occupied-zone” levels of police presence to make Center City reasonably safe, shoppers from outside the city will continue to go elsewhere — especially Delaware, which lacks the 8% sales tax, killer parking fees, PPA tickets, and crime problems of our city.

  2. Anne Frankenstein says:

    It’s great that the Police focus so much attention on this problem and that they don’t interrupt the everyday crime and drug dealing in the neighborhoods. Thanks Flash mobs, because of you we can buy drugs and rob people without being hassled.

  3. BC says:

    Years ago, before the advent of “flash mobs”, everyone used to shop on Market Street. If you were well-to-do or upper middle class, you went to Chestnut St. Once in a while. The exclusive stores were on Walnut St. and those few that remain are still on Walnut St. The chintzy T-shirt and stereo stores on Market St. have downgraded that street. Now, Chestnut St. is being ruined by teenagers fighting and creating a hostile environment for those of us that are normal and well behaved. South St. too has been affected by these morons that only think of themselves and have no regard for others’ property.

  4. Clare Peterson says:

    There must be a curse on that H&M Store–first a shooting victim ran inside for help, now this! Do people have to scratch their heads and wonder why quality stores don’t want to do business in Center City?

  5. BC says:

    Acceptable behavior training begins in the home. Not in shool. These people do not receive appropriate direction and attention while growing up because Mom is out working and Dad is nowhere to be found. Forget about a husband and wife scenario. Maybe Grandmom is the caregiver. Ackerman is a loser but you can’t put this completely on her or the school system. These problems start at birth. Where is the black leadership? Where is the black clergy? No one steps forward from the black community to address these incidents.

  6. cleveland says:

    How come when there is the slightest whiff of racism the irrelevant chapter of the NAACP squeaks? Yet when these blacks act like animals you don’t hear squat?

  7. Guess Who says:

    The weather was warm, so the groids were out in force. These things should not be allowed to live among us,

  8. trueism says:

    Don’t lay blame on their guardians. Your last chance was their education. Now, After 5-years of the Ackerman administration, see what you’ve got! We were lucky to have police present. That fact may be due to the fear that these kinds of incidents are so close to the new Pennsylvania Convention Center. One such incident there will make National Headlines. But you can be sure the Taxpayers are paying for that added protection in Center City now. So smile when you pay your City Taxes! It would have been a lot easier had His Honesty the Mayor appointed a School Administrator who educated the students in Philly. We now live in a City of Fear

  9. OXFORD CIRCLE SAYS says:

    OUR CITYS FINEST MAJORITY WERE IN FULL FORCE FRIDAY NITE, EVERYWHERE
    ITS A VERY UNCOMFORTABLE SITUATION TO SEE SO MANY TEENS JUST STANDING AROUND IN CENTER CITY KNOWING THEY ARE THERE FOR NO GOOD PURPOSE.
    THANK GOODNESS THE POLICE WERE EVERYWHERE, ESPECIALLY ON SOUTH ST. AND BROAD.

    THE CENTER CITY FOLK IM SURE WER CONCERNED ABOUT OUR CHILDRENS CHILDISH BEHAVIOR AND MORE

Comments are closed.

More From CBS Philly

CBSPhillyStyle
Iconic Philly Foods Guide

Listen Live