Ramsey Reveals Plans To Prevent ‘Flash Mob’ Attacks
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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Speaking exclusively with CBS 3, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey revealed preliminary plans to prevent a repeat of Flash Mob violence which, last Friday night, left three victims beaten and robbed on Center City streets.
The Commissioner, speaking one on one with CBS 3′s Walt Hunter, confirmed 14 officers were transferred late Wednesday afternoon to the Center City District station.
He also indicated that shifts would be extended, beginning this weekend, and dozens of officers would be working overtime.
Ramsey says police and city officials are still finalizing plans, anticipating an announcement by Mayor Michael Nutter next week. It now appears city officials plan to use the same social media used to rally flash mobs, to send messages hoping to discourage teenagers from participating in them.
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The city also may use traditional media to get the word out.
The Commissioner says, in addition to officers on foot, bikes and in cars, the city’s newly reactivated Mounted Unit will be called in.
Ramsey also says that the city’s curfew law will be strictly enforced not just in center city, but in neighborhoods citywide.
Reported by Walt Hunter, CBS 3