Nutter Sets 9 PM Weekend Curfew For Minors In Center City, University City

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Mayor Michael Nutter today announced a tighter weekend curfew in the Center City and University City regions of the city, as he continues grappling with the threat of “flash mobs” in Philadelphia.

Nutter today described those engaging in flash mob rampages (see previous story) as “a tiny minority of ignorant, reckless fools.”

Then, flanked by dozens of law enforcement and community leaders, he spelled out a substantive (though temporary) change in the city’s curfew for two key areas — Center City and University City — on Friday and Saturday nights.

Anyone under 18 in those areas must now be off the streets by 9 PM.

And when parents come to pick up curfew violators, the mayor said, they’ll be told to keep track of the child.

“If you don’t even bother to pick up your child, we are immediately calling the Department of Human Services, and you can then be taken to court for other violations including neglect of your child,” he warned.

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curfew map Nutter Sets 9 PM Weekend Curfew For Minors In Center City, University City

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And Nutter asked for the public’s help.

“We need the community to be our eyes and ears on the ground,” he said. “This is not just a policing problem. This is not just a Philadelphia Police Department challenge. This is a challenge for all of us as community members and community leaders.”

In addition, Nutter said 20 city recreation centers will be open later — until 10 PM — on Friday and Saturday nights (see list below).

Twelve minors were cited for curfew violations this past weekend. The temporary 9 PM curfew, Nutter said, will be reevaluated when the school year starts.

Reported by KYW City Hall bureau chief Mike Dunn

             Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
             20 Sites for Extended Hours
Facility Address
Northern Liberties Recreation Center 321 Fairmount Avenue
Murphy Recreation Center 300 Shunk Street
Vare Recreation Center 2600 Morris Street
Myers Recreation Center 5800 Kingsessing Avenue
Christy Recreation Center 728 S. 55th Street
Kingsessing Recreation Center 5000 Chester Avenue
Shepard Recreation Center 5700 Haverford Avenue
Gustine Lake Recreation Center 4863 Ridge Avenue
Hank Gathers Recreation Center 2501-19 W. Diamond Street
Athletic Recreation Center 1401-27 North 27th Street
Vogt Recreation center 4131 Unruh Street
Samuel Recreation Center 3539 Gaul Street
McVeigh Recreation Center 400-64 D Street
Feltonville Recreation Center 231-31 E. Wyoming Avenue
Lonnie Young Recreation Center 1100 E. Chelten Avenue
Happy Hollow Recreation center 4740 Wayne Avenue
Olney Recreation Center 100 E. Godfrey Avenue
Lawncrest Recreation Center 6000 Rising Sun Avenue
Simons Recreation Center 7200 Woolston Street
Fox Chase Recreation Center 7901 Ridgeway Street

(List provided by City of Philadelphia)

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  • Spanky

    Time for a beer summit?

    • changomango

      A Colt 45 summit?

      • Armyof1

        IT’S ****MILLER**** TIME!!

      • Consultofactus

        I prefer my cut-down 20″ 12GA Remington 5 shot loaded: 00 buck- deer slug – 00 buck – deer slug – 00 buck. The buck shot knocks ’em down, the deer slug keeps ’em down. I am always sure to wear ear protection, that shortened barrel lets out a deafening blast. The .45ACP makes a nice back-up though.

  • rufus levin

    Detroit and Newark in 1967…..coming to Philadelphia….starts with New Black Panthers at polling places….and Eric Holder protecting these lawbreakers….makes the race baiters feel powerful….and if any police action sets them off, you are going to see looting, burning, murder, and beating at the hands of that racial group.

    • Lawrence D. Wood

      Only if the response is to let the rioters riot with impunity.
      We used to shoot rioters.
      We need to start shooting them again.
      Either the cops do the hard thing, or lose your city.

    • lauri

      I’d like to see any black panther try to keep me out of a voting place.

  • Estelle LaTour Tuggle Sago

    NOT CENTER CITY!!!!! I hope Donna is OK

  • Retired combat vet

    Carry a gun, use it in self defense. Problem will clear itself up after the other rioters realize dead is not a condition a dead rioter can weasel out of.

    Oh, and charge the parent of the dead rioter with the price of the body wagon used to haul his body away.

    Honestly, coddling rioters never works, coddling rioters because of skin color is criminal and I hope some of the injured set on by the rioters sues the city to bankruptcy.

    • changomango

      You protect yourself and/or your property against these “po-folks” will get you in a lot of trouble with Boorat Hooinsane Osama and his attorney general, Erot Scolder.

    • Brandon

      Philadelphia you have the right to carry…..hasnt done anything to stop the crime rate.

      • Lawrence D. Wood

        Then fix the ‘castle doctrine’ to cover any assault wherever you might be. Alaska did that this last legislative session.
        Sounds like law abiding citizens who carry are in the right places, and not where there is high crime.
        Too, carry is good, but in a crowded downtown area?
        Carry, yes, but also carry pepper spray and a stun gun.

      • cb

        Because they don’t have the balls to use their guns!!

      • cb

        pepper spray my ass! that won’t STOP them.

      • SteveT

        That’s because in Philly, the victim will be prosecuted for defending himself. It’s all fine and good to have carry rights, but when you know that you will be further victimized for excersizing those rights it has a somewhat dampening effect.

  • CW

    Ya, this is going to help because the parental control of the black kids that are doing this is so apparent. And yes I said of the black kids doing this. Truth is not equal to racism.

    • changomango

      @otheranony–Flash mobs, assaults, murders, rapes, burglaries, etc….etc…etc…aren’t much of a problem in Des Moines or Bismark, and if it is, it’s probably cause by a black interloper.

  • plusonemore

    I question the effectiveness of calling DHS if a parent fails to pick up their child who is caught out after curfew. Does that really qualify as “neglect”? What purpose will it serve other than overburdening an already-barely-effective DHS?

  • TrueColours

    Why not cut to the chase and declare Marshall Law on just this particular “community” that buries it’s collective head in the sand every time their “youth” go on a rampage. Why should the rest of society suffer?

    • Lou

      Martial Law.

      • joewest666

        Marital law?

      • Mikey

        Martian Law?

  • The 'other' Annonymous

    Re-open Eastern State Pen. Make more room for trouble makers. They say there’s no room in the prison system. Clean up and re-open Eastern State Pen. There’s plenty of room. Re-open those closed prisons. We need them again.

  • sickandtired

    Lets just start to cut off a finger for every violation, eventually they will be mobbing with stubbs

    • ladysforest

      hehehehehe……oh, sorry. Ahem, I meant to say, Shame On You For Saying Such A Thing!

  • forthechildren

    Amish flash-mobs?

    • StaticKlingon

      Amish rake fight!!!! It’s on!!!!!

  • jmclmc

    The article fails to describe the race of the small minority guilty of the criminal acts. Racial problems are increasing and the minority groups should be concerned. Send in the National Guard. Look what is happening at the Wisconsin State Fair – black on white attacks.

    • StanSki

      WHITES are the minority in Philthy now, right?

  • LibwithIQ

    Implement a CHL permit for citizens there. The punks will think twice of beating up someone who can blow them away.

    • rufus levin

      not if they are carrying assault rifles…

  • phillysmart

    While I applaud the mayors action the steps tken do not address the problem because innocent kids (which is the majority) will be forced to live in a virtual police state. Why do we have a problem addressing the real source of issues. the problem is large numbers of African American teen agers are breaking the law and beating people up, destroying property and causin mayham just for the fun of it. Our actions should address that problem. Unfortunately many innocent kids will find themselves in court because they happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.This city is totally done

    • sickandtired

      He’s not gonna beat down his own peeps…wake up!

  • Earl Lutz

    Its NOT a “Flash MOB” — its JUST a RIOT

  • Auric Maston

    But a curfew that only addresses the age of these rioting “youths” seems inappropriate since the time of night isn’t the common factor in these various attacks.

    Why should white and Asian young people have to suffer because this law is overly broad and singles them out for a restriction in rights that truly deserves to be placed on a more specific subset of the population.

  • DWH

    Do what they do in Chicago—fine the parents. Hit them in the pocketbook.

    • JeromeFJ

      Dude…whatever they claim to be doing in Chicago, it doesn’t work. The filthy maggots do the same things here.

  • truth

    here comes the police state. Problem, Reaction, Sollution. You will never see freedom in those neighbor hoods again. Then it will move to all Areas of the city. then everyone will be locked down. As soon as some of these flash mob people get blasted it will all stop.

    • Pauli

      Obama’s army is forming to create anarchy in cities while our troops are gone rather then on the border. Yuri Bezmenov on YouTube lectures on the destabilization techniques that are used.

  • Justha Truth

    Three Letters: T N B

  • Old White Guy

    Based on the local news “coverage” I guess the flash mobs must be composed of old white tea party members. D–n troublemakers!

    • Earl Lutz

      Yeah its that G’ DAMN TEAPARTY!

      • threechoices

        I do find it ironic that a liberal survey found that teaparty types are by and large more informed than the rest of the population. They also have been shown to clean the area they are gathering in. They speak well and are very considerate. They are dangerous, folks. (If by dangerous you mean articulate, thoughtful, and well groomed)

  • SailorV

    A band-aid on a cancer.

  • Carolyn

    School will be starting in September, so why even change the curfew back to what the curfew was while school was in attendance!!! No child needs to be outside, when school reopens for the school year, they need to study their school work, otherwise, if they have a JOB after school, so be it…that’s it!!!

  • CJ

    Should be 5pm

  • JustMe

    There needs to be a ‘city wide’ curfew, not just a ‘center city’ curfew. What’s the matter with that NutterButter Mayor? There used to be a curfew where children under 18 had to be either in the house, or on their steps/porch WITH adult supervision. The city was much safer then than it is now. But, people don’t control their kids like they used to, and I can’t help but believe the ‘non-disciplinary law’ has a lot to do with it. You can’t spank, hit, or even ground your children without being threatened with a lawsuit. So, it’s no wonder these kids can just run amok (sp.?) like they do. Bring back the CITY WIDE CURFEW and bring back PARENTAL DISCIPLINE/CORPORAL PUNISHMENT and there could be some positive things happening with these kids. It’s not too late for the much younger children who are still able to be molded and shaped into positive citizens. But, the older ones need to be dealt with, and with harshness because they are not only hurting people, they are killing people.

  • Samuel A. Maffei

    “But, you are free to rape and pillage the other neighborhoods at any hour…”

    • Earl Lutz

      or THAT neighborhood any OTHER hour.

      Maybe the problem is the PRISON in that area is EMPTY and a tourist attraction

  • charW

    Great plan!!!!!

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