PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Promising to stop flash mob violence, Mayor Nutter is clamping down, with a temporary 9 p.m. curfew on Fridays and Saturdays for those under 18 in Center City and University City (see previous story). However, he is also looking for what he calls a more ‘holistic approach.’
Part of the strategy centers on bolstering the city’s police presence, but also on extending hours at recreation centers so young people would have a place to gather. City Hall is also enlisting the help of hip-hop artists to deliver a strong message against the violent outbreaks.
“Being as though they follow us, we’re going to redirect the flash mobs so they follow us in a positive direction,” said Corey Marks, better known as C.Y.
Another artist said one possible issue with the new approach is authorities pulling kids aside who were not causing trouble.
“Honestly, I think there might be some casualties. There might be some young kids with a job, walking home,” said Jamar Izzard or Izzo Ya’Know, of 100.3 The Beat. “The mayor says officers might ask where you’ve been, where you going, hopefully they let it be known, ‘I’m coming from work.’ Hopefully, they’ll be able to walk home.”
They agreed to address flash mob mentality on their shows and appearances in various Philadelphia neighborhoods.
Reported by Steve Tawa, KYW Newsradio 1060