Community Groups Take To South Street To Protest Philadelphia’s Crackdown On Flash Mobs

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Protestors took to South Street Saturday night to voice their displeasure with Philadelphia’s new curfew laws, calling them draconian, and attacks against Democracy.

The community walk against the curfew was designed to draw attention to what the event’s organizers called a war on the African Community, rejecting the claim that the violence of flash mobs is being caused by black youth.

Tommy Joshua, who identified himself as a concerned Philadelphian, likened the situation to martial law. “Can’t be a military solution to a youth problem. Only by joining hands can we change Philadelphia.”

Event organizers pointed to the amount of money that the city is pouring into having an extra police presence on weekends. A main speaker at the protest was independent mayoral candidate Diop Olugbala.

“Through this curfew the city spends more than $56,000 every single weekend. I mean how many youth can be employed from $56,000 being spent a weekend.”

The demonstration was part of the International Day of Resistance Against Africa and African People. Various protests and demonstrations were held across the world as well.

Reported By Dan Wing , KYW Newsradio; CBS 3

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  1. emory88 says:

    I kept reading how the sale of guns and ammo went through the roof after Obama won the election. I’m assuming the majority of purchasers were disgruntled whites. It’s going to take one too many flash mobs or riots to set the spark and awake the sleeping giant. When that happens, curfew will be the least of ghetto trahes worries. Heck, they’ll voluntarily lock themselves in the house when the shtf.

  2. Aggie95 says:

    LOL….they deny its black youth ….. * SIGH * …and these people vote …Tell ya what when a Amish ….Irish …or Italian flash mob pops up then the blacks are off the hook …until that day …the black own these babies

  3. Jaz Y says:

    As a general rule: if a crime is commited, and the media does not report on the ethnicity of the criminals, 95% they are black.

  4. Tiffany Green says:

    My parents never talked to me the way some babby mommas do to their flash mobster. Curfew isn’t a new law.

    50k is cheap compared to the amount of medical bills and damage one “GOODBOY” can do with his friends to show off to his jawn.

    NO NEW ROOF DECKS!

  5. rifleman1234 says:

    get used to more of this! HAHAHA

    1. Dan says:

      Used to what?

      1. Gra pe A pe says:

        TN B. What else?

  6. Fed Up Mom says:

    This is disgraceful. Why must every wrong act of certain races be justified??? I don’t care what color skin these kids have, they cannot go rampaging through the streets of Philadelphia hurting innocent people. I bet the protestors have children involved in the flash mobs. You should be ashamed of yourselves. IT’S PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO ARE RUINING THE CITY. Don’t blame the mayor or police commissioner!!!!!!! Teach your children right from wrong and when they do something wrong correct them instead of protesting in the streets.

  7. CC says:

    I’m ashamed of CBS for this story. looks like 20 people at this so called “protest”. and how can you say this protest went on in other parts of the world…and not back it up with proof or information? and why should we “Americans” care what outsiders think of our solution to violence?

  8. diversity says:

    [The demonstration was part of the International Day of Resistance Against Africa and African People. ]

    This is confusing. Are they only talkinng about Africans, exclusing African-americans? If AA’s are included, are they fighting against (resisting) mob attacks and other black crime? How else should one interpret Resistance Against Africa and African People?

  9. diana says:

    FLASH MOBS ARE CRIMINAL ACTS CAUSED BY UNDER AGED YOUTH!!! WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE A CURFEW OR BE TREATED LIKE A ADULT CRIMINAL AND BE PUT IN JAIL!!! MOST CHILDREN TODAY HAVE NO RESPECT FOR OTHERS OR OTHERS PROPERTY. THEY DON’T EVEM RESPECT THE POLICE!!!! THEY NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE LAW IS THE LAW!!!! THESE CHILDREN KNOW RIGHT FROM WRONG AND WE NEED TO STOP TAKING WHAT THEY ARE DISHING OUT!!! WE HAVE GOTTEN TO THE POINT WHERE THSES KIDS NEED TO KNOW WE MEAN BUSINESS!!!! THE NEW GUY RUNNING FOR MAYOR DIDN’T HELP BY SAYING ITS RACIAL

  10. Dottie Sinkler says:

    I cannot that people are protesting the Mayor and Police Chief of Philadelphia putting efforts in place to prevent these flash mobs. Instead of people protesting they should get these young people together and counsel them. There is NOTHING legal about a flash mob and they are lucky no one was killed. Whatever their intent, it was stupid to gather in the mall attacking people without provocation. Bravo to Mayor Nutter and to the Police Chief for putting these hoodlums in jail where they belong. Oh, and by the way, I am black.

  11. vanessa gaines says:

    THIS CURFEW SHOULD BE IN PLACE ALL ACROSS THE CITY NOT JUST IN CERTAIN AREAS THERE IS NO GOOD REASON WHY THESE TEENS SHOULD WANT TO FORM AS A GROUP AND HURT ANYONE JUST FOR KICKS IF THIS CONTINUES SOMEONE WILL BE KILLED AND NOBODY WANTS THAT TO HAPPEN- SO FOR THOSE WHO ARE UPSET WITH THIS CURFEW SHOULD TEACH YOUR TEENS TO RESPECT PEOPLE AND NOT ACT LIKE WILD ANIMALS SEARCHING FOR PREY.. .ENOUGH WITH THE RACE CARD FOR ITS GETS OLD REAL FAST…………THIS CURFEW IS FOR ALL KIDS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 BLACK WHITE RED GREEN AND PURPLE…………

  12. Dan says:

    The protesters need to get their head out of where the sun doesn’t shine. In other words…their butts! Maybe then they will see reality rather than interpreting things the way they want.

    Case in point: Tommy Joshua is a prime example. Curfew laws have around for as long as I can remember. Yes, they fluxuate between school time and summer time. But, there has always been a curfew. It’s just that, at this time, the curfew has beed adjusted to deal with the violent actions by teens over the past weeks. To compare it to “martial law” is absurd. A curfew is not “martial law” nor is it a “military action”. Now, if the mayor said that any teen caught past curfew would be shot, then you would have camparison to “martial law” and “military action”.

    Diop Olugbala is another one with his head up his butt. Infact, it’s so far up he can see sun light. $56,000 is well worth it. If it means keeping the streets safe from inocent people being beat up or worse, then so be it. I guess he would rather allow the thugs and punks run the streets a will. And he wants to be mayor? He couldn’t even be the mayor of Sesame Street.

    If people want to protest against governments from other parts of the world, go ahead. But do not use it at a way to protest our city. Don’t compare what is happening ither parts of the world to here. I think we would all agree that living here is a hell of a lot better than most parts of the world.

  13. Frankenstien says:

    Africans?! As far as I ever knew they were Americans with a different skin pigmentation. Don’t you have to live in Africa at some point to be called African? And drop this race card bs. I did not and do no own slaves, therefore you have no reason to have any hatred toward me at all. This is getting sickening. Were all Americans, some of us are different colors. Big effin’ deal. Everybody needs to pull together and work as a whole.

    1. Scot Dence says:

      Agreed

    2. rifleman1234 says:

      well said, only problem is that this is the future.

  14. JFP says:

    Mayor Nutter you are right, your race SHOULD BE EMBARRASSED

  15. Bernard says:

    The protesters are upset because many people believe that all flash mob members are black, which isn’t true. If this fact was emphasized, as well as the fact that the curfew applies to all teens, not just blacks, the black protesters would realize that the curfew is necessary.

    1. Guess Who says:

      You lie!!!

    2. HH Fan says:

      Quit spreading lies, libt ard. Each and every one of the flash mobbers was a feral gro id yoof. Now innocent white kids have to suffer because of this FACT!

  16. michael J Kelly says:

    the idiots are at it again. they are trying to hold us hostage again. all they want to do is get more for free. again and again. give them this and give them that and all this will stop. give me a break. they wont stop. all they will want is more. just look how they hold up Temple for everything. you have to be crazy to send your child to north broard st for school.

  17. Laura S says:

    LMAO – when the parents of these kids cannot control them or are not around, someone has to ensure the safety of the citizens. And last I checked, all kids had to be home, not one particular ethnic group. So tired of the race card. It has been overplayed.

  18. Hater says:

    Just ignore these idiots and they will go away. The race card no longer has any meaning. Give it up already.

  19. Leigh says:

    The sign that says African People is completely confusing – we are talking about black teens, not Africans. As far as I know, blacks in this city hate Africans – they are often the target of attacks. Please let’s stop calling blacks Africans. And curfews are legal and this curfew is aimed at all teens, not just blacks.

  20. Ray Braniff says:

    How can this group be against a curfew?! A curfew is for all and does not just specify black youths. Furthermore, these flash mobs are primarily black and are racially motivated against whites. To deny this is ridiculous. If the shoe was on the other foot there would be non stop coverage of outraged black leaders demanding justice. Instead we have these types of ignorant protests. Deny, deny, deny.

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