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Philadelphia has historically and symbolically stood for the U.S. Constitution, the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. All that American symbolism will forever be changed as the city of Philadelphia will likely host the most violent, deadly, and destructive riots America has ever seen. The iconic symbols of American Independence and Freedom will be forever trampled, if not burned, in the wake of mass riots.

When Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1964, riots broke out nationwide in America. If and when U.S President Barack Obama is assassinated, America can expect the same thing, only that this time around the riots will be super-charged and provocateured by the full force of the U.S. government and its media propaganda machine. The city of Philadelphia has been primed for riots over the last few years by combining abject poverty with organized crime (gangs) from New York City. These rioters will likely be paid to riot in the aftermath of an Obama assassination or major terror attack, just as they did in the London Riots of 2011.

Recent news, reports, and events that have occurred in Philadelphia are not an accident, but rather a coordinated and contrived program meant to bring about Martial Law in the wake of mass riots. Preparation for riots in Philadelphia and America started immediately after the London riots subsided and riot drills by law enforcement are now occurring across America. Whether the Occupy Wall Street protests are part of these riot drills is secondary, for as Mark Potok of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center recently stated, "I think there is a huge amount of anger out there...What we're really lacking at this moment is a kind of spark."

1. Philly Gang Threat Assessment 2011: Prior to any flash mobs, curfews or random violence in Philadelphia, the U.S. Department of Justice predicted that due to "open" drug markets, the "20 nationally recognized gangs" would commit violence against law enforcement officials in East Pennsylvania. While this prediction has not yet come to fruition, it is likely only a matter of time.

2. The Riots: Based on the fallout from the London Riots of 2011, governmental provocation and instigation played heavily in the origination and fomentation of the riots. While the UK police stood down, rioters looted and caused mayhem with little or no regard for law enforcement. Based on the evidence and data available, the Obama administration, with or without Obama, will follow the London blueprint and pay rioters to burn American cities while the police watch. The London Riots were orchestrated to crack down on social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube), impose martial law, and set an example for things to come in America, namely Philadelphia.

3. The Flash Mobs: As if on a schedule, "flash mobs" started occurring in Philadelphia immediately after the conclusion of the London Riots. These "flash mobs" also appeared roughly 5 months after the U.S. Department of Justice's Gang Threat Assessment which predicts that violence will erupt in Eastern Pennsylvania. Just a coincidence or a contrived conspiracy? 

4. The Curfew: To add gasoline to the fire, the mayor of Philadelphia has laid down an unrealistic curfew in response to the flash mobs. The 9pm curfew is obviously designed to punish and anger the law abiding citizens of Philadelphia so that when gang members are paid to riot, law abiding citizens will follow.

5. Random Unprecedented Violence: Out of seemingly nowhere, Philadelphia has garnered national and international attention for violence and thuggery. As if part of a larger sinister program, men, likely gang members, have begun attacking random people without cause or concern.

1. PHILLY GANG THREAT ASSESSMENT 2011

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Prior to any flash mobs, curfews or random violence in Philadelphia, the U.S. Department of Justice predicted that due to "open" drug markets, the "20 nationally recognized gangs" would commit violence against law enforcement officials in East Pennsylvania. While this prediction has not yet come to fruition, it is likely only a matter of time.

Title: Eastern Pennsylvania Drug and Gang Threat Assessment 2011
Date: March 2011
Source: U.S. Department Of Justice, National Drug Intelligence Center, National Gang Intelligence Center

Abstract: 

New York Area Gangs
Previously significant but ad hoc suppliers of drugs to eastern Pennsylvania—are becoming increasingly organized, entrenched, and dominant in many eastern Pennsylvania drug markets…There are at least 20 nationally recognized gangs, some with multiple subgroups (or sets), active in at least 21 of the 42 counties in eastern Pennsylvania. Every gang and gang set is active to some degree in drug distribution, and several were originally based in the New York area. These gangs are now among the leading drug distributors in the region. The leading cause of gang migration into eastern Pennsylvania is the opportunity for members to profit from drug sales in open, uncontested markets


Gang Violence
Rival gangs and organized thieves are increasingly engaging in home invasions, ransom kidnappings, and organized thefts from drug dealers in many eastern Pennsylvania drug markets. Drug-related violent crime between some rival criminal groups in eastern Pennsylvania is increasing…Such violence is typically conducted by street gangs and independent robbery crews that target other criminals. Some gang violence has been directed against law enforcement officers, and in some areas such violence has increased. Furthermore, NDIC assesses with moderate confidence that incidents of drug related violence against law enforcement officers will increase, as evidenced by rising levels of aggression by some gang members (U.S. Department of Justice, 2011).

2. THE RIOTS

OBAMACSI.COM:
Based on the fallout from the London Riots of 2011, governmental provocation and instigation played heavily in the origination and fomentation of the riots. While the UK police stood down, rioters looted and caused mayhem with little or no regard for law enforcement. Based on the evidence and data available, the Obama administration, with or without Obama, will follow the London blueprint and pay rioters to burn American cities while the police watch. The London Riots were orchestrated to crack down on social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube), impose martial law, and set an example for things to come in America, namely Philadelphia.

Title: Why Police Were So Soft On London Looters: They 'Were Ordered To Stand And Observe' As Capital Burned (But In Manchester They Were Hunting Looters Within hours)
Date: August 10, 2011
Source: Daily Mail

Abstract: Police were ordered to 'stand and observe' rioters as they laid waste to London's streets instead of confronting them, it was claimed today.

Scotland Yard insiders have revealed teams were frustrated at their inability to wade in and arrest troublemakers while they looted and burnt out shops.

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They had apparently been told to try and contain any violence but not to haul away offenders who would instead be identified through video footage later, according to The Times.

It was only on Monday night, when the riots escalated still further, that tactics changed and armoured vehicles called Jankels were used to disperse the crowds.

On Tuesday night, some 16,000 officers also flooded London's streets - almost triple the previous night's deployment - and they were finally given the green light to confront the gangs.

The Met has also come under fire for taking three days to issue any images of suspects - and then only releasing 12 grainy pictures. The Mail Online managed to produce another 30 with ease.

In contrast, Greather Manchester Police were issuing images online via social network sites within hours of similar violence in their area.

In Birmingham, police tracked down suspected rioters hours later and smashed into their homes to arrest them.

Officers mounted raids on around a dozen properties across the city and made seven arrests. They also recovered apparently looted items.

The police's tactics have led to much public criticism from residents and business owners, who are bemused at the 'soft' approach when their livelihoods are being ruined.

Eye witnesses have told of ranks of police standing by while mobs of youths rampaged and stole from shop fronts and terrorised residents.

However, it has been suggested that the approach may also have been dictated by the sheer scale of the problem with teams unable to spare officers to make arrests on the spot.

There have also been calls for far more robust measures - including plastic bullets, water cannon and even the Army - to quell the chaos. 

It has been suggested that the softer approach has been sparked by controversy over the death of Ian Tomlinson during the G20 riots and wider criticism of policing during protests.

Mr Tomlinson was struck by a policeman wielding a baton during the G20 protests in 2009 and shoved to the ground.

He suffered massive internal bleeding and died minutes later. The officer involved is now awaiting trial for manslaughter over his death.

Scotland Yard was also heavily criticised in the High Court in April for using 'kettling' during the G20 demonstrations.

Judges ruled the Met had broken the law in the way it kettled 5,000 protesters because it was 'unjustified' and an unlawful deprivation of liberty. 

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stephen insists 'nobody' gave any instruction to go soft. 'I'm now aware of any order to take things easy,' he told BBC's Radio 4 Today programme.

He said: 'We have had this allegation made a few times. You have to realise we had over 3,000 officers on Sunday night. That is the size of two small forces combined. It is a significant asset that we put out there.

'We filled the cells of London on Sunday and Monday night, we drove Jankels at looters - if that is taking things easy, I don't understand that logic.'

He admitted there were 'significant gaps' in the police response and that they were 'enormously stretched'.

But he insisted: 'As far as I'm concerned Chris Allison and Lynne Owens who led this did not give any instruction and nobody else has either.'

On wider tactics, he said everything 'from local engagement to extreme use of force' had been considered.

Officers trained in using baton rounds were ready if needed but there are currently no water cannon on the British mainland, he added.

Baton rounds, or plastic bullets, can only be used if sanctioned by the commissioner of the Met Police and have never been fired on the British mainland.

They were issued to police at the Broadwater Farm riots in Tottenham in 1985 but never used - although the weapons are apparently also issued annually for the Notting Hill Carnival (Daily Mail, 2011)

Title: NYPD Riot Units Conduct Drills
Date:
August 14, 2011
Source:
Metro News

Abstract: In the wake of the London riots, the NYPD Disorder Control Unit held a “mobilization exercise” on Randall’s Island on Friday to rehearse its response should out-of-control riots break out here, Metro has learned.

Approximately 180 police officers total from each borough’s task force, including the horseback and aviation units, came out for the drill, according to police.

“The London response wasn’t that great — they were outnumbered and taken by surprise,” said Mike Codella, a retired NYPD detective. When he was on the force, riot drills happened once a year at most, he said.

The training exercise comes the same week the NYPD has stepped up its monitoring of social media, used to organize mayhem across England and also to coordinate teen mobs in Philadelphia.

Police will now troll sites like Twitter and Facebook for suspicious activity, gang feuds and house parties as part of a new juvenile justice unit (Metro News, 2011).

Title: Mayor Bloomberg Predicts Riots In The Streets If Economy Doesn't Create More Jobs
Date: September 16, 2011
Source: NY Daily News

Abstract:
Mayor Bloomberg warned Friday there would be riots in the streets if Washington doesn't get serious about generating jobs.

"We have a lot of kids graduating college, can't find jobs," Bloomberg said on his weekly WOR radio show.

"That's what happened in Cairo. That's what happened in Madrid. You don't want those kinds of riots here."

In Cairo, angry Egyptians took out their frustrations by toppling presidential strongman Hosni Mubarak - and more recently attacking the Israeli embassy.

As for Madrid, the most recent street protests were sparked by widespread unhappiness that the Spanish government was spending millions on the visit of Pope Benedict instead of dealing with widespread unemployment.

Bloomberg's unusually alarmist pronouncement came as President Obama has been pressuring reluctant Republicans to pass his proposed job creation plan.

"The damage to a generation that can't find jobs will go on for many, many years," the normally-measured mayor said.

Bloomberg gave Obama kudos for coming up with a jobs plan.

"At least he's got some ideas on the table, whether you like those or not," he said. "Now everybody's got to sit down and say we're actually gonna do something and you have to do something on both the revenue and the expense side."

And everybody's got to share in the pain.

"When you start picking and choosing which groups do and do not, that's when it becomes unfair in a lot of people's minds," the mayor said. "But we're all in this together."

Obama didn't create this economic mess, it developed "over long periods of time," Bloomberg said.

Obama's approval rating has sunk along with the economy, but the ratings of the Republicans who have stymied his attempts repair the damage are even worse, most polls show.

Already, House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, has drawn a line on raising taxes on the rich to pay for Obama's proposed $447 billion jobs plan, which aims to help the middle class (NY Daily News, 2011).

Title: Rush Limbaugh: Obama White House Is “Setting Up Riots”
Date:
October 6, 2011
Source: Ology

Abstract: On his program this afternoon, talk radio host Rush Limbaugh weighed in on the protests in Downtown Manhattan calling themselves Occupy Wall Street. He quoted an anonymous friend when he said that it is possible that the White House was behind the protests to some degree and claimed that the Obama Administration wanted to foment riots to advance an anti-corporatist agenda.

Limbaugh clarified on his program that it was not his opinion, nor would he say that he shares this opinion, merely that he was giving voice to a “prominent individual” who shared this opinion with Limbaugh.

Limbaugh was referencing President Obama’s acknowledgement of the Occupy Wall Street protests during an hour-long press conference held today in which the president said that the protests represent the “broad-based frustration” among Americans with the financial system. This has widely been interpreted, albeit tentatively, with the ongoing protests in near Wall Street.

The Occupy Wall Street protests also received a boost of support today from Vice President Joe Biden today at the Washington Ideas Forum: “Let’s be honest with one another,” said Biden. “What is the core of that protest? The core is: The bargain has been breached. The core is the American people do not think the system is fair, or on the level. That is the core is what you’re seeing with Wall Street(Ology, 2011).

Title: Buckle Up: America Is Getting Very Angry And The Protests Are Going To Become Much More Frightening
Date:
October 12, 2011
Source:
American Dream

Abstract: The Occupy Wall Street protests and the rise of the Tea Party movement have both changed America, but you haven't seen anything yet.  You better buckle up, because America is getting very angry and as the economy continues to decline the economic protests are going to become much more frightening in the years ahead.  Americans have become very accustomed to prosperity.  Now that our prosperity is vanishing, people are starting to become very angry.  The scary thing is that the vast majority of our population now lives in tightly congested urban areas.  That makes the potential for mass rioting and civil unrest much greater.  Back in 1910, 72 percent of Americans lived in rural areas.  Today, only 16 percent of Americans live in rural areas.  So what happens when you have millions of incredibly angry people crammed into tightly congested metropolitan areas?  Well, we are about to find out.

Over the past 4 years, we have seen some unprecedented things happen in America.  First we witnessed the rise of the Tea Party movement.  Initially it pretty much was a true grassroots movement but now it has been mostly taken over by establishment Republicans.  Now we are witnessing the rise of Occupy Wall Street.  While there are some grassroots elements to it, the reality is that Occupy Wall Street seems to be pretty much controlled by the Democrats.  In fact, one individual was recently told that "Ron Paul signs are not welcome here" at a recent protest.

So we have the left and the right fighting with each other like cats and dogs.  The Tea Party movement and Occupy Wall Street both pretty much hate each other.

Meanwhile, those that control both political parties are enjoying the view.

But the people that are expressing their anger through protest movements such as Occupy Wall Street are not going to be content with the status quo for long.

The truth is that there is a lot of anger in the United States today, and that anger is rapidly growing.  Millions upon millions of Americans are deeply upset about the economy and about our financial system.

Right now, protests by both the Tea Party movement and Occupy Wall Street have been mostly peaceful.

But that will not last indefinitely.

In fact, there are already signs that Occupy Wall Street protesters are not content with simply sitting in the park and banging on drums.

For example, protesters stormed the Senate Hart Office Building in Washington D.C. today.  A handful of protesters were arrested.

Also, more than 50 protesters from the Occupy Boston movement were arrested today when they would not do what police were ordering them to do.

But most notable of all was the march to the homes of certain millionaires up in New York.  Earlier today, Occupy Wall Street protesters marched to the homes of Jamie Dimon, David Koch, John Paulson, Howard Milstein, and Rupert Murdoch.

Needless to say, that is going to seriously upset some people.

The home protests were not spontaneous.  The truth is that they were highly organized.  Organizers such as SEIU board member Stephen Lerner have been talking about them for quite some time.  In fact, you can hear him discussing plans for the upcoming protests at the homes of these millionaires back on October 3rd right here.

There is a lot about Occupy Wall Street that can be criticized (just check out this article), but one thing that Occupy Wall Street is actually doing right is that it is focusing on the role of money in politics.

The big financial powers spend hundreds of millions of dollars on political campaigns.  Just check out this infographic.  All of that money buys a lot of influence over the political process.  If it didn't, the big financial powers would not be spending that kind of money.

But the big financial powers are not just spending money on political campaigns.  It has now come out that the big Wall Street banks can order New York City police officers just like they would order pizzas.  In fact, over a million dollars is going to be spent this way just this year alone.

A recent article that was posted on counterpunch.org detailed how this works....

One of the ingenious methods that has remained below the public’s radar was started by the Rudy Giuliani administration in New York City in 1998.  It’s called the Paid Detail Unit and it allows the New York Stock Exchange and Wall Street corporations, including those repeatedly charged with crimes, to order up a flank of New York’s finest with the ease of dialing the deli for a pastrami on rye.
The corporations pay an average of $37 an hour (no medical, no pension benefit, no overtime pay) for a member of the NYPD, with gun, handcuffs and the ability to arrest.  The officer is indemnified by the taxpayer, not the corporation.

New York City gets a 10 percent administrative fee on top of the $37 per hour paid to the police.  The City’s 2011 budget called for $1,184,000 in Paid Detail fees, meaning private corporations were paying  wages of $11.8 million to police participating in the Paid Detail Unit.  The program has more than doubled in revenue to the city since 2002.

So expect the big Wall Street banks to be sending in orders for huge numbers of New York City cops to protect them from the half-crazed Occupy Wall Street protesters.

Sadly, if recent poll numbers are any indication, the anger of the American people is not going to abate any time soon....

*According to Gallup, the percentage of Americans that lack confidence in U.S. banks is now at an all-time high of 36%.

*According to a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, 90 percent of Americans believe that the economy is performing poorly and approximately 80 percent of Americans believe that it is "difficult" to find a job right now.

*According to a recent Rasmussen survey, 48 percent of all Americans believe that reductions in government spending are "at least somewhat likely" to result in civil unrest inside the United States.

*Another recent survey found that 73 percent of all Americans believe that the nation is "on the wrong track".

*According to a recent CBS News/New York Times poll, Congress has a disapproval rating of 82%.

*A recent Rasmussen survey found that 85 percent of Americans believe that members of Congress "are more interested in helping their own careers than in helping other people", and that same survey found that 46 percent of the American people believe that most members of Congress are corrupt.

*According to a different Rasmussen survey, only 17 percent of all Americans now believe that the U.S. government has the consent of the governed.

*A recent Washington Post poll found that 78 percent of Americans are dissatisfied "with the way this country’s political system is working" and that only 26 percent of Americans now believe that the federal government can solve the economic problems that we are facing.

So what does all of that add up to?

It adds up to a U.S. population that is very frustrated and that is looking for outlets for that frustration.

As the U.S. economy continues to fall apart, that frustration is going to continue to rise.

What we are seeing all across America is only the beginning.  We are going to see protest movements and explosions of anger that we can't even imagine right now.

Dark days are coming for America.

You better buckle up (American Dream, 2011).

3. FLASH MOBS

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As if on a schedule, "flash mobs" started occurring in Philadelphia immediately after the conclusion of the London Riots. These "flash mobs" also appeared roughly 5 months after the U.S. Department of Justice's Gang Threat Assessment which predicts that violence will erupt in Eastern Pennsylvania. Just a coincidence or a contrived conspiracy? 

Title: Philadelphia Mayor Talks Tough To Black Teenagers After ‘Flash Mobs’
Date: August 8, 2011
Source: Washington Times

Abstract: Mayor Michael A. Nutter, telling marauding black youths “you have damaged your own race,” imposed a tougher curfew Monday in response to the latest “flash mob” — spontaneous groups of teens who attack people at random on the streets of the city’s tourist and fashionable shopping districts.

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“Take those God-darn hoodies down, especially in the summer,” Mr. Nutter, the city’s third black mayor, said in an angry lecture aimed at black teens. “Pull your pants up and buy a belt ‘cause no one wants to see your underwear or the crack of your butt.”

“If you walk into somebody’s office with your hair uncombed and a pick in the back, and your shoes untied, and your pants half down, tattoos up and down your arms and on your neck, and you wonder why somebody won’t hire you? They don’t hire you ‘cause you look like you’re crazy,” the mayor said. “You have damaged your own race.”

Mr. Nutter announced that he was beefing up police patrols in certain neighborhoods, enlisting volunteers to monitor the streets and moving up the weekend curfew for minors to 9 p.m.

Parents will face increased fines for each time their child is caught violating the curfew.

The head of Philadelphia’s chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, J. Whyatt Mondesire, said it “took courage” for Mr. Nutter to deliver the message.

“These are majority African-American youths and they need to be called on it,” Mr. Mondesire said.

Mary Catherine Roper, a spokeswoman for the Philadelphia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, said her group sees the curfew move as legal with its sole caveat being that it not evolve “into an excuse to hassle” any youths on the street.

The state ACLU filed a federal lawsuit last year challenging Philadelphia police’s use of “stop and frisk” searches. A settlement announced in June allowed the program to continue, along with safeguards to prevent the use of racial profiling.

In the past two years, the City of Brotherly Love has been the scene of several flash mobs in which youths meet at planned locations by texting one another and then commit assorted mayhem.

In one episode, teens knocked down passers-by on a Center City street and entered an upscale department store where they assaulted shoppers. On another occasion, hundreds of teens gathered in a restaurant district and menaced patrons, forcing some restaurant owners to lock customers inside temporarily for their own protection or to close early.

In the latest event July 29, about 20 to 30 youths descended on Center City after dark, then punched, beat and robbed bystanders. One man was kicked so savagely that he was hospitalized with a fractured skull. Police arrested four people, including an 11-year-old.

Other cities have grappled with the problem of destructive flash mobs. In Chicago on Memorial Day weekend, roving teens flashed gang signs, knocked cyclists off their bikes and harassed picnickers. Police closed a popular beach as the violence escalated.

In January, dozens of young people stormed a popular Milwaukee mall late in the afternoon and scared customers and store employees (Washington Times, 2011).

4. THE PHILLY CURFEW

OBAMACSI.COM:
To add gasoline to the fire, the mayor of Philadelphia has laid down an unrealistic curfew in response to the flash mobs. The 9pm curfew is obviously designed to punish and anger the law abiding citizens of Philadelphia so that when gang members are paid to riot, law abiding citizens will follow. 

Title: Philly Curfew Begins Tonight To Combat 'Flash Mob' Violence
Date: August 12, 2011
Source:
USA Today

A tough new 9 p.m. curfew for young people under 18 goes into effect in parts of Philadelphia tonight as the mayor and police try to break up "flash mob" violence that has plagued the city for almost two years, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

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The "flash mobs," organized via social media and text messages, mobilize hundreds and sometimes thousands of young people to a designated location where they harass and beat up people on the street.

In one incident, the gangs of mostly black teens knocked down passers-by, then descended on a department store to assault shoppers, says a report by BET. In another case, hundreds of teens besieged the city's restaurant district, forcing owners to shut down for the night.

In announcing the curfew, Mayor Michael Nutter blamed the "terrible acts" on a "small number of reckless teenagers who have damaged our city and our citizens."

On Sunday, Nutter, who is African American, mounted the pulpit at Mount Carmel Baptist Church in West Philadelphia to scold the troublemakers by saying "you have damaged your race," BET reports.

An excerpt from his remarks to the congregation:

"If you walk into somebody's office with your hair uncombed and a pick in the back, and your shoes untied, and your pants half-down, tattoos up and down your arms and on your neck, and you wonder why somebody won't hire you? They don't hire you 'cause you look like you're crazy."

Teens who violate the target curfew can be fined up to $300. Parents who have received a curfew-violation notice can be fined up to $500 for a new violation by their child (USA Today, 2011)

Title: Fifty Teens Arrested In Philadelphia Curfew To Fight 'Social Network Mobs'
Date:
August 13, 2011
Source:
Telegraph

Abstract: About 50 teenagers were arrested in Philadelphia on Friday night after breaking a new 9pm weekend curfew imposed to combat a spate of flash mob attacks.

Michael Nutter, the city's mayor, has enacted the curfew on Friday and Saturday nights in three districts where bystanders have been attacked by marauding teens using social media networks to co-ordinate their meetings and movements.

Unaccompanied teens aged between 13 and 18 were banned from the streets of the colonial Old City, the nation's birthplace whose historic sites include the hall where the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were adopted, and two other busy nightlife districts.

Under-13s are already subject to a 10pm curfew across the City of Brotherly Love, as Philadelphia likes to call itself.

The initiative is likely to be closely followed in Britain after a series of cities were hit by riots where youths used similar social media techniques to organise their rampages.

The arrested teens face fines of up to $300 (£185) for their first offence. Parents may be fined up to $500 (£307) if their children are caught a second time and could also be charged with child neglect if they do not respond to police requests to collect arrested teenagers.

The city has stepped up programmes at youth and recreation centres on the weekend nights in an attempt to keep teens off the streets.

Mr Nutter blamed recent violence on a "relatively small number of complete knuckleheads".

But Mr Nutter, who is black, also lectured parents and the African-American community about their social responsibilities.

"If you want to act like an idiot - move," Mr Nutter said in a scathing speech from the pulpit of a predominantly black church in comments directed both at troublemakers and negligent parents.

"You've damaged yourself; you've damaged another person; you've damaged your peers; and quite frankly you've damaged your race."

To parents, he said: "Get your act together. Get it together, right now! ...[or] you're going to find yourself spending some quality time with your kids, in jail, together."

He aimed much of his fire at absentee fathers in a city with an high black illegitimacy rate: "You're not a father just because you have a kid, or two, or three.

"That's part of the problem in our community. Let me speak plain: That's part of the problem in 'the black community'.

"We have too many men, making too many babies that they don't want to take care of, and then we end up dealing with your children. We're not running a big baby-sitting service.

"You were around for the sex - now, be around for the parenting."

Philadelphia has in recent weeks witnessed swarms of minors, some as young as 11, who have converged in response to Twitter and text messages.

In one rampage by two dozen youths, one man was left in hospital with a broken jaw. In another incident, a woman was punched in the face and suffered a broken leg as she fell.

On Friday night, extra police patrols were deployed to check identities of anyone who looked as though they may have been under 18 (Telegraph, 2011)

Title: City Youth Curfew Is An Overreaction
Date: August 18, 2011
Source: The Inquirer

Abstract: Mayor Nutter has decided to take an ironfisted approach to the city's flash-mob problem. Although his motives and much of his response are commendable, his decision to institute a curfew for portions of the city is troubling. While last weekend's relative quiet was attributed to the curfew, its reported effectiveness does not necessarily make it right.

Under the curfew, youths under 18 who are found out and about after 9 p.m. in Center City, the South Street area, and University City are subject to arrest. The problem with this is that it's a "status crime": a crime based not on what people do, but on who they are - in this case, children and adolescents.

America has had plenty of experience with status crimes. The most obnoxious example is the Jim Crow laws of the South, which criminalized people based on the color of their skin. Another example is vagrancy laws, which in effect criminalized homelessness. Such laws were eventually abolished as an affront to constitutional principles.

Although imposing a curfew on young people may not be as offensive as Jim Crow or vagrancy laws, it is nevertheless an extraordinary assertion of government power that dictates where certain people may lawfully be present. How can this be reconciled with our system of government?

Usually, for such an assertion of power to be legitimate, there must be some emergency situation confronting local authorities - think riots and other civil disturbances. Do Philadelphia's flash mobs rise to that level?

True, crimes are being committed and lives are being adversely affected, but there hasn't been the sort of wholesale disorder or full-blown rioting that typically justifies such a drastic remedy. Law enforcement officials have not been overwhelmed by the mobs.

By the standards of this curfew, any group seen as having a propensity to commit crimes can be kept off the streets by simple government decree. If we really want to make the curfew effective, we should apply it to all men ages 16 to 25, as statistics show they account for most of the street crime in America. If there were any way to enforce such a law and defend it from constitutional challenge, Philadelphia's crime problem could be solved in one fell swoop.

Authorities have many options for dealing with mobs short of a curfew. Outreach programs can help discourage them, as does an increased police presence in affected areas. Police must also develop intelligence on the formation of mobs and arrest those involved through good old-fashioned police work. The court system, too, must respond with quick, strong sanctions that send a clear message. It may not be easy, but a coordinated criminal-justice response will go a long way toward ending the flash-mob phenomenon.

The mayor's frustration at the flash mobs and his sense of urgency in dealing with them is widely shared. Lawlessness cannot be tolerated. But it must be confronted in a manner consistent with our Constitution. The curfew is not, and it should be rescinded (The Inquirer, 2011).

Title:
Philadelphia Extends Youth Curfew After Flash Mobs
Date: August 22, 2011
Source: Fox News

Abstract: Philadelphia officials are extending the curfew for minors for two more weeks until the regular school-year curfew takes effect.

The 9 p.m. curfew was put in place downtown and near the University of Pennsylvania in response to violent "flash mob" attacks that severely injured several people in recent months.

Mayor Michael Nutter's administration says he's extending it another two weeks.

Nutter spokesman Mark McDonald says there have been no major problems in the few weeks since the curfew was put into effect. Philadelphia police on Monday reported 32 curfew violations over the weekend.

The school-year curfew starts Sept. 6 (Fox News, 2011).

5. RANDOM UNPRECEDENTED VIOLENCE

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Out of seemingly nowhere, Philadelphia has garnered national and international attention for violence and thuggery. As if part of a larger sinister program, men, likely gang members, have begun attacking random people without cause or concern.

Title:
Gunfire At Philly Basketball Court Injures 6
Date: August
Source: Fox News

Abstract: Police say gunfire erupted at a southwest Philadelphia basketball court during halftime of an adult league game with hundreds of spectators, injuring six people, one critically.

Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives says about 500 people were at the 19-and-over league playoff game at Kingsessing Recreation Center when shots rang out at about 8:45 p.m. Monday.

He says five men and one woman were taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where one man hit in the stomach was in surgery but the others were stable with injuries to their lower extremities.

Walker said at least 11 shots were fired, and another person in the crowd may have returned fire.

Police pursued a male who ditched a revolver before escaping, but that gun had not been fired (Fox News, 2011).