Mayor Michael Nutter, who has described the flash mobbers as “a tiny minority of ignorant, reckless fools”, is attempting to maintain ordinance in the Center City and University City area of the city with new regulation by increasing police patrol and setting some new rules.
Individuals under the age of 18 must now be off the streets at 9 PM on Friday and Saturday nights. 20 recreational centers in the city will be allowed to remain open until 10pm.
The mayor also is strongly encouraging that parents become more involved and aware of their children’s whereabouts. According to press statement, children that are not picked up from recreational halls or other centers by 9PM will be immediately reported to the Department of Human Services and parents could “be taken to court for other violations including neglect of [their] child”.
Nutter claims that it takes a community to raise a child and that this work can not be the job of the police alone.
“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.”
Within the past weekend, twelve minors have been cited for curfew violations. The city curfew is temporary and according to the Mayor will be re-evaluated upon the start of the school year.