Not a single flash mob incident has been reported since the 9 p.m. curfew went into effect on August 9, said Mark McDonald, a spokesman for Mayor Michael Nutter.
At the same time, 106 youths have been detained as violators of the curfew for anyone under age 18 in both Center City and University City, he said. Those detained were taken to police stations, where their parents were called to pick them up. “It’s working,” McDonald said.
“It’s sending a strong message to parents and young people,” he said.
The curfew was scheduled to expire last weekend but was extended until after Labor Day, when school resumes in Philadelphia. The mayor put the curfew in place after roaming hordes of youths as young as 11 set upon a pedestrian and broke the man’s teeth, and assaulted storeowners.—Reuters