PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Mayor Michael Nutter today announced a tighter weekend curfew in the Center City and University City regions of the city, as he continues grappling with the threat of "flash mobs" in Philadelphia.
Nutter today described those engaging in flash mob rampages (see previous story) as "a tiny minority of ignorant, reckless fools."
Then, flanked by dozens of law enforcement and community leaders, he spelled out a substantive (though temporary) change in the city's curfew for two key areas -- Center City and University City -- on Friday and Saturday nights.
Anyone under 18 in those areas must now be off the streets by 9 PM.
And when parents come to pick up curfew violators, the mayor said, they'll be told to keep track of the child.
"If you don't even bother to pick up your child, we are immediately calling the Department of Human Services, and you can then be taken to court for other violations including neglect of your child," he warned.
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And Nutter asked for the public's help.
"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."
In addition, Nutter said 20 city recreation centers will be open later -- until 10 PM -- on Friday and Saturday nights (see list below).
Twelve minors were cited for curfew violations this past weekend. The temporary 9 PM curfew, Nutter said, will be reevaluated when the school year starts.
Reported by KYW City Hall bureau chief Mike Dunn
|Philadelphia Parks & Recreation|
|20 Sites for Extended Hours|
|Northern Liberties Recreation Center||321 Fairmount Avenue|
|Murphy Recreation Center||300 Shunk Street|
|Vare Recreation Center||2600 Morris Street|
|Myers Recreation Center||5800 Kingsessing Avenue|
|Christy Recreation Center||728 S. 55th Street|
|Kingsessing Recreation Center||5000 Chester Avenue|
|Shepard Recreation Center||5700 Haverford Avenue|
|Gustine Lake Recreation Center||4863 Ridge Avenue|
|Hank Gathers Recreation Center||2501-19 W. Diamond Street|
|Athletic Recreation Center||1401-27 North 27th Street|
|Vogt Recreation center||4131 Unruh Street|
|Samuel Recreation Center||3539 Gaul Street|
|McVeigh Recreation Center||400-64 D Street|
|Feltonville Recreation Center||231-31 E. Wyoming Avenue|
|Lonnie Young Recreation Center||1100 E. Chelten Avenue|
|Happy Hollow Recreation center||4740 Wayne Avenue|
|Olney Recreation Center||100 E. Godfrey Avenue|
|Lawncrest Recreation Center||6000 Rising Sun Avenue|
|Simons Recreation Center||7200 Woolston Street|
|Fox Chase Recreation Center||7901 Ridgeway Street|
(List provided by City of Philadelphia)
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