‘Bash mobs’ sweep through Southern California

This shit’s getting old. And people wonder why the rest of the world considers the US to be a laughingstock. When a small minority of a population can hold the majority hostage, then you’ve got problems. Suffice to say, I am not amused.

Per the LA Times

Organized “bash mob” crime rampages of roving groups attacking innocent people and businesses have been striking cities around the United States. Law enforcement agencies in Southern California have reported few similar problems — until now.

In the last several days, there have been several reports of such group crime waves in South L.A., Hollywood, San Bernardino and Victorville. Long Beach police are bracing for another one Friday.

These so-called bash mobs of “flash mob” crime waves are organized through social media and have been a problem in Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington. In April, 28 Chicago youths were arrested on suspicion of attacking pedestrians along the city’s famed Magnificent Mile. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation in May enacting stiffer penalties for people who text or use social media to organize mob attacks.

Long Beach police warned in a statement that participants could face severe penalties.

“The mere participation in such an event can result in felony charges including conspiracy, and are punishable by imprisonment in the state prison,” according to the statement.

Police said they feared bash mob organizers planned to hit Long Beach at 2 p.m.

Long Beach experienced such a gathering July 9, when more than 100 people descended on stretches of downtown in an organized, sudden crime rampage.

On Monday, a group of unruly young people broke off from hundreds gathered for a Trayvon Martin prayer vigil and rushed into a Wal-Mart on Crenshaw Boulevard, where they tossed merchandise and tried to break into a jewelry display case.

In Hollywood on Tuesday night, a flash mob of thieves rushed down Hollywood Boulevard, stealing phones, knocking over tourists and vandalizing shops, according to police, who said it may have been related to the George Zimmerman verdict. Twelve people — 11 juveniles and one 18-year-old — were arrested on suspicion of robbery.

On Wednesday night in Victorville, authorities arrested 17 people after a group allegedly tried to force its way into the Mall of Victor Valley.

2 comments on “‘Bash mobs’ sweep through Southern California

  1. In no way am I trying to target anyone ethnic or racial group because all sorts are getting involved in this kind of behavior, but it places this country in a bad light. Beating on people either because a court verdict didn’t go your way, or because you want to is no excuse for criminal and immoral behavior. We in this country have now raised and entire generation who feels entitled to everything.

    Also, instead of educating students, we’re too busy ‘building their self-esteem,’ which is leading to a crop of kids coming out of high school who can’t read cursive or do basic math and english, but they consider themselves the ‘smartest and best talented to ever graduate.’ Unfortunately, the piss poor SAT and test scores prove their opinions of themselves to be a fallacy.

    All of this combines to make this country both a laughingstock and one that’s fully willing to let our leadership take us into darkness and bondage.

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