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Flash-Mob Violence, Read The Signs…

Flash Mobs, Good or Bad?

Some Flash Mobs Turn Violent…Surprised?

As of recent events, from the news reports to the web reports, there is a new “Gang Tactic” that is becoming more prominent and obtrusive in our society as a whole; Flash Mobs.  I know that since the news decided to do a report on this juvenile and ridiculous teenage mentality, everyone somehow thinks its a “new thing.”  Well guess what folks…its not a new thing! This is just another way of saying “gang violence.” There is little difference overall…However, the difference between the traditional gang violence and the new “flash mobs” violence is the use of social media to dictate time and place and then execute the crime.  If you study the behavior of people or the behavior of cultures or society as a whole, there isn’t much to be surprised about any more. Taking social media to the depths of gutter-thinking humans was only a matter of time. Whether its Facebook or Twitter, the exposure to thousands or millions of people in an instant can be a blessing or a curse.

Why Some Flash Mobs Aren’t Other Flash Mobs…

Most of us have seen that stupid commercial about the guy in the public area (it looks like a bus or train station lobby) who is wearing the overcoat and, looking at the clock, when the minute hand hits the designated time, he throws down his stuff, rips off his overcoat and starts the most ridiculous dance you have ever seen. When nobody else follows suit, he checks his phone and discovers that the “flash mob” time has changed and he didn’t get the memo because his cell phone provider is “slower” than the rest of the groups; who are also walking around with a bunch of overcoats and giving him the “you are so stupid” look.  I never liked that commercial and I usually turn the channel to something else. (thank goodness for the “jump” button on the remote)

From everything I have seen or read, the whole flash mob concept started as an innocent one. A way to demonstrate a purpose or cause in a non-violent manner. The “flash” in flash mobs is due to the fact that everyone involved is considered “incognito” until the proper time arrives to execute the so called “peace rally” thus the public as a whole is caught off guard, in a flash, as it were.  I can imagine that being involved in, or being present during a flash mob, could be quite fun, or even funny. But of course, some group(s) of worthless teenagers has taken it to a whole new level and ruined the intention…big surprise! (did you detect the sarcasm there?)

Flash Mobs, or Flash Criminals?

Flash Mobs STOP

Violent flash mobs are not really flash mobs, but simply a more organized gang raid technique. By sitting around acting like nothing is going to happen before a gang decides to act, does not classify it as a flash mob. Their true nature is that of a street gang who have decided to “act” in the manner of another group, thus they are really copycats in all reality. I have little to no toleration for criminals and this type of “wanna-be” flash mobs tactic is no different.  Using Twitter as a method of communication is the only “high tech” method used by these gang-bangers. The false notion that they are “intelligent” is giving them way too much credit. They are abusive, amateur thugs, just like they were before they decided to use Twitter for mass notifications.

I applaud the mayor of Philly and other cities who are trying to crack down on these “bored youth” by working on curfews and other methods. Mayor Nutter, stated the true problem by holding the parents accountable for the actions of these “troubled-teens.” I agree that parenting is primary method of creating a free and moral society. So far, everything I have read about the violent, so called “flash mobs” have been from teenage youth of the African American designation.  I also agree with the statements that such behavior does and will continue to “paint” a negative picture of certain ethnic groups. How can it be a positive thing?  It can’t!  Racism has always been around and such acts like violent “flash mobs” will only fuel the fire of hate groups in society. Seriously, that is a truly horrible consequence for everyone, everywhere!

What To Look For Before A “Flash Mob” Occurs

So now that I have ranted a bit, let’s take a look at how you could possibly detect a flash mob before it happens.  Keep in mind that the violent mind set is nothing new and that the characteristics are similar in most respects, thus the tactical measures to avoid them are also quite the same in most respects.  Also, read the post on this site about the 5 year study done by the FBI about offenders and their characteristics, there is much to learn and Steve Beckstead and I have been doing a chapter-by-chapter summary for educational purposes.
So here are some things to think about:

  • Be aware that they exist and could hit just about any public accessed area.
  • They are in public places, whether its a retail store or open public court yard or street, its still public.
  • Observe the number of people in the area and see if that number increase rapidly.
  • Notice if there are any patterns around you. Same clothes, same styles, same age groups, same race, etc.
  • Notice if there are multiple “glances” at hand helds, watches, or any “social media” devices.
  • Note your location and see if there are any places worth robbing from, like retail stores, electronics, etc.
  • If you are in certain “information streams” then note any alerts on Twitter and other social media sites about group get-togethers or parties etc.
  • Don’t Panic, but if you suspect or are in the middle of an occurrence, call the cops and give as much detailed information as you can.
  • Be cautious about using your concealed firearm in moments like these. NOT using it is probably a better choice, due to the fact that these acts are meant to be chaotic, confusing and quickly executed. Presenting your emergency tool and firing on the innocent by-standard, “who is just trying to get the #*@#* out of there,” will only put you in jail and could ruin your life.
  • Remember Jeff Cooper’s “Four Colors/Levels of Awareness” because his methods of awareness will save your life.

So, as you can see, the only characteristic differences of gang activity and violent flash mob execution is a little more discreetness in their behavior and the number of people involved has increase as well. Other than that, if you want to continue being safe and detecting possible criminal activity in public, the rules of awareness are the same.  

Don’t give any credit to these punks, they’ll just continue to act the way they are.  Let’s treat them how they should be treated, as the criminals they are. 

Be smart, stay safe and check your six often!

Damon Thueson

www.defenseactions.com

 

 

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6 Responses to “Flash-Mob Violence, Read The Signs…”

  1. On August 20, 2011 at 5:46 PM Tyrone responded with... #

    WHAT A DIFFERENTS A RACE MAKES WHEN THE FLASH MOB IS WHITE TEENS

    Jackson, Mississippi (CNN) — On a recent Sunday morning just before dawn, two carloads of white teenagers ” Flash Mob” drove to Jackson, Mississippi, on what the county district attorney says was a mission of hate and pure evil: to find and or hurt or kill a black person.
    In a parking lot on the western side of town they found their black victim. A hard working American citizen that loved his country and his family!
    James Craig Anderson, a 49-year-old auto plant worker, was standing in a parking lot, near his car. The teens allegedly beat Anderson repeatedly, kicking him in his head and chest yelling racial epithets, including “White Power!” according to witnesses.
    Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith says a group of 12 white teens then climbed into their large Ford F250 green pickup truck, floored the gas, and drove the truck right over Anderson, killing him instantly.
    Killing the black man! Not just beating a black man killing him! To date the Mayor of Jackson has not attacked the parent or blame them for not watching their children better! There was no going to church and critcizing all white teens! You didn’t here the Mayor criticizing the dress or all white teens hateful tatoos! There was no telling them they where a disgrace to their race! No teen was told to pull up your pants!
    No only innocent black people are critcize for things they never participated in! I wonder will the Mayor of Jackson have a curfew that punish all white teens? Will he start a Stop & Frisk program that will really just target white teens?
    Mississippi officials say it was a racially motivated murder. What the gang of teens did not know was that a surveillance camera was focused on the parking lot that night, and many of the events, including the actual murder of Anderson, were captured live on videotape. There is good reason that the DA sees this as a hate crime:
    Shortly after he allegedly drove the truck over Anderson, Dedmon allegedly boasted and laughed about the killing, according to testimony given by some of the teens to detectives.”I ran that nigger over,” Dedmon said in a phone conversation to the teens in the other car.
    He repeated the racial language in subsequent conversations, according to the law enforcement officials.”He was not remorseful he was laughing, laughing about the killing,” said district attorney Smith.
    The white control national media said nothing about the crime. Now the Philly Flash Mob has been in the news for months! Fox News especially is running Mayor Nutter attack on black parents and all black teens!

  2. On August 20, 2011 at 5:47 PM Tyrone responded with... #

    MAYOR NUTTER ANOTHER MAYOR WILSON GOODE

    Black Democrats voters in Philly will go down as some of the dumper voters in history. Mayor Nutter should be impeach and never allowed to ever run for political office! His latest statement is racist and demeaning and disrespectful to all black teens!Mayor Nutter of Philadelphia response to black children going around being violent hooligans i.e., savages attacking innocent people.
    I am highly against the teens behavior horrible and cowardly and disrespectful behavior against other Americans! There parent should be called out! But Mayor Nutter is a hypocrite and a piss poor leader and a danger for all black people!
    Remember the incident where more than a dozen police officers was taken off the street as authorities investigate a video showing three black suspects being kicked, punched and beaten after they were pulled out of a car during a traffic stop. 15 white Philly cops beat and kicked and handcuff and beat some more! What turn out to be innocent black men that had did nothing! The reason I call Mayor Nutter a hypocrite and a racist against black people!
    There was no calling those white cops hooligans there was no attacking their parents. There was no going to white churches and criticizing all white men! That makes Mayor Nutter a hypocrite and gutless! Again there must be something done and I have written a plan to attack the Flash Mobs and end the practice! It’s not attacking all black teens like Mayor Nutter has done it’s not disrespecting all black parent and a entire black community!
    Mayor Nutter came into office enforcing Stop& Frisk which turn out to be stop black people!Black children as young as 8 years old going to and from school are made to drop their trousers and take off their shoes in full view of the public! This is Mayor Nutter way of appeasing white Philly residents!
    Mayor Wilson Goode the first black Mayor of Philly was just as gutless and worse! He allowed a black neighborhood to be burn down! 11 black unarmed Americans to be murder! This was after black Philly residents fought to get Wilson elected. This was after openly racist Mayor Rizzo!
    In the months prior, Goode had taken a position of “appeasement, non-confrontation and avoidance” with MOVE until enough pressure from the group’s neighbors and the white control media pushed him to action, according to the MOVE Commission report.
    Goode delegated the leadership and coordination of a plan to the white police commissioner and the city’s managing director while he monitored the events from City Hall, the commission said. Many of the people he delegated to so how Rizzo handle MOVE. John Africa was beaten like a animal as Rizzo communicated with officer….He was caught of radio saying “ kill the Ni—ger!
    Another thing that is gutless on the part of Mayor Nutter…There are killings of black men weekly in Philly and there was no curfew or attacking all black people and parents! When the Philly cop lie and said he was shot by a black man with cornrolls. The lowlife was able to resign with know jail time or discipline from Mayor Nutter…The cops parent were not blame for his behavior!
    Again I’m against Flash Mobs but I’m also against police brutality!

  3. On August 20, 2011 at 5:48 PM Tyrone responded with... #

    STOPPING FLASH MOB & GROUP ATTACKS.

    If you listen to me “Flash Mobs”OR Group Attacks will be stopped and or deterred! First make it illegal for any store to operate without video cameras. From the mom & pop to the big big stores! FIRST:

    1. If a cop capture any one of the participants in the Flash Mob 0r Group Attackers). That person will be charge a thousand dollars for each of the other participants plus his or herself!

    2. The only way the person capture can reduce their fine is by identifying other participant in the “Flash Mob“..or Group Attackers!

    3. The videotape of the “Flash Mob be shown daily on every news channel until all are capture!

    4. If someone from the public identify a “Flash Mob” participant. That person would be paid two thousand dollar by the person he or she identify! Plus a $1,000 to the store violated!

    5. NO jail time if the Flash Mob” “or Group Attackers participant DO NOT have a weapon…Instead the participant if not in school must get a high school diploma. If he or she has one they must get a college degree two or four year degree. Then paid their fines!

    6. If they drop out there fine must be paid in 6 months…..if not paid….. 5 days in jail then another 6 month to paid and another $1,000…repeat until paid! Plus they must wear the yellow uniform!
    7. Any violation during sentence will result in repeating sentence and double fines!

    NOTE” Create a web page and publish the partcipants picture and their static…Whether they been capture or still at large! The Department of Correction must create a uniform program. Where Flash Mob & Group Attackers are sentence to wear a yellow uniform for the amount of time sentence or until fines are paid. These uniform will be wore everyday! The uniform will state the crime the participant is sentence to! It would also have the inmates number. Law Enforcement must learn that jail and prison is not a solution to all criminal acts! Matter of fact in my opinion jail and prison create a better criminal and the public pays many times over! First the public pays by the crime…Then by placing the criminal in jail or prison.. The public pay with there taxes! Then by having a criminal record the criminal can’t get a job…So the public taxes pay by way of welfare or more criminal activity! Politician must draft laws that protect Americans citizen.

  4. On August 20, 2011 at 5:49 PM Tyrone responded with... #

    GANGS IN AMERICA HOW TO STOP THEM……..YELLOW UNIFORMS

    I have a plan to stop gangs in America! LET THEM ELIMINATE THEIRSELVE! This is HOW:

    When a American is arrested and identify as a gang member of a non violent crime! He or she will be sentence to a yellow uniform for 18 months.
    The gang member would be jailed for five days. During those five days the Department of Correction will show a video on how to live in yellow uniform.
    During the time sentence to the uniform if the inmate violate. The sentence starts over plus the time started
    The inmate must be issue a ID card and must have it on his or her person at all times!
    The inmate IS NOT allowed to wear any jewelry (religious or not) makeup fake hair or hair extensions! While sentence to yellow uniform!

    GANG MEMBER ARRESTED AND CHARGE WITH A VIOLENT CRIME

    When a American is arrested and identify as a gang member of a violent crime! He or she will be sentence to a yellow uniform.
    Ones inside prison the female or male inmate will be shave bald and must maintain the bald head the entire sentence!
    The inmate IS NOT allowed to wear any jewelry (religious or not) makeup fake hair or hair extensions!
    The inmate must be issue a ID card and must have it on his or her person at all times!
    The inmate must be issue flip flops the must be wore in the institution. A pair of sneakers and boots will also be issue…ALL IN YELLOW!

    NOTE: Ones the Department of Correction adopts the YELLOW UNIFORM SYSTEM …(YUS)! Gangs member will eliminate theirselves. THIS IS HOW: The DOC will adopt a number system. The inmate will start of with 500 points

  5. On August 20, 2011 at 9:48 PM admin responded with... #

    Tyrone…
    Thank you for the comments, and lengthy comments as well. Since I have just read all of them, and since they are all on the same post, I’ll just respond to all of them in this reply.
    The fact that there is still plenty of racism in America is very disturbing, as you mentioned. We, here at Defense Actions, agree with you on the issue of unbalanced public officials and law makers. It is truly sad and troubling. It is very apparent that Philly and other major cities, still have too many issues to list here.
    We are thrilled to have your opinion on this site about Flash Mobs and the unruly behavior involved with some of these mobs as of late. Thank heavens there are still people, like yourself, who care enough to speak out. Racial violence should not be tolerated in any degree. Education is the key, but as we all know, people will be people every day of the week. Its sad really, because if you think about it, the most horrible things we have ever seen on this earth, the worst murders, the most horrific acts of destruction, the most appalling and sickening events from the dawn of time, were all committed by humans….HOWEVER…the most amazing feats, the most incredible stories of heroics and the most inspired acts of love and kindness, the most noble and hopeful inventions on this earth…were also accomplished by humans. So we certainly have both ends of the spectrum on this planet of ours.
    Thanks again for the comments, we hope you have enjoyed the information on this blog, and hope you read more and learn more from the amazing amount of experience contained herein.
    Keep up the good work Tyrone, stay safe, be smart and watch your six often…
    From one sheepdog to another…
    Damon ;)

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