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Chicago's top cop vows to hunt down 'flash mob'

McCarthy: 'We're gonna find every one of 'em'

Editor’s Note: It has long been the contention of some observers that ‘flash mobs’ involving relatively innocuous activities such as pillow fights and line dancing are potentially precursor to much more insidious events. Given the situations described in the below article, it would appear that law enforcement will have to contemplate an escalation in the activities of such ‘mobs.’ As we have seen during the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ these past few months, whole revolutions can be managed via Twitter. What do you see on the horizon in this arena? Post your comments below.

By Fran Spielman and Kim Janssen
Chicago Sun-Times

CHICAGO — Acting Police Supt. Garry McCarthy vowed Monday to hunt down every last thug responsible for so-called "flash mob" incidents over the weekend and throw the book at them to get a handle on a problem that's damaging the reputation of downtown Chicago as a safe place to live, work, play and shop.

Speaking as five teens made their first appearances in court in connection with a string of five robberies - four within a 10-minute span - in Streeterville Saturday, McCarthy said police had made "in excess of 20 arrests" connected to flash mobs over the weekend.

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