More than 500 teens in a “flash mob” confronted Philadelphia police officers in a disgusting display but not a single person was arrested despite objects being thrown at officers, CBS Local reports.
Police say officers found a large crowd of teens between the ages of 12 and 17 at 6 pm Sunday.
Police say glass bottles were thrown at officers.
Video of the incident shows teens surround officers, taunt them, and jump on top of their police cruisers.
CBS reports that “police commanders made the decision not to make any arrests, as to not escalate the situation.”
“There’s no reported injuries to police, no reported arrests, and there’s no reported injuries to civilians at this time,” Capt. Drew Techner with Philadelphia Police said. “We closed the Lonnie Young Rec Center for the night after all of this. We’re concerned all the juveniles may re-gather in the same location that they started out. We for their own safety want them home.”
More, via CBS:
Techner also has a message for those responsible for all the young people gathered in Germantown Sunday night.
“Parents need to be aware that when they’re sending their juveniles out,” Techner said. “I know it’s nice to get the fresh air, and be out with their friends on a summer night. But parents have to be aware of what their kids are doing, who they are with, and what they’re getting involved in. They need to be home at a decent hour.”