We at SBPDL have always pictured a true mob brandishing pitchforks and torches chasing a terrorizing monster through the thick wilderness, finally cornering said beast in an abandoned, dilapidated castle.
However, Black people in Philadelphia find the notion of the "wisdom of crowds" to be a strong ally of Flash Mobs, as yet another cast of hundreds of Black people decided to riot spontaneously in the City of Brotherly Love.
Last time, it was errant snow balls that set off Black people and caused a riot that overtook a mall, scaring patrons and prompting store managers to get on the PA and ask, "Will all the Black people please leave the store," but unlike the Wal-Mart situation, with good cause for the request for a full racial dismissal.
Yet again, a Flash Mob of Black people turned Philadelphia into Haiti:
Philadelphia Police are searching for suspects in involved in at least two assaults during a massive flash mob on South Street over the weekend.It's not always sunny in Philadelphia and for the second time in three months a mob of Black sans pitchforks gathered together to have a flashing good time.
Surveillance video shows hundreds of people invading the intersection of 8th and South Streets, filling the street and surrounding a vehicle at about 9 p.m. Saturday.
Two blocks away, Olympia Pizza employee Seth Kaufman said he was beaten by a crowd attempting to enter the store.
"40 to 50 punches I took. 20 kicks. I just stood my ground as best I could and fought them off," Kaufman said.
Kaufman and restaurant operator Paul Psihogios were trying to keep the unruly crowd from entering the business.
"I'm just trying to hold off the crowd, hold the door," said Psihogios.
At 15th and South Street, a 27-year-old woman was brutally attacked after being surrounded by scores of people.
"She had a broken nose and they knocked out two teeth," said Good Samaritan Rick Almeid, who aided the victim. "She was just an innocent young girl."
Police eventually pushed the crowd up South Street and onto on to Broad Street, yelling that once curfew passed, they'd start loading up buses.
Authorities say they got word through text messages that a flash mob might be forming and quickly deployed.
Three males were arrested on unrelated incidents, including 18-year-old Parrish Kendall.
No arrests have been made in the beatings.
Police say they vow not to allow these incidents to repeat.
"We're going to be stern, we're going to be swift and to be honest with you, we're going to do what we have to do to protect the city," said Deputy Police Commissioner Richard Ross.
No major damage was reported during this latest flash mob incident.
No errant snow balls caused this party though, but hundreds of Black people gathering together spells trouble as no block party in Black history has ever gone off swimmingly.