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Feigenholtz-Sponsored Measure Targets Violent Flash Mobs

The Lincoln Park and Lake View representative is looking to tighten the laws on organizing dangerous mobs via social media.

To deter violent “flash mobs,” state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) is co-sponsoring a measure to toughen penalties for perpetrators using electronic communications and social media to organize violent mobs.

“The combination of warm weather, longer days, and more people visiting our city creates the prime conditions for increased crime,” said Feigenholtz. “Violent flash mobs are an issue our communities, neighbors, and tourists have dealt with for the past several summers.”

In “flash mob” attacks, large groups of people, typically youth, assemble and create chaos, beat and mug pedestrians, and otherwise create a disturbance with or without violence. These mobs are an ongoing public safety issue in downtown Chicago, Near North neighborhoods, and along popular tourist thoroughfares. In most of these mobs, youth use social media to determine and notify others of the mob’s scheduled time and location.

Senate Bill 1005 targets these violent flash mobs by allowing the courts to impose extended sentences for anyone convicted of using electronic communication, such as Facebook, Twitter, and other forms of social media, to commit mob action or solicit others to participate in these crimes. 

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“Law enforcement is doing everything they can to keep these attacks from happening and bring the perpetrators to justice, and this measure will give them another means of deterring this violent activity,” Feigenholtz said. “Giving the courts the flexibility to impose an extended sentence term will ensure that we can prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law and disband the core organizers of these groups engaging in this kind of reckless criminal activity.”

For more information, contact Feigenholtz’s constituent services office at (773) 296-4141 or sara@staterepsara.com.

Grumpy Old Man May 10, 2013 at 03:17 PM
I fully agree. I just hope that the bill is carefully structured to ensure that it is not susceptible to constitutonal challenge.
Grumpy Old Man May 10, 2013 at 03:28 PM
The standard which must be met is contained in the U. S. Supreme Court's decision in Brandenberg v. Ohio. The link from Wikipedia is below: http://www.ask.com/wiki/Brandenburg_v._Ohio?o=2801&qsrc=999 I had quoted a section of the wikipedia article, which is from the court's opinion without attribution in a post which I think didn't take, but if it shows up then, here is the site and attribution to which that post omitted.
The Truth May 10, 2013 at 09:36 PM
Oh right. This will blow over like a led balloon on the liberal lakefront. Tips must really be down. And what does she have up her sleeve to control "social media" and electronic communication? Stage a march or something? A beer summit? Another charity event? A cinnamon bun fest? Great advertising.
The Truth May 11, 2013 at 05:39 AM
And she looks MUCH more feminine and MUCH, MUCH younger on her ad/picture viewable from the Addison Red Line platform than the one here. Definitely needs some "touch-ups". Hey, I remembered the name anyway. Had enough of the politics yet Chicago?
The Truth May 11, 2013 at 05:43 AM
You could skip all the paperwork, agendas, tax dollars and charities wasted on these politicians, let your police do their jobs, throw PC in the lake and just arrest any group of black men walking in a group of more than 2 and be done with it. Anyway, she looks really, really stressed trying to hold-up liberalism and PC in this picture. The camera never lies.

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