Cleveland: Councilman seeks 'flash mob' law

3:54 PM, Jul 20, 2011   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Teenagers used social media to bring crowds that caused unruly behavior in Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights and other cities.

Now Cleveland Councilman Zachary Reed is proposing legislation prohibiting the improper use of social media to violate ordinances on disorderly conduct, public intoxication and unlawful congregation by promoting illegal flash mob activity.

"We have seen recent incidents in Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights where social media was purposely used to cause disruption and chaos at community events.  There are a number of larger festivals in Cleveland this summer. These events are meant to showcase the good taking place across our city. We will not tolerate those who wish to disrupt these events through flash mob activity.

The law would make using social media to induce other crimes a minor misdemeanor.

Council was set to vote on this at their July 20 summer meeting.

Council members Brian Cummins, Jeff Johnson, Joe Cimperman and Kevin Conwell are co-sponsors of the measure.

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