Police cars damaged as unruly crowds mass in Philly

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Post by NHGF [Feed] » Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:00 pm

By Joseph A. Gambardello The Philadelphia Inquirer PHILADELPHIA — Apparently responding to a social media messages, hundreds of teenagers and young adults massed in North Philadelphia late Sunday and some in the roving crowds turned unruly, damaging at least six police cars. No arrests and no injuries were reported after the crowds dispersed early Monday. Police Commissioner Richard Ross told reporters are Police Headquarters Monday morning that 600 to 800 people gathered in the area of Sydenham and Jefferson Streets about 11:30 p.m. and that most in the crowds were peaceful. 4 @phillypolice cars damaged after 800-1000 young ppl gathered near Sydenham & Jefferson in #NorthPhilly just before 11:30pm Sun. No arrests, injuries or damage to businesses. Police are looking for surveillance video to ID vandals. Instagram post of “free party” prompted crowds. pic.twitter.com/HHYvmRVatH — Trang Do (@TrangDoCBS3) July 1, 2019 Still, some blocked intersections and others damaged patrol cars after police moved in to disperse the crowds. Police said at least six police cars sustained damage, including smashed windshields, dented hoods, trunks and roofs and ripped out door mirrors. “We don’t know why they gathered. We don’t know whether there was a party," Chief Inspector Joel Dales told reporters at the scene Sunday night. "We have no information whatsoever giving us a warning that these kids were going to gather out here.” Ross said Monday morning that it appeared word of a large cookout on Instagram triggered the mass gathering, 6ABC reported. ©2019 The Philadelphia Inquirer

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