New LAPD Unit To Monitor Social Networks In ‘Flash Robs’ Crackdown

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — They seem to be popping up everywhere lately: mass gatherings known as “flash mobs” that are organized via social networking sites to perform acts of entertainment, dancing or other artistic expression.

But as KNX 1070’s John Brooks reports, the LAPD wants to put a stop to any violent or criminal elements that may turn a public gathering into an unlawful assembly.

“This is all new,” said LAPD Officer Lyle Knight. “With social media, it’s evolving, and we try to evolve with the upcoming technology.”

The department’s newly-launched Internet Unit wants to head off any potential “flash robs” by using public domain searches like Google, Bing and other sites to determine if there is a risk of criminal activity.

“People will gather at a 7-11 or a department store and it could be 50 to hundreds of people and they just go in there and take what they can,” said Knight.

Not only does the Internet Unit search online for possible illegal activity, but it also relies on tips from the public.

Back on July 28, traffic on and around Hollywood Boulevard was disrupted as hundreds of fans gathered in a “flash mob” to watch an impromptu performance from DJ Kaskade. Police were ultimately called in to disperse the crowd.

Comments

One Comment

  1. Bubba Rae Dudley says:

    Flash Rob?

    1. Ransomlb says:

      Yes, poorly tied headline but they do address “Flash Rob” – “People will gather at a 7-11 or a department store and it could be 50 to hundreds of people and they just go in there and take what they can,” said Knight.

      Please read the article a little more thoroughly before commenting.

      1. Jeezus says:

        you’re a dipstick-flash robs doesn’t even make sense and is just a dumb name. Flash mobs that rob makes sense. But hey, you can have this one-good on you. You did well, kid.

  2. Calgal says:

    My sentiments exactly Bubba! I guess no one proofreads anymore.

    1. Jeezus says:

      but twice even!

      in the heading even. R’s not even close to M even.

      Flash Rob and see what happens to you-you’ll get your a** kicked.

      1. Ransomlb says:

        Flash Rob and see what happens to you-you’ll get your a** kicked.

        What does that mean? Have you never heard of Flash Mobs that rob? It is not a new thing, so please give the reporter a little credit for giving their readers the benefit of the doubt of putting two and two together. I knew what they were talking about.

        And like I just said above, read the article before commenting and don’t be a DRONE!!!

      2. Jeezus says:

        what are you an anti drone cop? I’ve never heard of flash rob -heard of flash mobs that rob though. My comment was referring to a person named Rob who doesn’t like being flashed.

        ps:you’re a bigger dork than me for your comment.

      3. Jeezus says:

        and pps: Go F yourself if you’re not already doing so.

  3. Bubba Rae Dudley says:

    Embarrassing.

  4. Jeezus says:

    maybe this was the start of the investigation. Get people to comment on the article by putting a blaring spelling error and then start tracking commenters accordingly.

  5. Brook Spencer says:

    To those who did not let the story sink in Yes flash ROB what they wrote was people are Flash Robbing Stores such as 7-11 as well as dept Stores.
    But it is okay to think they just spelled it wrong due to the amount of errors in so many stories these days.

  6. Bubba Rae Dudley says:

    Wow, now I’m embarrassed, should have read the whole story…

  7. c-man says:

    Police should be allowed to shoot to kill these worthless losers. Then see how quick this nonsense will stop.

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