All the elements are in place.
The heartland of America will be center-stage for some sort of conflagration in the summer of 2016.
This article is proof of it. [Indy's new approach for a teen 'riot': Fueled by social media, and not having much else to do, hundreds of teens flock Downtown on weekends., Indy Star, April 18, 2016]:
A flier posted to Twitter in February garnered 4,000 responses, flinging it onto the phones and computer screens of hundreds of Indianapolis teenagers. At the top, in a bright purple type, all-caps and adorned with two devil emojis, was the word “RIOT.”
The place: Circle Centre mall.
Time: 7 p.m. to whenever.
And the reason? “Since Skateland closed for 2 Saturdays.”
That caught the attention of law enforcement.
Fueled by social media, and not having much else to do, hundreds of teenagers flock to Circle Centre mall and other Downtown locations on the weekends.
Most of the teenagers have no intention of causing trouble. They want to socialize, eat at the food court and play arcade games. Yet in the past, such large-scale gatherings have led to violence, fights and, in a few cases, fatal shootings.
That presents a dilemma for local law enforcement: How do police control the crowds and keep everyone safe without infringing on the teens’ rights to enjoy one another's company in public spaces Downtown?
In the past, police have stepped up patrols Downtown on weekends. Mall security guards have tried breaking up larger groups of teens. Some city officials in 2014 proposed moving up the city's curfew for older teens from 1 a.m. to 11 p.m., but the measure didn't pass.
Now, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is partnering with local clergy members to employ a new strategy.
The clergy members patrol Circle Centre mall and the Downtown Canal area to engage with teenagers in the hope of preventing problems. As the weather grows warmer, the clergy members will patrol most weekends, as they expect crowds to increase in the summer months.
The idea is to keep the police presence minimal and the vibe friendly. Coordinated by David Hampton, deputy mayor for neighborhood engagement, clergy
members patrolled the mall Feb. 27, the date of the proposed gathering on the flier.
Somewhere between 300 and 500 teenagers showed up, police said, but there was no riot. In fact, there were no public safety incidents of any kind.
“We don’t want to be in the position of stifling teens from being teens,” said Hampton, who also is pastor of Light of the World Christian Church. “But we do want them to be safe.”
It starts onlineIn the past, Hampton said, teens would just find fliers for parties in their mailboxes. Now, news of most large teen gatherings are spread wildly across social media platforms, reaching thousands very quickly.
Within minutes, an event that may have started as a harmless night out for teens can snowball into a mix of combustible elements.
IMPD Sgt. William Carter, an officer in the Nuisance and Abatement Unit, said youth-targeted parties or gatherings advertised on social media strip attendees and organizers of one crucial element: control.
"You don’t know who might show up, or what kind of history they might have with someone else who might show up at the party,” Carter said. “You don’t know how many people are coming, or who they’ve told, or if they’re going to bring weapons with them. … There are just so many different factors that you have no control over once you put something online.”
Police encounter teen crowds not only at the mall, but also at large parties in other locations, such as hotels. Young party promoters who throw pay-to-enter events are drawn by the allure of quick cash and little risk. Thanks to social media's ability to draw such large crowds, they can make enough money to pay fines if a party is shut down early and still turn a profit.The Great Society has birthed an army with only goal: destroy the civilization white people long ago built, and harass their descendants who no longer have the helping hands of Jim Crow to protect them.