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City To Release Plan Of Attack Monday At NoonPHILADELPHIA - Mayor Michael Nutter blasted violent teen mobs over the weekend while preparing to lay out Monday morning his plan to crack down on them.
It's a plan the mayor says might not sit well with everyone.
"Parents, get your act together. Get it together. Get it together right now," Nutter said.
And to those who took part in the incidents, the mayor said, "Stop it. Cut it out. We've had enough of this nonsense going on."
We have been covering this story closely for you from the start. Fox 29's Sean Tobin reported on the harsh words Nutter had Sunday about the kids and their parents.
The mayor, back from vacation, was speaking for the first time publicly about the most recent violent mob attacks that happened a little over a week ago in Center City involving 20 to 30 kids – one of them as young as 11-years-old – descended on Center City near South Broad and Walnut streets, punching, beating and robbing innocent bystanders.
One man was so badly beaten that he landed in a hospital with a fractured skull.
Nutter gave a very raw speech to his congregation Sunday morning from the pulpit at the Mount Carmel Baptist Church on the 5700 block of Race Street.
"Parents, you need to step up – before we have to step to you," Nutter said.
During the emotional remarks, the mayor set the tone for Monday's news conference, acknowledging that what he was about to say was not "politically correct" or what parents wanted to hear. But he said it's what they needed to hear.
"The Immaculate Conception of our Lord Jesus Christ took place a long time ago, and it didn't happen here in Philadelphia," Nutter said. "So every one of these kids has two parents who were around and participating at the time. They need to be around now."
The mayor later added, "Parents who neglect their children, who don't know where they are, who don't know what they're doing, who don't know who they're hanging out with, you're going to find yourself spending some quality time with your kids in jail."
"If you're just hanging out out there, maybe you're sending them a check or bringing some cash by, that's not being a father. You're just a human ATM. … And if you're not providing the guidance and your not sending any money, you're just a sperm donor."
The city has been reeling and finding itself repeatedly plunged into a police state on and off for the better part of the past year.
But, on this day, the mayor let loose on the young hoodlums now giving the city a national eyesore.
"Take those God darn hoodies down, especially in the summer. Pull your pants up and buy a belt 'cause no one wants to see your underwear or the crack of your butt. Nobody," Nutter shouted as the crowd applauded.
He continued, "If you walk into somebody's office with your hair uncombed and a pick in the back, and your shoes untied, and your pants half down, tattoos up and down your arms and on your neck, and you wonder why somebody won't hire you? They don't hire you 'cause you look like you're crazy!"
Nutter didn't elaborate on many specifics of his plan but said those details will be publicly announced Monday at noon.
Social service agencies will be more involved, the District Attorney's Office will be more involved, and the courts will be more involved.
When Nutter speaks at noon, we will bring it to you live on air and online.