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“Fight Mobs” Initiated Through Social Media

Kevin Killeen (@KMOXKilleen)
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – One minute, nobody’s there.

The next, dozens of young men show up, belting it out with each other.

To anticipate the next “Fight Mob,” St. Louis police are going online.

Commander of the North Patrol Division Major Ronnie Robinson says it’s like Fight Club meets Twitter. Rival groups schedule big fights for sport.

“They can respond to an area through a text, or through Twitter or Facebook in the hundreds and commit havoc on the community,” Robinson says.

He says they may go down to the Loop, Forest Park or downtown. He’s predicting this summer is going to be very challenging for them. Robinson adds that wherever they go, they need to know about it and be there before it takes place.

“Violence is a priority for us right now because we do have a lot of individuals out there this summer, as it gets warmer, becoming more active out on the streets,” Robinson says. “We have to follow these shootings and try to stop any shootings that have the potential for retaliatory shootings.”

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