LBPD Prepared For Potential Bash Mob Event

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Long Beach Police Department. Photo by Barbara Holbrook, Everything Long Beach

On July 9th at about 8:00 p.m., well over 100 individuals decided to participate in a “Bash Mob” in the Pike and City Place area of our downtown. A “Bash Mob” is a planned, sudden assembly of individuals who attack innocent people and businesses by committing thefts, property damage, and assaults. Once these crimes are committed, the individuals flee the area. “Bash Mobs” have been seen throughout the nation and are a cause for great concern. Many people do not realize the mere participation in such an event can result in felony charges including conspiracy, and are punishable by imprisonment in the state prison.

Detectives conducted follow up after the July 9th crimes and learned about another planned event by the same group of individuals. This is scheduled to take place on Friday, July 19, 2013, beginning at 2:00 p.m. The Long Beach Police Department takes this issue very seriously and will be prepared to arrest anyone whose intent is to commit criminal acts.

We will continue to support everyone’s right to free speech and assembly. However, the police must also protect the safety of those victims targeted by these “Bash Mobs.” Technology will be utilized to help identify and arrest those who chose to act irresponsibly.

The community is reminded that if you “See Something – Say Something.” Anyone with information about these types of incidents or other criminal activity is urged to call 9-1-1 or to remain anonymous visit

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