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Flash Mob at Westfield SouthPark Broken Up by Police

Rapper Machine Gun Kelly allegedly organized event

A flash mob at was stopped as it began Saturday after mall management told the group not to stand on a table.

A news release from Strongsville police said they learned about a flash mob set for 5 p.m. at the mall and organized by Cleveland rapper Machine Gun Kelly.

Someone identifying himself as Machine Gun Kelly posted messages on Twitter about the planned flash mob in the last few days.

But police said members of the group stood on a table near the railing in the second-floor food court. Mall management asked them them get down, and when they did not comply, the group was removed from the mall.

Several people were charged with disorderly conduct, a minor misdemeanor, the press release said.

There is video of someone who appears to be Machine Gun Kelly, whose real name is Colson Baker, being led out of the mall in handcuffs. The video also shows a scuffle between a man and mall security, and a crowd of people yelling.

Here is the link to the You Tube video. 

The rapper's fans have posted comments about the incident on his Facebook page.

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Sarah Mills August 21, 2011 at 02:50 AM
thats ma boy <3
John W August 21, 2011 at 07:59 AM
These Punks Need To Be Put In Jail! They all need to be taught a lesson. Because we in this country cannot and will not tolerate this type of behavior from this type of gutter trash in this city or anywhere else in the Greater Cleveland Area. This needs to be delt with an Iron Fist and nothing else. 500 to 1000 hours of community service at the least and probably more!
Christine Taylor August 21, 2011 at 03:04 PM
John, you are right. Southpark is a nice mall, and now the elderly and families might be afraid to go there for fear of something like this happening that could result in bodily harm. These "people" who participated in this ARE punks and gutter trash, as you say, as well as being major cowards. They should pick on people of their own kind, not mall-goers. These jerks truly need someone to come down on them. Mall Security and the Police did a great job!
Jeff August 21, 2011 at 03:55 PM
I hear ya Christine. The Ghetto comes to Strongsville! Hopefully we won't see this again any time soon around here. P.S. How are things at Galley? E-mail me. viper85730@aol.com
Theresa Fleming August 22, 2011 at 01:50 AM
Freedom may be a right, but it is also a responsibility. Kids who participated in the Strongsville Flash Mob need to have their cell phones. Because cell phones are a privilege, not a right. Kids, along with adults, do NOT have a right to create flash mobs, run through the mall, and frighten & intimidate others, especially small children and the elderly. This type of behavior is wrong on every level and the kids involved need consequences. For the more we allow it, the more kids, even good kids, will follow... Strongsville is my home town, and we love it. Although anyone watching this video would think that Strongsville is not a good place to raise kids, it is! It always has been. People in Strongsville realy care about their families and each other. Faith really means something, and not just on Sundays. And although we had to move away for work for awhile, we plan to return, because it's home. As Moms, we love our children and it's tempting, very tempting to convince ourselves that since no one was hurt, and we hope nothing was stolen, that this flash mob wasn't "that bad", nor that dangerous. This time, the kids involved were lucky, next time they may not be so fortunate. Because it only takes one kid to turn it from a peaceful mob to a violent one. And the child that gets hurt may be our own. We need to say NO MORE, not only for the well being of our communities, but for our children as well. Theresa Fleming Director of Moms For America
Barbara August 22, 2011 at 03:48 PM
If you don't care about the damage done to others (which seems to be the case) then "people" who participate in flash mob activity need to care about the damage done to their future when colleges and future employers look up the You Tube videos and the nonsense posted on Facebook and Twitter. You'll "get real" then!

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