PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The mayor of Philadelphia, as well as the district attorney and police commissioner, make a pledge to mimic the city’s dangerous driving stunts Videos have surfaced of drivers doing donuts in front of City Hall.
The videos surfaced this weekend, showing hundreds of people watching what authorities called “reckless” stunts.
Mayor Jim Kenney, District Attorney Larry Krasner and Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw issued a joint statement Tuesday that reads in part:
“Saturday night, hundreds of people gathered in the streets just next to City Hall to watch or participate in activities that were incredibly reckless and unnecessarily endangered. We strongly condemn the careless actions of these individuals, including setting off fireworks, blocking roads and performing dangerous stunts with their vehicles. Just last year we saw the highest number of road deaths ever recorded due to speeding and not being able to control and react to their car. These irresponsible activities endanger the public for serious harm and cannot and will not be tolerated anywhere in Philadelphia.”
Police said about 200 people attended one of the gatherings. No injuries were reported and no arrests were initially made over the weekend.
The statement went on to describe the stunts as an ongoing problem, adding:[T]The Philadelphia Police Department has continuously deployed personnel to address this recurring problem. These events hamper efforts to combat violence in our neighborhoods, as police are forced to activate and break up these dangerous gatherings, rather than remain focused on preventing violence in our most vulnerable and at-risk neighborhoods.”
Anyone with information about these incidents should call 215-686-TIPS (8477).