Take part in a violent mob action and you could go to jail. Organize that mob action on Facebook and you could go to jail longer. That’s the point of legislation that overwhelmingly passed the General Assembly this week.
It would allow prosecutors to seek enhanced penalties for people who use Facebook, Twitter or other social sites to recruit people to take part in violent “flash mobs.”
The bill is in response to incidents in which groups of people descended on locations in Chicago to rob or attack others. The bill now goes to Governor Pat Quinn.