On Saturday, over 400 Chicago teenagers flooded the Finley Armed Forces Carnival, which was held in suburban Tinley Park, as part of what they called a "flash mob."
Fox News reports this "flash mob" was the result of a post that was put out on social media calling for the youth to "cause chaos and disrupt the event" according to town officials. The carnival took place at the 80th Avenue train station and the teenagers arrived only to cause bedlam and start fights which eventually led to the event's cancellation.
On Sunday, the village posted to their Facebook that the event was "canceled due to safety concerns stemming from a flash mob incident at Saturday’s event."
Arab Chicago posted video of the violence to Twitter and wrote "A thread from last night chaotic scene at the Tinley Park Carnival: A place where families supposed to have fun with their kids!!"
Video shows teenagers getting attacked and jumped, various brawls including some with police, random running as well as teens jumping on cars.
One Tinley Park police officer tried to break up a fight and was injured, reports Fox. He was taken to a local hospital and later released.
Five teenagers were given citations for fighting in public, but the majority were never detained or released into their parents' custody.
Speaking to local news, Michael Salerno of Windy City Amusements said, "The kids were just acting a fool. It’s a shame. Everyone was enjoying themselves."
The Armed Forces Carnival is typically a three-day event that is designed to raise money for local charities and is known for having families come out for the festivities.Chicago's total crime overall rose 37 percent in 2022 and had a total of 695 homicides, which was down from 804 murders in 2021, although. Theft, burglary, and robbery crimes have all increased since 2021. The city has seen a dramatic rise in violent crime since 2020 with a 100 percent increase in fatal shootings between 2020 and 2021.
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