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FIGHTS—With hundreds of youth Downtown, fights broke all over. Pictured above, several fights in the same area with people running to them instead of away. (Photos by J.L. Martello)

FIGHTS—With hundreds of youth Downtown, fights broke out all over last weekend. Pictured above, several fights in the same area with people running to them instead of away. (Photos by J.L. Martello)

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Pittsburgh’s mayor says the city is increasing police patrols and bringing back an advisory council in order to prevent violence among rowdy teens.

Police made more than a half dozen arrests after several groups of youths gathered Sunday night in Pittsburgh, the final day of a popular regatta event.

Witnesses say the teens stopped traffic, jumped on vehicles and knocked into bystanders.

Mayor Bill Peduto says police believe the youths used social media to track the whereabouts of others they were looking for and to start fights.

Peduto says along with increased patrols, police also plan to monitor social media and prepare for possible violence.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports (http://bit.ly/2bfLl32 ) a council of community leaders will also be brought back to try to curb teen crime and violence.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.com

 

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