Flash mobs that lead to violence and property destruction are a legitimate concern for governments. But is arresting someone for planning water pistol fight going too far?
In a post on the Essex police website titled "Police reassure residents they are working to keep county safe," Essex law enforcement reported that the unnamed 20-year-old allegedly used his BlackBerry to encourage Colchester residents to gather for a city-wide bout of water-flinging. He was released on bail and is scheduled to appear in court on September 1.
The arrest comes a week after several cities in England were rocked by widespread rioting, looting, and arson, much of which appears to have been organized via instant messaging and other social media platforms. Unlike other counties, Essex has not seen any large-scale unrest.