Cleveland rapper 'Machine Gun Kelly' starts a flash mob at Strongsville mall Saturday

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio - The Cleveland rapper known as "Machine Gun Kelly" started a flash mob at Strongsville Mall Saturday afternoon, ending with video of him in handcuffs.

The 21-year-old rapper, who's real name is Colson Baker, used Twitter [ @MachineGunKelly ] to encourage people to dress up in costumes and start a flash mob at 5 p.m. in Strongsville mall.

At about 6 p.m. the rapper's fans were posting video and pictures on Twitter and Facebook of his arrest.

The Strongsville Police Department issued a statement saying they received a tip about the flash mob happening and, "As the event began, the group was asked by mall management not to stand on a table. The table was located adjacent to a railing of the second floor food court. Upon failing to comply, the group was removed from the mall and charged with minor misdemeanor disorderly conduct."

After getting released from jail, Baker posted a video on his YouTube page, where he said the flash mob "was the first appearance we've done in Ohio since announced a major label deal, and it was kind of a chance to show all the kids that we really care about them."

Last Wednesday Cleveland city council upheld Mayor Frank Jackson's veto on a measure to ban flash mobs.

The measure would have made it a crime to use social media or cell phones to pull together a flash mob crowd.

Backers of the proposal said they wanted to stop sudden, violent gatherings. But the American Civil Liberties Union warned such a law would be unconstitutional.

Click here to watch the video on YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAewuHTOLkE

Click here to watch another video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUfpYV1iOCA

Click here to see Machine Gun Kelly's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/machinegunkellymusic

Baker is expected in court Thursday on the charges.

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