Friday, June 24, 2016

Pride Weekend Survival Tips


Way back when CWB was just a little 3-month old with nearly 50 page views a day, we posted "STREET WISE: Our Suggestions For Pride Weekend."

Everything we said back in June 2013 still applies this year, so we're sharing the tips again.

In a nutshell: Have a good time, avoid Belmont, and leave before the fun goes sideways (as it inevitably will).

At All Times

• Stay with the herd. Walk with at least one other person. If possible, tag along with other groups. Wrigleyville and Boystown thugs operate just like the cheetahs on Animal Planet. Do not be the slowest gazelle.
• Carry as little cash as possible. If you can get by with your ID and one credit card, do it. Leave everything else behind.
• Avoid using your phone on the street. Look around before you take your phone out in public. Minimize the time your phone is exposed and stay alert when it is out.
• Do not get drunk. Okay, fine, we'll meet you half way. Do not drink to the point that your level of intoxication is apparent in the way you act. Swervy, stumbly people may as well scream "mug me."
• Do not engage strangers on the street. Keep walking. Do not stop to give someone a cigarette, a light, or a dollar.
• If things start to get even a little sketch, jet!

Today and tomorrow after sunset (Friday and Saturday)

• Leave the area by midnight. Take a taxi. 
• If you take the train, use the Addison L station. Do not use the Belmont station. 
• Avoid walking through large groups that are blocking the sidewalk. Go as far around as possible 
• Belmont Avenue is a NO GO ZONE between 11:00pm and 6:00am both nights. Stay at least a block away from it, no matter how many people are with you.

Sunday

• Enjoy the parade. Leave the area by 8:30pm 
• The parade's Diversey leg draws relatively thin crowds. It's a good place to go if you're looking for some space and less hassle. 
• On Sunday, Belmont Avenue is a NO GO ZONE after 8:30pm. Stay at least a block away from it, no matter how many people are with you.  (Update for 2016: Halsted south of Cornelia is on the cusp of earning NO GO ZONE status, too. Use your own best judgment.)
• If you take the train, use the Addison L station. Do not use the Belmont station.
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Pride Fest Arrestee Asks Cop "Can I Keep My Tazer? It's Crazy Out Here!"


Whoops! We we wrong—or perhaps just optimistic—when we reported Monday that seven people had been arrested during and in the aftermath of last weekend’s Pride Fest street festival in Boystown.

In fact, EIGHT people were arrested.

And, yet another video has emerged of Chicago police and Northalsted private security attempting to reign in widely-reported street fights that resulted in at least one stabbing.

Multiple stun guns can be heard zapping in he background of the latest video as the camera moves north on Halsted near Aldine last Sunday night.

“These are young kids!” one voice is heard saying as a group tends a young person on the ground nearby.

More Arrests, Weapons Charges

Coleman
In addition to the three arrests that CWB Chicago reported earlier this week, the following five persons have been charged with crimes during and after Pride Fest on Sunday:

• 21-year-old Renardo Coleman of the Grand Crossing neighborhood was arrested at Belmont and Halsted after police say they found him in possession of a BB gun with the orange safety tip removed to make it look like a real handgun. Coleman received a 2-day sentenced after he quickly pleaded guilty this week to possession of a replica firearm.

Simmons
• In the same car with Coleman was 21-year-old Alicia Simmons of the New City neighborhood. When she learned that Coleman was being arrested, Simmons allegedly asked police, “Can I keep my Tazer? I use it for protection. It’s crazy out here.” Officers recovered Simmons’ Tazer and then arrested her. She’s charged with unlawful use of a weapon.


Davis
• Justin Davis, 18, was arrested in the 3400 block of N. Halsted and is charged with reckless conduct. He’s from the Austin neighborhood.
Page

• 46-year-old Brian K. Page of the Near North Side was charged with assaulting an off-duty Chicago officer during one of the many disturbances at Halsted and Aldine late Sunday night.


Jackson
• Paris Jackson, 25, of Woodlawn is charged with two counts of battery after she allegedly hit a Halsted Street bar doorman in the face and then and then spit in the face of a Northalsted security officer who came to the doorman’s assistance.
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Thursday, June 23, 2016

POSTED: Wrigley Field Webcam Captures Audio Of Attack On Off-Duty Officer


As CWB Chicago reported exclusively yesterday, an off-duty police officer was knocked unconscious across from Wrigley Field early Tuesday when he intervened in a disturbance at Clark and Addison.

A man and a woman were taken into custody, but the primary offender—who allegedly went through the off-duty officer's pockets after knocking him unconscious—slipped away.

The entire incident unfolded beneath EarthCam's 24/7 Wrigley Field webcam. While the attack took place outside of the camera's eye, all of the audio was captured.

We have now posted an excerpt of the feed that was provided to us shortly after the attack.

A police source has confirmed that Area North detectives secured a copy of the webcam recording on Tuesday.

There is quite a bit of noise from traffic and a particularly annoying leaf blower that was being used inside of Wrigley Field, so we recommend using earbuds or headphones.

Here is a rough transcript of the clip:

Male: [unintelligible]…disrespecting me.

Girlfriend: Stop. Stop. He’s my boyfriend. Stop. Stop.

[Cross-talking]

Boyfriend: WHAT? Hey!

[Traffic noise / Unintelligible talking/yelling]

Boyfriend: What are you doing? Don’t do it! HEY! Watch out!

Girlfriend: Oh! Stop!

[Traffic noise / Unintelligible yelling]

Boyfriend: Oh fuck!

Girlfriend: Get off my man yo! Get off my man!

Boyfriend: Hey! Hey!

Girlfriend; Get off my man! Stop! Stop!

Officer: Off-duty police! Get off!

Girlfriend: What the fuck!

Officer: STOP! Off duty police! Get off! Get off! Off duty police!

Boyfriend: Who. Hey, hey. No! Hey Hey! Hey! Whoa whoa whoa.

[Off-duty officer is knocked unconscious]

Boyfriend: Oh my God! [Unintelligible]. I don’t give a fuck. [Horns honking / Unintelligible yelling and talking]

Unknown male 1: Daaaamn! Damn! Knocked the fuck out! Damn! That shit’s ratchet! Daaaamn!

[Cross-talking]

Unknown male 2: He knocked the po-po out.

Boyfriend: Oh! That’s a cop?

Unknown male 2: Yeah. He’s fucking knocked out.

Boyfriend: Hey! You OK? Hey! Hey? Are you OK?

Girlfriend: [Name withheld] Just go!

Unknown male 1: World Star!

Boyfriend: You OK? You OK?

Officer: Can you help me?

[Unintelligible / Traffic]

Girlfriend: That guy’s a fucking cop!

Boyfriend: I know. I know.

[Traffic noise]

Girlfriend: You ain’t helping nobody! Let’s go. He’s the police. You can’t help him. He’s the police! The police ain’t helping nobody!

[Cross-talking]

Girlfriend: Fuck him! He’s drunk! Let’s go! You fucked up right now! Fuck him, he’s the police. You fucked up right now!  Let’s go! Let’s go!

Boyfriend: God damn it! What the fuck is wrong with you?

Girlfriend: What the fuck you want to do for him [name withheld]?

Boyfriend: Help. Stay here until…help arrives! Look! Look at this! Look at this! What the fuck is wrong with you? You know what? You get the fuck out of my life! Fuck you!

Girlfriend: You are evil.

[Cross-talking. Approaching sirens. Police arrive.]

Boyfriend: He came to my aid. There were two guys. One was verbally hitting on my girlfriend and I was like “what are you doing.” One of these guys tried to jump on me and that’s when this guy who got hit got fucking blindsided.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Off-duty cop knocked out while intervening in Wrigleyville disturbance; "You can’t help him. He’s the police!"


An off-duty police officer who intervened in a disturbance is hospitalized this morning after being knocked unconscious by an offender who then went through his pockets as he lay on the corner of Clark and Addison early this morning.

Two people are in custody, but the primary offender remains at large, police said. The entire incident was captured on a Chicago Police Department pod camera at 12:41AM.

CWB Chicago has independently secured a recording of the attack that, incredibly, reveals that one of the people the cop tried to help repeatedly urged her boyfriend to leave the unconscious cop lying on the street:
"He’s the police," the woman says before first responders arrive. "You can’t help him. He’s the police! The police ain’t helping nobody!"
Based on our review of the recording, a disagreement develops on the street between a woman and a man who said that the woman’s boyfriend had “disrespected” him.  The boyfriend arrives on the corner and the situation quickly escalates. Soon, a voice can be heard repeatedly shouting “STOP! Off-duty police!”

About 15-seconds after the off-duty officer arrives, he is blindsided and knocked unconscious by a punch to the head. Video reviewed by CWB Chicago editors shows the intersection of Clark and Addison bustling with traffic at the time of the attack.

The driver of Yellow Taxi cab 4737 sits in his car on Addison staring directly at the commotion. Two other cabs are also seeng driving slowly past the intersection, but their vehicle numbers are not identifiable in the video.

Police detained two offenders in the 3400 block of N. Clark Street shortly after the incident and both were positively identified by witnesses. The main offender who punched the officer and then went through his pockets has not been found.

He is described as a black man wearing a black shirt with white pants and white shoes.

“He’s the police! You can’t help him!”

The recording reviewed by CWB Chicago shows that the girlfriend repeatedly tried to get her boyfriend to leave the scene and abandon the off-duty cop as he lie on the street. Here is a transcript:

Male: [unintelligible]…disrespecting me.

Girlfriend: Stop. Stop. He’s my boyfriend. Stop. Stop.

[Cross-talking]

Boyfriend: WHAT? Hey!

[Traffic noise / Unintelligible talking/yelling]

Boyfriend: What are you doing? Don’t do it! HEY! Watch out!

Girlfriend: Oh! Stop!

[Traffic noise / Unintelligible yelling]

Boyfriend: Oh fuck!

Girlfriend: Get off my man yo! Get off my man!

Boyfriend: Hey! Hey!

Girlfriend; Get off my man! Stop! Stop! 

Officer: Off-duty police! Get off! 

Girlfriend: What the fuck!

Officer: STOP! Off duty police! Get off! Get off! Off duty police!

Boyfriend: Who. Hey, hey. No! Hey Hey! Hey! Whoa whoa whoa.

[Off-duty officer is knocked unconscious]

Boyfriend: Oh my God! [Unintelligible]. I don’t give a fuck. [Horns honking / Unintelligible yelling and talking]

Unknown male 1: Daaaamn! Damn! Knocked the fuck out! Damn! That shit’s ratchet! Daaaamn!

[Cross-talking]

Unknown male 2: He knocked the po-po out.

Boyfriend: Oh! That’s a cop?

Unknown male 2: Yeah. He’s fucking knocked out.

Boyfriend: Hey! You OK? Hey! Hey? Are you OK?

Girlfriend: [Name withheld] Just go!

Unknown male 1: World Star!

Boyfriend: You OK? You OK?

Officer: Can you help me?

[Unintelligible / Traffic]

Girlfriend: That guy’s a fucking cop!

Boyfriend: I know. I know.

[Traffic noise]

Girlfriend: You ain’t helping nobody! Let’s go. He’s the police. You can’t help him. He’s the police! The police ain’t helping nobody!

[Cross-talking]

Girlfriend: Fuck him! He’s drunk! Let’s go! You fucked up right now! Fuck him, he’s the police. You fucked up right now!  Let’s go! Let’s go!

Boyfriend: God damn it! What the fuck is wrong with you?

Girlfriend: What the fuck you want to do for him [name withheld]?

Boyfriend: Help. Stay here until…help arrives! Look! Look at this! Look at this! What the fuck is wrong with you? You know what? You get the fuck out of my life! Fuck you!

Girlfriend: You are evil.

[Cross-talking. Approaching sirens. Police arrive.]

Boyfriend: He came to my aid. There were two guys. One was verbally hitting on my girlfriend and I was like “what are you doing.” One of these guys tried to jump on me and that’s when this guy who got hit got fucking blindsided.

Girlfriend: Let’s go.

Boyfriend: Let me be a good citizen, OK?
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Man Pistol-Whipped In Wrigleyville Armed Robbery; Second Incident At Southport Brown Line

Police are investigating two robberies that were reported in our area last night and early this morning.

Around 10 o'clock last night, a man was beaten in the face with a pistol by armed robbery offenders who took two iPhones from him in the 1000 block of W. Newport. The Cubs game had just entered its 9th inning less than two blocks away at Wrigley Field.

The victim, who sought help at the nearby Rice & Bread Korean restaurant, described the offenders as two black men in their late teens or early 20's. One had a goatee, stands about 5'8" tall, and appeared to have tattoos on his right forearm. The other man was armed with the handgun. He is about 5'10" tall and he wore a red shirt and possibly tan shorts.

Both offenders were last seen running westbound on Newport.

Southport Brown Line Incident

A CTA worker assigned to the Southport Brown Line station summoned police a little before 2 o'clock this morning after two men were seen fighting on the station's northbound platform.

Police later determined that one of the men had been robbed the other of a Galaxy S6 phone.

The offenderdescribed as a black man in his early 20's wearing a red shirt and yellow pantsfled the station before cops arrived.
Image: Wikipedia
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Monday, June 20, 2016

WILD ONE: Cross-Dressing, Daisy Duke-Wearing, Tazer-Armed Robbery Suspects Arrested On Packed Golf Course

McCovins (Chicago Police Dept)
A bizarre scene unfolded Sunday afternoon as Chicago police pursued a group of robbery suspects—some described as men dressed as women wearing Daisy Dukes—through the fairways of Sydney Marovitz Golf Course, according to witnesses.

Five people are facing a litany of charges after cops tackled them in a fairway following multiple reports of victims being Tazed and robbed by the group along the lakefront.

One of the suspects allegedly bit a SWAT team member and then claimed to have AIDS, police said.

Blackmon  (Chicago Police Dept)
The mayhem started near Montrose Beach when a man called 911 after allegedly being robbed by the group around 1PM yesterday.

Soon, a series of 911 calls came in to report a group of five females and males dressed as females threatening an ice cream vendor with a Tazer on the lakefront.

Goins  (Chicago Police Dept)
Cops eventually spotted the suspects near the lake at Irving Park Road.

Officers described a bizarre foot chase in the middle of the golf course, which was packed with duffers: “He’s wearing a pink hat and spandex” one officer screamed into his radio as the pursuit roared through fifth hole's 515-yard fairway

Cops caught up with the fabulous fivesome in the middle of the fourth hole fairway where a SWAT team member was bitten by the suspect who subsequently threatened to have AIDS, police said.

McAfee  (Chicago Police Dept)
The officer was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment and the suspect was taken to a hospital for HIV screening.

According to Chicago police, the following charges have been filed:
• Eric McCovins 19, of the far South Side is charged with two counts of aggravated battery to a police officer; two counts of resisting police; one count of aggravated assault; one count of theft; and trespassing on the golf course.
Williams  (Chicago Police Dept)
• 18-year-old Latasha McAfee of Harvey; 23-year-old Leslie Goins of Woodlawn; 18-year-old Keno Blackmon of North Lawndale; and 22-year-old Lashay Williams who lists the Howard Brown Health Center in Uptown as her home are each charged with theft, aggravated assault, and trespassing.
McAfee, Goins, and Williams have been released on I-Bonds.

Bail for McCovins has been set at $500,000.

Blackmon’s status was not immediately available.
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Manager Raped Employee In Boystown Restaurant, Prosecutors Say

The long-time manager of a landmark Lakeview quick-serve restaurant has been charged with sexually assaulting a 20-year-old female employee after hours in the shop’s basement.

Ortiz (Chicago Police Dept)
Carlos Ortiz, the 40-year-old manager of Chicken Hut at Belmont and Broadway, is charged with criminal sexual assault, according to police.

Cops say Ortiz, the victim, and other employees drank together in the restaurant after closing the grilled chicken shop on Wednesday evening.

After the other workers left, Ortiz gave the already-intoxicated victim another drink and led her to the basement.

Prosecutors said the woman was highly intoxicated and passed out during the attack.

She regained consciousness and called relatives who notified police and rushed to the restaurant where Ortiz was arrested.
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Brawls Spawn Seven Arrests On Pride Fest Weekend

Left to right: Cockriel; Moore; Jones (Chicago Police Department)
Saturday’s night’s rough start to Chicago’s week-long gay pride celebration rolled into an equally rough Sunday night and Monday morning. A total of seven people were arrested. Six of the arrests came between 7 p.m. last night and 2 a.m. today.

According to the Chicago Police Department:

• James Cockriel, 24, of the Dunning neighborhood is charged with resisting police following an incident inside the Pride Fest grounds at 7 p.m. Sunday.

•  30-year-old Chyntell Jones of the West Pullman neighborhood is charged with battery after being arrested at Halsted and Roscoe as widespread street disturbances broke out at 2:12 a.m. Sunday.

• Deshon Mooore, 25, of Rogers Park is charged with two counts of battery after officers responded to a fight in the 7-Eleven store at 3700 block of N. Broadway around 7:15 last night, police said.

Four more people were arrested after street fights again broke out across the area early this morning. Three arrests were made near Belmont and Clark while the fourth was reported at Roscoe and Halsted. Police have not yet released details of those bookings.

We will update this story as arrest information is released.
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Sunday, June 19, 2016

BOYSTOWN: One Stabbed, Huge Fights In Pride Mayhem

Screen grab: DJ Tek
See video taken by DJ Tek in Boystown early today:  VIDEO 1  • VIDEO 2  • VIDEO 3  

UPDATE 12:28PM -- The stabbing victim is identified by police in other media as a male. CWB Chicago editors have been in touch with the victim, who identifies as female. Our original report from this morning follows.
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One woman was stabbed and several people were injured as large crowds overtook Boystown’s Halsted strip following the first night of Chicago’s Pride Fest early Sunday.

Trouble began brewing around midnight and seemed to emanate from the 7-Eleven parking lot at 3407 N. Halsted, where police estimated a crowd had grown to over 400 people by 3AM.

A police supervisor ordered all available 19th district officers to the intersection of Halsted and Roscoe to handle the incidents.

Screen grab: DJ Tek
Halsted Street was closed to vehicles for about an hour after pedestrians took over the traffic lanes around 3 o’clock.

Officers who were blocking traffic at Halsted and Belmont reported that a woman was stabbed in the back just steps from their location at 3:18AM. Witnesses also reported that she had been pepper sprayed.

She is reported in good condition at Illinois Masonic Medical Center, police said.

Screen grab: DJ Tek
DJ Tek posted a series of videos from Boystown to his Twitter account:

“It’s a zoo up here” he wrote. “These gay kids are crazy. Pulling out knives…It’s 3:45 and this is happening now. I gotta go. People trying to jump on my bike. Trying to avoid the New York from coming out.”

Screen grab: DJ Tek
Officers continued to report large fights on the street at Belmont and Halsted, Belmont and Clark, and Halsted and Aldine until almost sunrise.

A witness reported seeing a man get robbed outside of Wrigley Field around 4 o’clock this morning, but police, tied up with the Halsted mess, were unable to launch an immediate response. All parties were gone by the time officers became available.

Screen grab: DJ Tek

“Hundreds Of Officers?”

There were no signs of the “hundreds of officers” that Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said would be handling North Side events, including pride activities. The 19th district has only been staffed by its normal allotment of officers this weekend, according to multiple cops who spoke with us off the record.

One police executive from the Area North office was in Boystown during Pride Fest’s operating hours.

According to a city source, the 19th police district was in "radio assignments pending status—meaning that no officers were available to immediately handle incoming calls for police service—for 18 of the 36 hours between noon Friday and 12:01AM today.

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Cops Investigate Reported Shooting Near Belmont and LSD

Chicago police are investigating after a 27-year-old man showed up at Illinois Masonic Medical Center with a gunshot wound to his right foot around 5:30 this morning.

The victim initially told police that the shooting happened along the lake front near Belmont. He later revised his story to say it happened near Belmont and Broadway.

Police have been unable to locate shell casings at either location.

The only report of gunshots in the area came around 3 o'clock this morning from a single 911 caller near Sheridan and Barry. No evidence of shooting was found there, according to police.
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