Sunday, June 30, 2013

BELMONT BLOWUP: Commander Calls For Support

As expected, Belmont is blowing up tonight. The 19th district commander is asking all neighboring districts to send their tactical teams and incident units to Clark and Belmont. Officer lunches are cancelled and all daytime units are being held over until the situation is under control.

Units from the 14th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 20th, and 24th districts were brought in to clear the streets and quell violence in Boystown. Most day shift officers were released at 2:30AM. Officers from neighboring districts were released about an hour later.

The situation was so bad at 2:00AM, police forced some bars with 4 o'clock licenses to close early because they feared "potential rioting" in the area.

UPDATED 1 JULY 2013: Added list of districts that sent units.

UPDATED 1 JULY 2013: Added info regarding 4am bars being forced to close early.

15 comments:

  1. There better be a line around the block for the CAPS meeting Wednesday night.

    From about 4 to 7 o'clock squad cars by the 2, 3 4's were screaming down Addison relentlessly.

    At what point are politicians and such going to pull out of the parade? Who wants to be associated with that mess? It's really been poisoned.

    I went for part of it and left around 2. It looked like it was getting really bad by the 7-11 when I passed by. I didn't run into anyone I know. It's almost like the neighborhood people aren't going anymore.

    either we're reaching a tipping point this summer, and something big is finally going to be done to curb this, or the neighborhood has been lost.

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    1. The neighborhood residents aren't attending anymore. My big group of my friends and I went to the beach and then to Pride North, a far more safe and peaceful way to celebrate.

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  2. When and where is the CAPS meeting? The parade just keeps getting worse and worse, law enforcement does its best but it's too long and too big. Let's have a parade but we need to set some parameters here!

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  3. Lake Shore Dive and Belmont here. Squad cars from around 1pm and are still occasionally going. Constant police with sirens roaring.

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  4. JULY 3RD CAPS MEETING AT THE POLICE STATION 7PM! ...PASS IT ALONG TO WHOEVER YOU CAN.

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  5. I think the neighborhood is reverse gentrifying. I am glad I don't own property there.

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  6. Sure sounds like it's blowing up, having a smoke on my porch, half a mile away all sirens, hooting, hollering, crotch rockets peeling out.

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  7. The neighborhood has become "Fort Apache the Bronx" ...move the parade downtown just as the SW side St Pats parade finally outwore it's welcome & had to leave 95th&Western

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  8. Sounds like a war zone outside. Remind me why we need two weekends in a row of this and another in August for Market Days?

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  9. JULY 3RD CAPS MEETING AT THE POLICE STATION 7PM! ...PASS IT ALONG TO WHOEVER YOU CAN.

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  10. CAPS meeting.

    Is anyone from CWB attending? Maybe there should be some organized effort, so people can go as a group instead of simply showing up. I know it wouldn't be anything tightly structured, but any sort of organization is going to be taken more seriously...and I think people should demand some concrete proposals for a solution to be presented at the next CAPS meeting.

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  11. re: Craig Collins

    I didn't see a single person that I knew. I emailed a friend, and he said the same thing up where he watched it. Every year there seems to be a growing number of straight people who act like they're slumming, and add to that a healthy representation of the gang-bangers who have been coming up every night.

    The parade in the past had a real sense of community, not any more, not by a long shot.

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  12. I marched in the Parade yesterday. The further south we got along the route, the more uneasy we got. I noticed our group of marchers had started to back away from the gates of people once we got into Boystown. North of Irving was great... families, smiling kids, and pleasant cheering. Anything south of there was a joke. People were 30+ deep at the gates, being smashed, climbing poles, screaming, and just not being appropriate.

    The parade is about gaining rights, respect, and enjoying the community. Not a degrading drinking competition.

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  13. The parade is to fill the bar owners pockets, and if you disagree they will use language to make you sound homophobic(while with your partner)

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  14. How about closing the bars on the day of the parade? Don't think for a minute that the bars aren't part of the problem.

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