Tuesday, July 09, 2013

DROUGHT: Copless Hours in Wrigleyville and Boystown

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A couple of weeks ago, we reported exclusively that two young men who were beaten and stabbed with broken bottles by a mob near the Belmont Red Line tracks were attacked as they waited more than 10 minutes for police to respond to their 911 call for help with two detained cell phone robbers. Our story revealed that no police officers were ever on their way to help because the 19th District had run out of police officers.

Believe it or not, the entire district quite literally has no police officers available to handle emergency calls on a fairly regular basis. The police department refers to times when no cops are available as RAPs, which stands for Radio Assignments Pending. You can read more about RAPs and their contribution to crime being "down" in our June 23 post.

Weekend overnights are particularly bad times to be in need of the police. Unfortunately, since Wrigleyville and Boystown are nightlife districts, weekend nights are pretty popular times for street criminals to be on the job.

CWB has culled our records from the past two weeks to see how many times we noted that the 19th district entered RAP status. Here are the times that the entire 19th district had no cops available to answer emergency calls:

  • Sunday, 23 June 2013 2:42AM to 3:03AM
  • Sunday, 23 June 2013 from 4:50AM to at least 5:20AM
  • Sunday, 7 July 2013 from 5:25AM to 6:05AM (approximate end)
  • Monday, 8 July 2013 from 5:17AM to 5:55AM

It's entirely possible that other RAPs were declared, but we simply were not made aware of them.

Perhaps you'd like to ask our alderman what he's doing about this problem? ward44@cityofchicago.org

17 comments:

  1. Ask our alderman what he's doing about the problem? How about a big, fat ZERO! The less crime reported, the better he looks. Call or visit Tunney's ward office and demand answers! His ambivalence is disgusting!

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  2. It became painfully obvious, while watching the Blackhawks Stanley Cup victory events on TV, that the City of Chicago, or at least Tom Tunney's 44th ward, has no ability to predict, plan, or execute crowd control.
    The sight of horses and the officers riding them being pelted with bottles and who knows what else was sickening.
    Cars trampled and stomped on, store windows being smashed out were reported later here on CWB.
    The mayor, the police superintendent, the terrifically self serving alderman Tunney, none apparently concerned in the least.
    I am a 25 year resident of our neighborhood, or as Alderman Tunney would call me, rather than constituent "... just one person".
    I am tired of living steps from the Belmont El and being too terrified to leave our fortified home to enjoy the convenience of this formerly great location to run to Walgreens, walk the dog, grab a yogurt, take a walk any Summer evening or more ridiculously, too early in the light of day morning hours.
    And I don't plan on this changing until something far worse than the nightly stabbings, gang beatings, strong arm robberies, etc. occurs.
    The question is, what will it take?
    Who or how many citizens will it take to lose their lives before these issues addressed in this blog are dealt with?
    Will it even matter if ordinary citizens of the "you're just one person" variety lose their lives, or will it take the loss of people who "matter"? Whoever that might include, but I'm guessing blood relatives or diplomatic, embassy & consulate staff.
    The gravity of this incompetent group's disregard of the safety of the residents and visitors in the 44th ward, and other areas of Chicago is as serious as it can get.
    The tipping point, complete loss of control leading to full blown riots, as seen in LA post Rodney King, and then post OJ Simpson verdict are never far from mind, and completely possible.
    What will happen? Who will protect us?
    These greedy idiots can't even get their collective shit together enough to stop what's happening now.

    Danny

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  3. Using the drop down list to chose a name (which I wanted to do) rather than being one of who knows how many anonymous users.
    Please get on this fix guys so we can start to address one another!
    Thanks,
    Danny

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  4. We need someplace SAFE, talk and start to organize, and that can handle many people - but I'd prefer NOT to use:

    The Police Station
    Center on Halsted

    It sounds like we have many people that want to band together, but we don't have any cohesive way of doing this.

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  5. I wanted to give a serious shout out to the moderators and creators of this site. You are doing the public a huge service by keeping us informed. I do have a question- has anyone tried to get a group of residents to join forces as a group to take some action beyond the useless CAPS meetings? Is there a way to do a sign up site or portal so that we could all meet and develop a plan of action? Off the top of my head, I'd love to get a large group to protest and picket outside Tunney's restaurants demanding that he start listening and acknowledging the issues in the neighborhood. I think it would be a good idea to picket outside his office as well. I would hope this would catch the local media's attention, or at the very least get more citizens involved. If enough people participated I would hope it would get noticed. There have been several major incidents right in front of my condo in the 800 block of Roscoe in the last two weeks. In two of those incidents I was able to talk to police officers. In both cases they said they are completely overwhelmed and they both went out of their way to blame Tunney without me even bringing it up. I have no blame for these police working the streets. They are as frustrated as we are. It is their big bosses, Tunney and Rahm that I blame. Anyway, just wanted to see if there is a way to get a group together to brainstorm ideas. The park right across from my place on Roscoe (behind Roscoe's bar) could be a great place to meet and discuss. If something like this has already been discussed or in the works (and I missed it), I apologize. Again, thanks for all your hard work on this site!
    Craig

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  6. How about a protest at Tunney's house?

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  7. Craig and TheDoctor1963,

    Stay tuned. Many neighbors are feeling the need to form an action group and we're working on the best approach. We are certainly open to suggestions.

    Experience tells us that a town hall meeting in, say, a school auditorium is not the answer.

    Thanks, too, for being a CWB reader and a good neighbor.

    Be safe and be well.

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  8. Using the drop down list to chose a name (which I wanted to do) rather than being one of who knows how many anonymous users.
    Please get on this fix guys so we can start to address one another!
    Thanks,
    Danny
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    Hi Danny,

    We are hostages to the Blogger system here at CWB. There is a way to enter your name or a pseudonym.

    Click the Name/URL button beneath the comment box. You can enter in any name you want. No URL is required. The name you enter will replace "Anonymous" on that post.

    We recommend creating a Google account, though. You can create a dummy account just for posting purposes if you're concerned about privacy or spam. If you go at it this way, it will be easier to authenticate that your posts are from the "real" Danny because your Google name will show up in place of Anonymous. Just like Crime In Boystown does in this post.

    Thanks again for being a part of CWB and the conversation!

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  9. For a long time now I've said that not just people need to organize but buildings need to organize, too. If you're on your condo or co-op board reach out to the boards of neighboring buildings. If organized groups of 10, 15 even 20 building associations were to begin making noise it wouldn't, couldn't, be ignored.

    Also, contact businesses in the area...not just bar owners, either. Contact businesses planning on moving into the area. I can tell you from personal experience that'd you'd be surprised that even one individual can catch the attention of people planning a certain very large project. Contact Peet's Coffee, the company that will be taking over the Carabu locations on Broadway and (ground zero) Halsted. Include a link to this blog.

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  10. Isn't it ironic that we can't use the Center on Halsted to meet and discuss problems, which was built for the supposed purpose of solving problems? Instead, it is the source of the problems.

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  11. "Isn't it ironic that we can't use the Center on Halsted to meet and discuss problems, which was built for the supposed purpose of solving problems? Instead, it is the source of the problems."
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    Funny That ;)

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  12. "
    Also, contact businesses in the area...not just bar owners, either. Contact businesses planning on moving into the area. I can tell you from personal experience that'd you'd be surprised that even one individual can catch the attention of people planning a certain very large project. Contact Peet's Coffee, the company that will be taking over the Carabu locations on Broadway and (ground zero) Halsted. Include a link to this blog. "
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    I've already started to leave "tips" on yelp to stay away from the area after 9PM...but NOT bashing the company. So far, no negative feedback.

    Also, you'll should let the Chicago Bagel Authority know they are in a battleground. I left them a message saying that although I'd love to come to their place, i wont because of what's happening at ground zero.

    http://www.eatcba.com/contact-us.html

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  13. Prior open meetings have resulted in accusations of racism and gone nowhere. This group should meet as a residents group.
    The Hawthorne Neighbors is a very organized group, but they seem to be siding the boat on these issues.
    They believe the alderman & the cops, adjourn, then meet again and nothing's changed.
    If they could get serious about crime, they would be good to attach to.
    Remember though that groups will form with individuals pulling their own agenda bullshit, then splinter up. Like ACT-UP, but I think more direct action, ala ACT-UP would be the way to go here.
    I've written to the managers, regionals, and HQs of each business I can no longer use because of the high crime surrounding their locations. Mentioning that I would and will be happy to be a returning customer once the crime is addressed. If enough of us do that, who knows. Couldn't hurt. Tunney kisses business ass, cares not about his residents.
    Alby

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  14. Speaking of identity on here, CWB, why do you guys choose to remain anonymous? Most authors/editors of blogs have brief bios on the blog.

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  15. Ummm, you CAN use the Center on Halsted for meetings if you choose. They have great meeting space and it's a community center. My guess is that most here have such an aversion to CoH that you wouldn't go near it with a 10 foot pole.

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  16. Every business within the Sheffield-Diversey-Addison-Lakeshore area should be contacted. This means all the bars, retail stores, gift shops, convenience stores, the hotels and B&Bs, the salons, the leather stores, anyone and everyone - to make sure everyone is aware of this blog and the problems in the neighborhood.

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  17. Nate B. said...
    Speaking of identity on here, CWB, why do you guys choose to remain anonymous? Most authors/editors of blogs have brief bios on the blog.
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    Hi Nate B.,

    We aren't the spotlight grabbing sort, in general.

    It's great to have you here as part of CWB.

    Be safe and be well.

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