Wednesday, July 17, 2013

POLICE COMMANDER: Pride Needs Checkpoints "If We're Going To Have A Parade Next Year"

Trash overfills a receptacle after the 2009 Chicago Gay Pride Parade. Image: Eric Herot
Alderman Tom Tunney may believe that anyone who wants to change the location of Chicago's annual Gay Pride Parade is in the "minor, minor minority," but DNAinfo is reporting this afternoon that even the 19th district police commander says changes need to happen "if we're going to have a parade next year."

IF? Sounds like someone's wandering off the reservation.
"90 percent of the LGBT community was very well-behaved and really respectful,"[Commander Elias Voulgaris] said. Most of the problems occurred afterward, when other people came into the neighborhood...Voulgaris called for 45 back up officers at the time.
Which makes us wonder if perhaps the checkpoints should go up after the parade instead.

And we distinctly remember our CAPS officers and Alderman Tunney saying that everything went great at Pride and the Blackhawks victory riot celebration. They nearly snapped their elbows from patting themselves on the back during the past two CAPS meetings. Maybe they just got around to checking their inboxes.

Also, the commander did not call for 45 back up officers. He called for as many tactical units and incident teams as the North Side districts could send. He may have gotten 45 cops, but he asked for everything the districts could spare.

13 comments:

  1. Any indication that anyone on Tunney's staff monitors this ?

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    1. YES - at a local mtng of residents attended by Ald Tunney's office last Tues night, comments were made about this specific blog. In fact Police Cmdr Voulgaris defended his stats versus what is being reported here. So keep up the good work, you've gotten their attention. The more everyone works to keep what's happening out in the open (rather than the efforts by the city to cover up), the better chance we have of achieving some action/change.

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  2. The parade has gotten completely out of control. Instead of watching the parade, we ended up watching the watchers and guarding our building from people trying to urinate and vomit on it, as well as those attempting to trespass by breaking our gate to vomit/urinate behind our building. It's a shame, but after having fun watching the parade for the past 15 years, I'm reluctantly in favor of moving it somewhere else.

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  3. Way more arrests for parade than blackhawks celebration.

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  4. Correct me if I'm wrong -- folks who were at the CAPS meeting on July 3rd and talked about moving the parade should hit up the following article on DNAinfo to correct them -- I'm pretty sure we talking about moving the parade, NOT ending it.

    http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130717/lakeview/pride-parade-cops-want-limit-entrances-check-bags-for-booze-next-year

    Be sure to sign your post "Just One Person"

    Also, you can email Serena directly:
    sdai@dnainfo.com

    I think we have to starting calling out this kinda crap immediately if we see it.

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  5. Fact being there SHOULD be checkpoints to get in. There is no security and a Boston type bombing could be a tragic outcome. Forget overseas terrorism there are enough domestic hate groups that would be interested in hitting a soft target like this. There should be no backpacks allowed in to a secure area period. If that ruins some of the fun, so be it so long as it is safe for all to attend.

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  6. UDPATE TO MY COMMENT - I *THINK* Serena will be updating the article to reflect it being "ended in Boystown" - give her a day or so - then go get her :)

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  7. It's time to move it downtown to Columbus. The bars from the neighborhood can rent buses offer drink and food packages before and after to cover the cost and still get business before and and after. Just like the bars are Clark do for Collage Football games. The Halsted bar owners need to realize the GLBT is all of Chicago City/Burbs and not concentrated like it once was. If they fail to embrace it they will be the true losers. The so called Straight clubs downtown have many GLBT workers. Gay bars are becoming obsolete.

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  8. ^^ EXACTLY!!

    Things have changed and progressed; this isnt 1979 anymore, when gay dudes had to sneak around and go to discreet gay bars to look for partners...this is 2013, anyone can use GRINDR now if they are looking for a hookup. The era of the "gayborhood" served us well, but its time to break out of the mindset of "needing" to live in specific neighborhoods. Having the parade downtown is now a better reflection of the overall gay community that lives all over the city. Maybe there can be a float in the downtown parade that pays homage to Lakeview and how it served us so well for so many years, but either way, its time to move the parade. The parade has outgrown the neighborhood.

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  9. I think the parade should be put on hiatus for a year to clear the air.

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  10. The Out Hotel proposal is further a slap in the face of how far the GLBT community has come.

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  11. ^ How is a hotel, a slap in the face? Its a hotel.

    I like the idea of the hotel coming to the area; I dont think it will be profitable as long as Halsted is a high-crime shit-show every summer, but I think having the hotel is a good idea overall.

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  12. Anonymous said...
    YES - at a local mtng of residents attended by Ald Tunney's office last Tues night, comments were made about this specific blog. In fact Police Cmdr Voulgaris defended his stats versus what is being reported here. So keep up the good work, you've gotten their attention. The more everyone works to keep what's happening out in the open (rather than the efforts by the city to cover up), the better chance we have of achieving some action/change.
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    Thank you for your encouragement, Anonymous. The stats we provide come directly from the city. The spreadsheets, also provided by the city, are posted on our blog at the link below. The commander can deny all he wants. We're using the city's own data.

    http://crimeinboystown.blogspot.com/p/raw-data.html

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