Saturday, September 14, 2013

3 VS. 1 BEATING: 21 Minute Response Time

As if seven robberies weren't enough--and, really, shouldn't seven robberies be enough?--citizens reported a number of beatings and fights overnight that simply could not be responded to in a timely fashion.

The most frustrating of these to CWB occurred around 2:20AM at Halsted and Roscoe. A caller reported three males "beating up another kid" on the street. The attackers escaped southbound in the alley.

Unit #1913, which is normally assigned to patrol the far north side of the district, between Lawrence and Montrose, was the nearest available unit.

Minutes later, a witness called 911 again to say that he had located the attackers near Belmont and Halsted. The caller said he was following the offenders on his bike and he would direct police to them.

Unit 1913 arrived around 2:41AM, 21 minutes after the call was dispatched. Needless to say, they could not find anyone.

Dispatchers called the bicyclist who had been following the offenders. He said he had given up.

No report. No crime.
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17 comments:

  1. This is "calling in an airstrike" on the offenders. Spoting the Police onto the bad guys is always a good thing. Too bad the guy on the bike didnt stay just a little longer. Use extreme caution if you choose to do this.

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  2. Why did it take beat 1913 so long to get to the job?? Do we not get service in this part of town? And where was the entertainment teams? Is there not 2 teams out there? What was it just like 2 cars till the bars closed on Clark street? Is this still all bullshit and talk or are we getting more police for boystown on Halsted and over on Belmont?

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    1. It's bullshit. They are simply rearranging the few cops that we have. No extras. Last night, they even tired up two beat cars on the Clark street detail. Bike cops worked Halsted early, but were long gone by the time the usual robbery hours arrived. The lack of competence and strategic thinking at the executive level is outrageous.

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  3. Yes why can't we have the bike cop unit patrol Halsted on Fridays and Saturday nights till 5am when everything is happening? They would be a huge help riding up and down Halsted clearing sidwalkwalks were gangs are hanging out they can get through traffic faster then beat cars. And the 2 entertainment teams we were promised are not even real if there is any they use them on Clark street just till the bars close and go home.

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    1. For starters, the bike guys that were sent to Halsted were supposed to be on the lakefront. Secondly, they work afternoons. They're not assigned to midnights.

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  4. I totally agree with you, the bike police to patrol on Halsted till 5am would be so nice to have out there. They made Chicago pround during the G8 summit downtown clearing the crowds and keep people moving. If we seen these bike cops rolling up and down Halsted and Belmont area I know I would feel much safer. Great idea lets just see if they can make that happen for us.

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  5. "The lack of competence and strategic thinking at the executive level is outrageous"

    Absolutley correct. We are being screwed and theres little I see that we can do about it. Bike Police are great if we can get them when we need them. I have heard rumors of skeleton crews on 019 District midnights with no supervisors .

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  6. The District Commander himself should be out hitting the streets late at night until these issues are dealt with. He has a "take home" city issued vehicle , he can use it to ride around beat 1924 or the "entertainment area" late at nightand check up on things.

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    1. God no please... Whenever he does that it goes really really bad

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  7. Then maybe the bikes should be assigned to midnight. Why should they have a nice afternoon bike ride and enjoying the happy people out on the lakefront? How about they work till 5am Now on Halsted and Belmont. Their bosses can make it happen, lets see it happen....

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    1. Once again...they're there for the lakefront. During daylight hours, when people are out and about AT THE LAKEFRONT. Bicycles on midnights is a bad idea for a few reasons. There's also this thing called a contract that doesn't allow the department to just move people and change their hours all willy nilly. The problem with midnights, as with all watches, is shorthandedness. McCarthy and Emmanuel believe there are enough people here. That's your problem.

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  8. dont worry looks like a new sheriff in town
    the streetlightmarksman might be on his way out and ramsey might be in
    ramsey was d.c. police chief and he was philadelphia superintendent ramsey a prick supposedly but least he knows how to manage

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  9. So when will the media do some real reporting and actually call out Rahm and others for flat out lying to them about how everything is coming up daisies? The media is flat out negligent in their duties by just taking whatever is fed to them as fact and never asking back, even when they know it's a blatant falsehood.

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    1. The media is in bed with Rahm. It's blogs like this that get the truth out. How many media outlets CONSISTENTLY report that crime is down? You see it on tv, read it in the papers/online, or hear it on the radio. But we all know its b.s.

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  10. Actually Ramsey was a lot worse. I lived in DC when he was chief. Police never showed up for anything. A 13 yr old boy terrorized the Dupont Circle and even killed people. It took the National Guard to catch the kid. Ramsey's chief of police car was stollen from in front of his own house and when he was asked about it by the Washington Post, he said "cars get stollen every day. What are you going to do?" There were several police scandals where officers where caught sleeping on the job, using thier police computers to view porn, and several anti-gay scandals by officers. Ramsey has no business being police chief of any city or even being an officer.

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    1. Correct...Ramsey is not the answer either.

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  11. Funny How somebody Does not want us to have the bike unit working till 5am on Halsted. Could it be the officers who work this unit and enjoy the sites and people at the lakefront and like to go home at What 6pm. How about it isn't up to you but the bosses make you work till 5am and stay on Halted and Belmont every night with your bikes?
    How about it Eli, Mike?

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