Sunday, September 22, 2013

THE MAGIC 8 BRAWL: Fights Fill 8th Consecutive Sunday Morning With Police Shortage

If it's Saturday night/Sunday morning, that means the 19th district will run out of officers. The district entered RAP (Radio Assignment Pending) status for the 8th consecutive Sunday at 12:54 this morning. It is not clear when the RAP was lifted.

As an example of how RAPS affect your police responses, we'd offer this: A witness called 911 at 1:27 this morning to report that a male, white with a button-down shirt and jeans was stealing bike tires in the 3300 block of N. Seminary. Due to a manpower shortage, the call could not be assigned until 2:06AM.

Needless to say, the man didn't stick around to get caught. And, remember, if there's no police report about these apparent thefts, then that means there is "no crime" for the statistics. Thus, crime continues to go "down."

Other crap that grown men and women did to tie up our officers overnight:

12:16AM: Officer are flagged down to handle a fight at Clark/Sheffield/Newport.

12:51AM: Officers witness a fight in progress at Wrigleyville's John Barleycorn, 3524 N. Clark. Sergeant reports, "they're swinging pretty good."

1:46AM: Battery in progress outside Fiesta Cantina, 3407 N. Clark.

2:58AM: A caller reports that someone has been punched in the face at Sidetrack in Boystown, 3349 N. Halsted.

3:02AM: Major fight breaks out at the Addison Red Line station, tying up at least 4 police units. Twenty minutes later, while mopping up the remnants, an officer calls for an ambulance to treat a person with cuts to their head. At least one arrest is made. CPD case #HW462030

3:33AM: A man is reportedly being beaten up in the street at 3533 N. Clark.

4:03AM: Fights are reportedly underway at Halsted and Belmont.

21 comments:

  1. Commander Voulgaris ignores or downplays this particular statistic whenever questioned about it, but it is very significant. We all need to keep on him, and eventually Rahm about this. Alderman Tunney, we know you read this blog. Please weigh in on this crucial issue. 19th District police officers, please tell us what you think.

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    1. The commander knows how short we are. He tells McCarthy that he needs more people, and McCarthy goes bat-shit crazy and screams that you don't need more, you need to use what you have "better". The commander is a good man. He is also middle management. He can't go too far against the company policies, or he will be replaced. It's as if he is treading water in the ocean, barely keeping his head above water. This all belongs at Rahm and mccarthy's feet. Don't rip Eli about RAP's. He only has so much to work with. He can't get any more manpower. No matter how hard he tries. This is happening in other north side districts as well, especially 016. Rahm has barely hired, and he's sending everything but the kitchen sink to the south and west sides. If you want more manpower, you are going to have to do something on a grand scale to force tweedle dee and tweedle dum to do domething. The commander can't and won't say this, but there were approx 420 officers at the time of the merge (Mar '12). That number was just above 320 two months ago. Middle management isn't going to be pinned down by answering that question, and upper management will say they are well-staffed.

      Sorry to ramble, gonna wrap it up now, but apparently Tunney doesn't have the pull that other alderman seem to have, because he hasn't gotten one person transferred in. Maybe ed burl can show him how it's done.

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    2. That was supposed to say Ed Burke.

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  2. Wow at Sidetrack again. Wonder when the owners are going to stand up and admit it's out of control and they no longer are immune to crime. They can boycott Russian Vodka but not give a darn about the neighborhood.

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    1. Won't happen. They rely on Tunney

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  3. Since Sidetrack loves to boycott, the local patrons should boycott Sidetracks until they start taking an active role in combatting crime in the area.

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  4. Any information on who was fighting who in these incidents? It does matter because that speaks to different problems. It's not like there is one singular issue in the neighborhood. A lot of fights on Clark Street and in those bars. Is that sort of frat boy on frat boy fighting? Was the sidetrack incident just a drunk patron or did it involve one of the thugs who have been coming into the neighborhood at night? The situation on Clark Street is an issue separate from the criminals prowling the streets. Those bars are getting out of control. It's become the new Division Street.

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  5. Michael said...

    Any information on who was fighting who in these incidents? It does matter because that speaks to different problems. It's not like there is one singular issue in the neighborhood. A lot of fights on Clark Street and in those bars. Is that sort of frat boy on frat boy fighting? Was the sidetrack incident just a drunk patron or did it involve one of the thugs who have been coming into the neighborhood at night? The situation on Clark Street is an issue separate from the criminals prowling the streets. Those bars are getting out of control. It's become the new Division Street.
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    It's not clear who the brawlers are. We would publish descriptive info if it were available. Pix, too, by the way. Descriptors are more plentiful when someone is on the loose.

    The Clark Street brawls are a drain on our district's atrophied force. We feel the out of control atmosphere diverts police from neighborhood policing, not to mention responding to calls, and assisting in the searches for offenders. Even though there is a *ahem* "detail," beat cars are regularly "tied down" to Clark Street, meaning they do not work routine police matters.

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  6. My father fondly recalls the days when 2 guys would get into an argument in a bar, take it outside for a fistfight, everybody would watch to see who won, nobody would call the police, and when it was over it was over. If people on Clark Street would stop calling the cops everytime there is a fight, the cops could spend their time fighting real crime.

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  7. Alderman Tunney, you could learn a thing or two from your colleague Alderman Cullerton. Alderman (Portage Park) Cullerton always reached out to his constituents on Everyblock even when the going was tuff. Your a pussy Mr. Tunney. Grow a spine and tell the truth Mr.Tunney. You know your time as alderman is coming a end soon, what the hell do you care what Rahm thinks!

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  8. Anonymous said..

    The commander can't and won't say this, but there were approx 420 officers at the time of the merge (Mar '12). That number was just above 320 two months ago. Middle management isn't going to be pinned down by answering that question, and upper management will say they are well-staffed.
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    Thank you for contirbuting, Anonymous. We have heard from many people that the commander is a good person. It's too bad that he has to lie so blatantly, which tarnishes the star every officer wears.

    For the record, according to McCarthy himself, the merged district was to have 475 officers. He submitted that answer in writing in response to aldermanic budget questions.

    If the superintendent could publicly state how many officers would be in the merged district, he and the commander can certainly tell us how many are in the district now.

    We have a feeling that your number is in the ball park.

    See attachment one in the response to Alderman Reboyras.

    http://www.centersquarejournal.com/news/ig-report-reveals-ald-tunneys-barrage-of-questions-for-police

    Tunney submitted a number of questions regarding the merger and other topics. A good read for then-and-now comparisons.

    We plan on writing more about this, but thought you'd enjoy seeing that the superintendent himself released the staffing levels for every district including the proposed merger districts.

    Let's get some fresh numbers, shall we?

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  9. Michael said...
    Any information on who was fighting who in these incidents? It does matter because that speaks to different problems. It's not like there is one singular issue in the neighborhood.
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    I disagree to a point. A pretty decent person is a lot more likely throw a bunch knowing he can get by with it because manpower is so short. I mean there is a good chance you could get by with crime in this neighborhood because of the manpower shortage. And how much crime goes on in these places that is covered up.

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  10. The commander can't and won't say this, but there were approx 420 officers at the time of the merge (Mar '12). That number was just above 320 two months ago. Middle management isn't going to be pinned down by answering that question, and upper management will say they are well-staffed.

    But there are more police working day time hours than there are on the overnight hours. Ask any cop. That's what he will tell you. That could be the problem too. At least it may be the reason there are so many RAPs that CWB writes about.

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  11. Prince Tunney is such an easy pawn for King Rahm. Rahm feeds on people without a spine and can keep Tunney's little nuts in a small pickle jar on the 5th floor mantle at City Hall.

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  12. This might be unpopular to say ehre, but the bar fights don't really concern me that much, other than someone needs to start actually reviewing liquor licenses for places that are overserving these brawlers. But where you have bars, you'll have bar fights.

    I'd take 20 bar fights, even the ones that spill out into the street, over one armed robbery. We shouldn't have either, but I'm not here to protect drinkers from other drinkers.

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    This might be unpopular to say ehre, but the bar fights don't really concern me that much, other than someone needs to start actually reviewing liquor licenses for places that are overserving these brawlers. But where you have bars, you'll have bar fights.

    I'd take 20 bar fights, even the ones that spill out into the street, over one armed robbery. We shouldn't have either, but I'm not here to protect drinkers from other drinkers.
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    We're not particularly concerned with drunks who want to beat each other silly, either, Anonymous.

    However, our district, which has lost perhaps 30% of its manpower since March 2012 cannot afford to have so many of its remaining officers dedicated to dealing with them.

    The number of cops who are tied up on Clark Street and on Clark Street arrests would astound you. And every one of those cops dealing with the drunks is one cop who can't go after the violent criminals who've made their way here.

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  14. The police should not have to babysit these drunks and waste their time all night till the bars close. These bars making all the money should hire more security and not over serve these drunks. The manpower that is wasted Every weekend on Clark street is a Joke. People everywhere else in the district should get police service and protection from being robbed or much worse. Wake up who is ever in Charge, bring a special unit in just to work Clark street and maybe Halsted, you talked about the bike unit then make them work till 5am and some on foot patrol. Please do something before somebody gets really hurt. Thank You.

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  15. It's much easier for the police to deal with drunks brawling on Clark St because there is no fear of someone screaming civil rights violations. Brawling drunks don't run from the police, they don't pull off a top shirt to one underneath that's different to avoid identification, the drunks on Clark are probably not carrying knives or guns, they're not "men dressed as women", the drunks will probably not fight back with the police, the Clark St drunks don't have social workers telling them how to clear their records, etc. etc.

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  16. Both Halsted and Clark street businesses are paying for security officers to also patrol the streets. Have you seen them? I have. They do nothing at all. It looks like a huge waste of money. Wouldn't it better idea to use that money to hire some of the district cops on their days off like the VRI thing that is always talked about? At least that way we can get more cops on the street.

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  17. How about just make this bike unit work till 5am on clark street and Halsted so the beat officers can handle real jobs all over the district and not be all wasted on clark or halsted for fights and for bars letting out. You are right they should have this VRI offered here in 019 were they have the most robberies and crimes on most night through out the city the most populated district in the city with the fewest officers.

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  18. Bars that over serve should have their liquor licenses revoked by the City.

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