Sunday, September 08, 2013

WRIGLEYVILLE STUNNER: 3 Off-Duty Officers Targeted In Wrigleyville Attacks, Dispatch Says

UPDATE December 11, 2013: Copies of these incidents' police reports are now available HERE.

Editors' Note September 9, 2013: A police executive has expressed that a report on CWB about an off-duty officer being robbed this morning is false.  There's just one problem. CWB has never reported or implied that an officer was robbed. Period.  It is interesting to see that the 19th district brass now finds it in their interest to create a robbery story rather than deny one. Talk about using some new muscles. CWB stands by our report.

UPDATE 10 SEPTEMBER 2013: CWB believes, but has not yet confirmed that the bicycle incident is detailed in Chicago Police Department case #HW444159. The report was apparently filed on Monday, the day after the incident. Still developing...

UPDATE 15 SEPTEMBER 2013: CWB has confirmed that the bicycle incident is recorded in case #HW444159. It is logged as an assault because, while the offenders lunged at the officer as he biked past, they failed to make physical contact with him. The two officers at the firehouse left before on-duty officers arrived, according to a 19th district officer. CWB's original report follows.
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In a stunning development this morning, the 19th district handled two calls of off-duty police officers being jumped, apparently in two separate incidents near Wrigley Field around 5 o'clock this morning. Few details are available at this hour.


In the first incident, an off-duty officer who was riding his bike to work was "jumped" by four men near the intersection of Grace and Sheffield. An on-duty unit made contact with the officer and the officer is OK. According to a "flash" issued to on-duty officers, the offenders, described as black men in their 20's, were last seen running south and possibly west from the scene of the attack. One offender wore a red sweat jacket with two white stripes and the other three offenders wore all black. News of the attack came first from the 19th district desk.

Moments later, at 5:07AM, dispatchers announced that two off-duty officers sought help at the CFD firehouse, 1052 W. Waveland, just outside of Wrigley's left field wall. According to dispatch reports, the  police officers went to to fire station for help after being "beaten up." No further information is available at this time. CPD case #4450111.

34 comments:

  1. Crime is down, repeat after me crime is down. It's just perceptions it's up. Damn Rahm your a good Mayor. You and your sidekick McJersey are the best Chicago has had. Were the officers walking down alley's? Were they alone? Wonder how Commander V. will spin this.

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  2. Oh they must have been staggering drunk and waving their I-Phones around. (sarcastic).

    In case you haven't figured by now, Rahm is a narcissist and does not care.

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  3. The thugs taking over Lakeview have made the situation in our neighborhood a powder keg. I don't think this story is going to end well, before long there will most likely be an uptick in murders. Move over Uptown, here comes Lakeview.

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  4. Wonder if this will be on the news...? Then again, the hacks at the stations never repot the full truth anyway...

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  5. Looks like Tommy Tunney needs to coordinate another useless publicity stunt, er, community walk to 'take back the night.' Yes, that has worked so well thus far.

    Either that OR perhaps get more cops added to the beat? Or stop and frisk, NYC style? Ah, what do I know...

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  6. That is unreal. Cps are now being beaten? And one on a bike no less. You have to pretty brazen to pull a grown man off of a bike while he's going by to rob him.

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  7. This is a story that NEEDS to get press attention. Other than a shooting, I can't think of another incident that could be a tipping point like this. Please contact the major TV station news desk phone numbers. They won't respond unless they hear it from multiple callers.
    NBC: 800-CH5-NEWS
    ABC: 312-899-8019
    CBS: 800-CH2-NEWS
    FOX: 312-565-5533
    WGN:773-528-2311
    Please make some calls!

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  8. It's enraging that anyone gets attacked, but perhaps this will open some necessary eyes. If not, God help us all. I've quit going out to bars and restaurants on Halsted and Broadway entirely. Based on my previous expenditures, this is about an annual $5,000-$7500 loss to those business owners. Of even more interest to some of those business owners, who should be lobbying their a**e* off for more police: I'm at my lake home this weekend and while visiting with some friends, they indicated to me that because I posted this blog on my Facebook page, they have quit coming to Boystown to go out. If you want to keep your business, you better rally some troops. These perceptions Elias is referring to are based on realities. As one friend said "I'm not going somewhere I am afraid to carry my phone with me for fear of being mugged."

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  9. "Were the officers walking down alley's? Were they alone?"

    Yes, and they were talking on their iphones while listening to music on their ipods...and they were drunk.

    Clearly they have learned that when they see suspicious characters they should turn and flee back into their homes.

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  10. Anonymous said...
    Wonder if this will be on the news...? Then again, the hacks at the stations never repot the full truth anyway...
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    Off-duty officers have been involved in a number of incidents reported in other parts of the city over the past week to 10 days. Off the top of this CWBer's head, two female officers jumped in separate incidents, a police sergeant carjacked, and an officer who intercepted and then shot/killed a burglar in Lincoln Park.

    Some news outlets have been finding time to tell our story in recent weeks. We hope that this morning's chapter will be shared, too.

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  11. Anonymous said...
    Looks like Tommy Tunney needs to coordinate another useless publicity stunt, er, community walk to 'take back the night.' Yes, that has worked so well thus far.

    Either that OR perhaps get more cops added to the beat? Or stop and frisk, NYC style? Ah, what do I know...
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    Stop & frisk has some federal legal issues. We'd like to let NYC foot the bill for that litigation before adopting their style here.

    Other than that, we're right on board, Anonymous. More cops, fewer marches. Fewer alderman, too, now that we're thinking about things to do.

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  12. That cop should stay out of the alleys when stumbling home drunk from the bar. I'll bet he was flashing his fancy walkie-talkie too. I'll bet he learned his lesson for being so stupid in THAT area, right?

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  13. Were the guys attacked assigned to 19th precinct ? Would Colonel Klink, um, Commander V give a shit if they weren't ?

    I just completed my tourist visit over a 5 day Labor Day weekend visit. I stuck to my guns and did not patronize a single business north of 3200 (unless up in A-Ville). I enjoyed eating in "alternative" locations of Stella's, Edwardos, and The Edge very much. I also made sure I got off the streets by 730pm into my hotel.

    I did walk through Monday afternoon from LSD around 3500 to Belmont and Halsted. I didn't see any problems or undesirables lurking around, but a nice looking young blonde almost walked into me and she was completely obsessed with her I-phone. Not "blaming the victim", but some people have no street common sense at all.

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  14. Any idea what the arrests were around 9am at the.Mobil gas station at Broadway and Sheridan?

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  15. Anonymous Anonymous said...
    Any idea what the arrests were around 9am at the.Mobil gas station at Broadway and Sheridan?
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    Further evidence of what can happen when citizens report suspicious activity. Here ya go.

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/missing-michigan-teen-runaways-found-safe-chicago/story?id=20191947

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  16. The businesses on Halsted and surrounding areas have to be losing a substantial amount of money since the neighborhood has been taken over by thugs.

    When I first moved to Lakeview in 2002, the streets were packed with people at all hours to enjoy the neighborhood. The past few years I've noticed a considerable drop in people walking around. Halsted is now a pretty quiet street most of the time unless the thugs are gathering in gangs to do their thing.

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  17. To the guy that completed his five day visit and was in his room by 7:30 each night....thanks for a good laugh. You should have stayed in South Dakota or wherever you come from. You make yourself sound like you're 90 years old or that your walking around in Iraq lol.

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  18. (thanks for a good laugh.)

    Sarcastic, stupid remarks like and assumption about me are are not only totally untrue, it demonstrates a complete denial of the situation.

    Since you are obviously too stupid a fucking asshole to know much of anything about me or what is going on here after dark, the fact is you are a worthless troll.

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  19. Jeff on BuckinghamSep 8, 2013, 12:44:00 PM

    Craig,

    FYI,

    I called :

    WGN : they already were aware

    CBS : I gave this website for more info. They said they'd look into it

    NBC : I gave them this website. And, they also said they'd look at it.

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  20. I emailed Brad Edwards at Channel 2, and he got back to me right away. He's very interested.

    Hopefully this will dispel the "perception" myth that's forever being peddled to the media.

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  21. Anonymous said...
    The businesses on Halsted and surrounding areas have to be losing a substantial amount of money since the neighborhood has been taken over by thugs.

    When I first moved to Lakeview in 2002, the streets were packed with people at all hours to enjoy the neighborhood. The past few years I've noticed a considerable drop in people walking around.
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    But to ask Minibar-DS owner we need the OUT hotel that will solve all the problems on Halsted. He says the street is dying compared to a few years ago. Hello, it's the crime. I have found liquor cheaper in other safer neighborhoods too. Guess less people they had to raise the prices in Boystown.

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  22. Is Halsted Street like Polk Street San Francisco, old gay area, dying when the gay business moved out to Castro Street ?

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  23. They must not have been "aware of their surroundings".

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  24. Anonymous said...
    Is Halsted Street like Polk Street San Francisco, old gay area, dying when the gay business moved out to Castro Street ?
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    No Chicago is dying all over too many gangs and murders and not enough Police. We probably need 5000 more officers and McJersey aka McDumbass is in over his head. All his PR, combining districts, beats, closing stations has made matter worse, not to mention caused a lot of officers to retire sooner than they would have. Just listen to him and he sounds dumb. And I don't care about how many officers we have compared to NYC or other cities. Chicago is a lot different than other Cities. Crime fighting is not the same in every city. He is in over his head. Hell I doubt the Smithe family will even hire him as their head of security. And hid daughter married the Smithe son.

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  25. If everyone goes inside to their room by 7:30, the thugs will have won the battle. Stay out, have fun, be aware, and beat the crap out of these thugs if they come near.

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  26. You can also thank Ald Burke for leading the call for banning conceal carry basically throughout the entertainment district - ie anywhere where liqueur is served.

    The consequences of his actions will ensure a safe passage to the thugs as they steal smartphones, wallets, and continue the beatings without fear. Not to mention that if a conceal carry holder can't bring their weapon inside a restaurant they will probably leave them in the car which will be a huge draw for the militants don't ya think?

    Everyone run inside and lock your doors says the CAPS man. We're concerned for your safety. Let the 100,000 gang members run the city.

    /sarcasm

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  27. I'm going to say something that may not be popular but needs to be said. We have gotten the police department we deserve! We elected these alderman in as we'll as decades of Daley and now Rahm. I didn't vote once for them but I am just as culpable because I didn't actively try and do more. I give great credit to this blog for taking an extra step to try and change things. Next topic will be even more unpopular, we have effectively neutered our police departments across the country based on the perception that cops are "bad". We have awarded millions in tax payer funded settlements to people that said they were "set up" by cops mainly because we don't trust the police. I have first hand knowledge of this, one person I witnessed shooting at police officers, I testified at the trial and the offender plead guilty to get a reduced sentence. Fast forward two years and the same offender filed am appeal and won, he then filed a civil suit alleging that the officers shot him "for no reason" ( after admitting to doing it). A jury awarded him a couple hundred thousand dollars! This was crazy! What was even more crazy to me was the award of punitive damages from the police officer who shot him by this jury! I witnessed this gang banger who terrified our neighborhood shoot at the cop not once but three times and testified to it, in the end this jury awarded the offender a ton of money including money from the officers pockets... And we wonder why our officers don't do more...

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  28. One further thing to add to my rant, I am NOT saying incidences like Burge are ok. When someone is unjustly incarcerated by police and there is proof that police coerced or lied to put the person in prison, then that person is entitled to monetary compensation and the officers need to go to jail. However there are literally hundreds of gang members who sue the police for doing their jobs to see if they can get paid. I saw first hand a gang banger get paid and a cop who acted appropriately get penalized. When we do this to those who protect us we tacitly tell our criminals that it is ok to prey on us and police

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  29. The involved cop on the bike simply did not make a report. Fact. That's why there is no record. But I would bet that the communication tapes won't lie.

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  30. Anonymous said...
    The involved cop on the bike simply did not make a report. Fact. That's why there is no record. But I would bet that the communication tapes won't lie.

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    We would bet that, too, Anonymous. We would bet it all and our little pooches, too. Our CWBer on-duty heard it and reported it exactly as it was broadcast.

    There's always some give-and-take when balancing radio traffic with what transpired. In this story, CWB reported precisely what was broadcast to officers. To be hearing out-and-out denials that anything happened is simply laughable.

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  31. Well...at least there are some officers who (I'm assuming) live in the central areas of the city. I'm sure most of them (and the firefighters) live in the farthest reaches of the Northwest side, just within the city limits (Edison Park, Norwood Park, etc.) though.

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  32. I'm sure they were "advised" not to file official reports. It would make the crime stats look much worse than they actually are.

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  33. Anonymous said...
    I'm sure they were "advised" not to file official reports. It would make the crime stats look much worse than they actually are.
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    Hi Anonymous,

    We were informed this morning, but have not yet independently confirmed, that a report was filed in the bicycle matter on Monday, the day after the incident. Case #HW444159 according to the information we've been given. How the incident has been classified is not known.

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  34. So how long before we... or someone for a vigilance committee and start patrols. A group of four isn't so tough when there's twenty ready to fight back.

    Crime is down!

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