Monday, October 07, 2013

WOO-SOME TWOSOME: Two Area Fibs Spotted Together on Halsted

They're the perfect pair!

Yesterday afternoon, two of the neighborhood's biggest fibs, "we have enough police officers" and "Center on Halsted clients don't commit crimes" teamed up in a single incident that will never be recorded in our crime statistics.

Around 12:30PM Sunday, a 911 caller reported that a woman was standing outside of the Center on Halsted, threatening people with pepper spray.

The call did not get dispatched until 1:23PM. The unit it was assigned to was subsequently detoured to another matter and the call was re-assigned at 1:38PM.

More than 70 minutes after the 911 call, officers arrived and were unable to find any woman threatening people with pepper spray outside of the Center on Halsted.

No report, no crime. It's a win-win for crime stats and the COH. Bully!

20 comments:

  1. In a situation like that someone should (if could be done safely) photograph or film the person with their phone to show the police when they eventually arrive. All manner of unpleasantness has unfolded in front of that place. People should, with discretion, capture the image (still or moving, call the cops and show them the pretty picture when they eventually arrive. Oh, and email them to dnainfo and any other place that might report such things...post it on the alderman's facebook page, The Center's, send it to this blog.

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  2. Doesn't the center have cameras outside their building as well? Nothing like bad neighbors.

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  3. doesnt the center have private security? why didnt they do anything about it

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  4. This is one of the big reasons I do not shop at Whole Foods anymore. I have been panhandled, jostled, threatened and even an attempt by a group hanging out on the Center on Halsted to surround me and pick my pocket and get my wallet.

    If others have encountered this I encourage them to e-mail Whole Foods and explain why we do not shop ther anymore.....

    Hello Tom ? Hello Tom ? are you listening ???

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  5. Hey all the do gooders wanted the Center. We have had nothing but problems since it has been open. Wonder what the Senior Housing will be like? There are criminals and gangbangers with that GLBT too. Guess all the big money that build it didn't realize that.

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  6. It infuriates me that the Center on Halsted is 41% taxpayer funded, to the tune of over $2,000,000 per year and yet, as one of those taxpayers, I have to walk several blocks out of my way to avoid walking anywhere near that very place my taxes pay for.

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  7. It infuriates me that the Center on Halsted is 41% taxpayer funded, to the tune of over $2,000,000 per year and yet, as one of those taxpayers, I have to walk several blocks out of my way to avoid walking anywhere near that very place my taxes pay for.
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    Me too. That's what it's about peoples is getting grants and tax money. I am glad as member of the GLBT community I never fell for the lies. Keep voting on the GLBT issue alone and this is what you get.

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  8. Sadly...we dont REALLY know if this person was from the Center. Realistically, just a crazy person holding spray IN FRONT of the COH ;)

    Unless someone saw her come out of the COH, we cant say much except where the hell were the police.

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  9. I have walked past the Center a thousand times and, even with crowds of kids in front, have, at worst, had to simply navigate through them, as they seem to not realize the rest of the world exists.

    Whole Foods gets my business frequently, and unless I get accosted, and I don't imagine I will, I will continue to frequent their conveniently-located store. To say Whole Foods is dangerous seems very, very extreme.

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  10. TheDoctor1963 said...
    Sadly...we dont REALLY know if this person was from the Center. Realistically, just a crazy person holding spray IN FRONT of the COH ;)
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    Well the COH does contribute to problems and is a magnet for problems. It all started to get bad when it opened. So I don't need too much convincing. Why do you think the COH goes out of their way to deny it comes from there. Government and private grants. If you deny it enough people will believe it. Same with denying crime is up.

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  11. I've never felt unsafe walking by the COH. Sure there are often pretty shady looking loiterers, but I can't say I've ever felt threatened, even at night

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  12. The COH does NOT have cameras outside. I have no idea why except maybe they do not want to acknowledge a problem exists on their property.

    Some dude was getting arrested (or detained) outside of the COH today around 4 pm.

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  13. COH KNOWS they have a problem on their property. That's why they have armed security inside. It's also why all the expensive designer furniture in the second floor lobby was removed - it became THE hangout, caused problems and unnerved other users of COH programs. COH never expected the overwhelming clientele they got - they expected something much different. This was confirmed to me by a member of their Board.

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  14. Of course the coh knows there's a threat. Why would any organization hire armed security they didn't feel they needed? Those guards aren't there in case a whole foods shopper goes bezerk. Seen armed guards at other whole foods around here?

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  15. I still go to whole foods on an almost daily basis but I refuse to walk on the south side of waveland past the school and whole foods parking garage. Instead I just walk past Kit Kat and cross there. Should I have to do this? No, I shouldn't. I've seen multiple fights on that stretch if sidewalk this year.

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  16. ^^ I'm not going to cross the street to avoid any confrontations. I walk through any loiterers every time on south Waveland on my way to Whole Foods or Walmart Express. However, I've seen numerous women get harassed when walking alone through there. It is an embarrassment to COH that women get harassed walking by outside the building.

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  17. It is an issue such as this that specifically needs to be addressed at the CAPS meetings. Commander Voulgaris needs to explain why it took 70 minutes to handle this job. Was there no supervisor or tact team that could have responded. Hell, a couple of people from the desk could have walked over from the station to see what was going on. I feel very sorry for the working coppers in 19, who must be frustrated, and are certainly overworked since so many of their co-workers are enjoying on-the-job-retirement. We definitely need more aggressive supervision in this district. Shameful.

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  18. >>Anonymous said...
    I still go to whole foods on an almost daily basis but I refuse to walk on the south side of waveland past the school and whole foods parking garage. Instead I just walk past Kit Kat and cross there. Should I have to do this? No, I shouldn't. I've seen multiple fights on that stretch if sidewalk this year.<<

    Yep, I go out of my way to walk down Addison instead, rather than that stretch of Waveland by COH. Every time I've braved it, I've had loiterers make comments to/at me (I'm a female), or at the very least have felt extremely uncomfortable walking through a gauntlet of hostile stares. I don't think I've ever gone past it without noticing some sort of tense interaction or brewing altercation between loiterers.

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  19. doesnt the center have private security? why didnt they do anything about it
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    Because is wasn't INSIDE the center. ;)

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  20. Anonymous said...

    Commander Voulgaris needs to explain why it took 70 minutes to handle this job

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    Hi Anonymous, The call sat at OEMC, undispatched, for nearly an hour. Once it was passed on to officers, they responded within "only" 17 minutes.

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