Sunday, November 17, 2013

INDIAN BUMMER: Warm Weather Brings Out The Goons

11:48PM (Saturday night): A concerned citizen reports a 6'2" tall white guy walking around Sheffield and Oakdale smoking a crack pipe.

1:50AM (Sunday): Wepa! The dance floor at Roscoe's Tavern, 3356 N. Halsted, gets a little nuts when a man jumps into the DJ booth and starts destroying equipment. Officers arrest the party pooper for criminal damage to property. CPD case HW536597.

2:16AM: Fight in front of Rebel Bar & Grill 3462 N. Clark in Wrigleyville. One man is hauled away in an ambulance. Battery report is logged in CPD case HW536616.

2:40AM: An anonymous caller reports that a cab driver is beating a guy up outside of Melrose Diner at Broadway and Melrose. The victim is last seen walking southbound on Broadway.

2:46AM: Another Wrigleyville walloping in progress, this time it's across the street from Rebel Bar & Grill. CPD records the battery in case #HW536634.

2:58AM: Police break up a fight outside of the Red Ivy, 3525 N. Clark. No report.

3:00AM: Police walk into yet another fight at Wrigleyville's newest place to be beaten senseless: Old Crow Smokehouse at 3506 N. Clark. An officer calls for additional units as a show of force. One arrest made.

3:01AM: Six people fighting and throwing bottles in the street at Halsted and Cornelia.

3:05AM: "One male white, one male black, and someone in a fedora" are fighting in the street at Halsted and Cornelia.

3:07AM: A dispatcher warns a sergeant that "all hell just broke lose and your district is about to go into a RAP." (Read more about RAPs HERE.)

3:14AM: An enormous downpour rolls through Wrigleyville and Boystown, putting an immediate end to the escalating lunacy.
UNIT: Let it rain!!
DISPATCHER: Did my rain dance work?
UNIT: We could've used it about four fights ago.

5:41AM: A man says 4 other men beat him up and broke his nose outside of Circuit Nightclub, 3641 N. Halsted. The incident is recorded as a battery in CPD case HW536731.


  1. See, I told ya. It's the rain, not the cold. Obviously even the cops notice this pattern.

    You can best believe the "homeless" weren't on their normal perches on a nice rainy night either. They usually go home too.

    1. There was a woman who begged for money for probably 15 years at Roscoe and Halsted. She would sit right between Sidetrack and the bar that is now called Progress Thursday nights through Sunday nights for hours, collecting money from bleeding hearts. Around 2:15 in the morning, she would stand up, step out into the street, flag down a cab, and take it home. For a time, she had a 'boyfriend' who would swing by and pick her up in his car after her shift.

    2. She's still there.

  2. Anyone want to start voting some precincts dry?

    1. Yeah right...Prohibition worked well too. Geesh.

    2. They at least need to disperse some of those bars if Lakeview is to survive.

    3. Yes..."disperse" them...that's the ticket. Let's move one of them next door to your house.

  3. I've been going to bars several times a week for almost twenty years. Never during that time did I (nor anyone in my circle of friends) ever got into a fistfight with another bar patron. It seems to me the same individuals get into fights over and over. Unless any of these idiots in the article turned 21 very recently, I can confidently wager that last weekend was not the first time they caused trouble inside or right outside a bar.

    Can modern technology address this problem? Since id's are checked at every place (and most driver's licences/State id have some type of bar coding in the back), can the bouncer use some type of scanner to scan the id and get a history of the person? So, if someone gets arrested for disorderly conduct, that fact would appear when his id is scanned next time he goes inside a bar. And in the rare occasions when the bouncer is able to get the name of the trouble maker right after a fight (like I wrote that would be rare), they can post this on some common database. Of course the bar can still decide to let the person in, its just their liability insurance company might not like that if they hear about it...
    I know that my idea has several holes in it, but it seems this problem needs to be addressed soon. Too many nights with the intent to just have a good time are being ruined on that count of a handful of individuals.