Friday, November 08, 2013

POLICE REPORTS: Youth Center Shields "Violent Offender"; Won't Help Cops

Note: The complete police reports, as issued by the Chicago Police Department are on our Google Drive: Click Here. The highlighting was made by a third party.

On at least two occasions last year, the Broadway Youth Center (BYC) actively obstructed Chicago Police Department efforts to identify and capture individuals wanted for violent beatings inside of and near their former location at Belmont and Broadway.

That is the sobering story revealed in two Chicago Police Department reports provided to Crime in Wrigleyville and Boystown by Citizens for a Safer Lakeview.

Incident 1
On July 13, 2012, one report says, "following a verbal altercation [offender] struck the victim in the face and head multiple times." The victim was transported to a hospital by ambulance.

According to the report, officers "were informed by several bystanders that the offender was being hidden inside the Broadway Youth Center (3179 N. Broadway) by the center's staff. [Two BYC] staff members. . . refused to cooperate...in any way and repeatedly cited [Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act] regulations as giving them the right to refuse to assist the police."

Incident #2
Then, on October 15, 2012, police responded to 3179 N. Broadway again. This time, the battery took place inside the BYC facility.

According to the police report, a man had taken a baby stroller way from a woman and her girlfriend. When the man was confronted, the police report says, the offender punched the victim "in the face causing a small cut inside of her mouth and also her nose began to bleed. Offender then fled the scene, possibly in the direction of 'The Center on Halsted'."

Then, the obstruction begins: The officers "interviewed the center's staff who stated that they knew who the offender was and had his information but that they would not give it to" the officers. The officers "informed the staff that this action is in direct conflict with [their] investigation and their failure to cooperate was an obstruction to justice."

The BYC staff told the police officers to get a search warrant to get information that the staff already knew about an offender who beat a woman inside their shelter.

A PDF containing both police reports is available here. The redactions were made by the Chicago Police Department to protect the identities of victims, witnesses, and suspects. This is standard practice when providing reports responsive to Freedom of Information Act inquiries. The highlighting was made prior to the documents' coming into CWB's possession.

29 comments:

  1. Awesome. It's like an embassy for criminals.

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  2. Reading the police reports shows what the cops are up against when violent criminals are harbored by "social service" agencies and can get away with it.

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    1. AND this has happened WAY MORE than twice...............................

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  3. This is really upsetting. I recently moved to Lakeview from what I thought was a more violent neighborhood in Chicago. I wanted to move into a safer area, only to learn that Lakeview was home to more and more criminal activity. I work in a nonprofit social service agency myself and am grateful that such organizations provide services to low-income and at-risk youth/families. We are all on the same team and don't wish to deprive ANYBODY from housing, food, or any basic human rights. However, social service agencies have a responsibility to respect the neighborhoods (and citizens!) in which they reside. Agencies must follow all the laws that residents must follow. It is not okay to not cooperate with law officials! I feel like BYC defends its operations by saying that "we," Lakeview residents, are all against helping their youth, many of whom are LGBTQ. That is not what we are saying at all. It's not a population issue. It's a safety issue. We want to work together towards a safer neighborhood. It's getting darker earlier now. I shouldn't have to feel afraid to walk home at 5:30 PM in the evening!

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    1. Exactly, Sarah. Very well said. I absolutely agree with your point about this not being a population issue and being a safety issue. The issue is not with the services they (BYC) provide or the population they serve, but rather with the BYC knowingly and willfully harboring criminals and not cooperating with police. If this is their neighborhood too, why aren't they more concerned with the increasing crime and violence all around?

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  4. Well said, Sarah. That's EXACTLY the issue I have with BYC and HBC.

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  5. Have the police reports been sent to the zoning board of Appeals? The Zoning board needs to know that HBHC and BYC will not cooperate with Chicago Police when officers order them to do so. BYC wants a zoning variance but harbors criminals at the same time. BYC and Howard Brown are putting the law breaker on a pedestal and giving the shaft to the crime victim who pays the taxes. When the savages are appeased and celebrated, order degenerates and neighborhoods fall apart.

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    1. Rest assured, we've sent them to the Chairman of the ZBA and a whole bunch of other people.

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  6. Quite a set of rules. Staff says they don't consider "survival crimes" serious enough to kick a "client" out of the "program". They described shoplifting as a survival crime. (See DNA Info).

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    1. DNA Info link: http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20131108/lakeview/city-family-services-says-social-services-do-not-attract-crime-lakeview

      "Clients "may be barred" if they commit a crime, Pfeiffer said, but organizations distinguish between crimes of survival and violent crimes. A youth stealing a bag of chips from a 7-Eleven, for example, may still be allowed to use services, he said.

      "It's an order of magnitude," Pfeiffer said. "If someone commits a survival crime, no, I don’t think they should bar them from shelter."
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      So don't worry, neighbors. If one of their guests steals your bicycle and sells it, BYC staff don't care, because it is only a "survival crime".

      All the jackets stolen from the Sports Authority store by the flash mob last week? Survival Crime.
      Breaking into your home to steal your valuables? Survival Crime.

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  7. Yes, a "survival crime" means if someone else owns something, you have a right to steal it because you need it. So that can be applied to cellphones or jackets at Sports Authority or cash in someone's purse or just about anything you think you need.

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  8. I only hope that karma kicks in and Pfeiffer is a victim of a "survival" crime and then the cops can't touch the thief hiding out in the BYC.

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  9. HIPAA allows providers to supply plenty of information to law enforcement officers, particularly in unfolding situations. BYC has no grounds for blocking police efforts in these matters.

    http://www.ndaa.org/ncpca_update_v16_no4.html

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    1. Good link and one that should be forwarded to the Commander and distributed to each social services organization.

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    2. Since when does HIPAA protecting alleged criminal? Some neighbors that business is.

      http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/hipaa-penalties-hipaa-does-not-protect-92697/

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    3. The key word being "allows." I would recommend that you return to your second grade vocabulary book and contrast the meaning of this term with the meaning of the term "requires."

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    4. I would recommend that you return to your second grade vocabulary book and contrast the meaning of this term with the meaning of the term "requires."

      And there you have it. The BYC management freely chose to not assist the police when they absolutely could. If having a woman bashed inside of their clinic isn't enough of a motivation to do what the law allows, then what is? Do they have to be required to make good decisions or can they be trusted to do so?

      The problem is the management. Plain and simple.

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  10. Is Pfeiffer the little weasly guy who showed up at a CAPS meeting a couple of months ago and smugly stated that his organization did not contribute in any way toward the crime in our neighborhood, and then was annihilated by some in the audience? Haven't seen him show up a meeting since then. Hmpf ....

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    1. No. Mr. Pfeiffer is a different weasly guy who smugly states things along those lines.

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  11. Obstruction of justice is a serious crime, but there's no obstruction of justice here -- BYC was simply upholding what it understands to be its ethical and legal duties to its clients. Why aren't we criticizing the police for failing to obtain a warrant or similar court order (which, as the article points out, BYC workers stated they would comply with)?





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    1. Because HIPAA does not require law enforcement to get a court order in cases like this. When the public's health and safety is at risk and an offender is on the loose, HIPAA clearly allows providers to assist police with identification and location of offenders.

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    2. "Obstruction of justice is a serious crime"

      So is battery.

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    3. Law Enforcement Purposes. Covered entities may disclose protected health information to law enforcement officials for law enforcement purposes under the following six circumstances, and subject to specified conditions: (1) as required by law (including court orders, court-ordered warrants, subpoenas) and administrative requests; (2) to identify or locate a suspect, fugitive, material witness, or missing person; (3) in response to a law enforcement official’s request for information about a victim or suspected victim of a crime; (4) to alert law enforcement of a person’s death, if the covered entity suspects that criminal activity caused the death; (5) when a covered entity believes that protected health information is evidence of a crime that occurred on its premises; and (6) by a covered health care provider in a medical emergency not occurring on its premises, when necessary to inform law enforcement about the commission and nature of a crime, the location of the crime or crime victims, and the perpetrator of the crime.34

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    4. You are soft as puppy sh*t if you think the police have this kind of time on their hands. We barely have enough police officers to RESPOND to these calls, much less get warrants for information. Police are NOT looking for health information anyhow!

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    5. No warrant is needed during a "hot pursuit" for a crinimal suspect.

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  12. The BYC is either flat out telling the criminals they will shield them from the police or criminals are learning they are protected by the BYC staff's actions. This has been going on for years. When the Center on Halsted first opened we would grab the little vagrants running inside. They appeared astonished that we were allowed to pursue them into the building and protested, "But we made it to the Center!" As if it were some pissbum embassy. I guarantee they thought the Center was just like BYC.

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  13. This is extremely disturbing. Harboring criminals and obstruction of justice is something that has been displayed by this organization multiple times and, when questioned, the people in charge of the BYC have no real answers as to what they have done to change since moving from their previous location. Why should we trust them now? This only means they have no game plan and they have no real concern for the citizens of lakeview. What can they say to this? I'm sure the police were lying in their reports, right? Absolutely ridiculous and offensive to our intelligence.

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  14. If you can, join SELVN ASAP (as they need a two week "good neighbor standing" before you are an official member. Vite is December 9 for BYC.

    Also, write the Zoning Board of Appeals if you're against:

    Jonathan Swain, Chairman
    Zoning Board of Appeals
    City Hall
    121 N LaSalle St., Room 905
    Chicago, IL 60602

    312.744.5822 or ZBA@cityofchicago.org

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  15. Does anyone have any more information on other incidents?

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