Monday, January 20, 2014

KEEP YOUR HANDS TO YOURSELF: Strangers Randomly Punched In Separate Incidents; 2 Arrests

At least four people were punched by two men in separate incidents Monday.

In the first case, a man was punched in the face for no reason at Sheffield and Waveland around 3:45PM. Officers found the offender, described as male, black, about 19 years old, with a green
back pack, green jacket, and beige pants, at the Addison Red Line station. He was taken into custody for battery as recorded in CPD case HX121376.

Later, around 8:10PM, an employee at ComedySportz, 929 W. Belmont, reported that an "impaired" man threatened him and pretended to have a gun in his pocket. 

Moments later, additional 911 calls reported that a man had punched at least three people under the L tracks at Belmont. 

Officers apprehended the offender, described as a black man wearing a black coat with red trim, at Belmont and Sheffield. 

He was positively identified by witnesses and is in custody.

Magically Disappearing Crime
How did Chicago tally a mind-boggling 16% drop in crime in just one year?

For one thing, it reduced the number of police officers on the force in some areas—like our district's 25% manpower cut—thus making fewer officers available to file reports, thereby generating fewer "reported" crimes.

Another excellent crime "reducing" technique that Chicago implemented last year was the decision to no longer dispatch officers to handle certain crimes, forcing victims to sit on hold and file a report over the phone. 

One CWB reader saw that second strategy play out on Sunday, January 12:
I was just (about 4:45pm today) in the Walgreens at Broadway & Belmont and heard one side of a conversation between a woman and 911.  
Apparently she'd just filled a number of prescriptions, put the bag in her cart, continued to shop and someone stole it out of the cart.  
She called 911 and from the sounds of it, they refused to send police to Walgreens and instead told her to call the non-emergency line to file a police report.  Sounds as if--once again--our police shortage is keeping crimes from getting the attention they deserve.  
The woman sounded frustrated and distressed, which I can understand if I'd just had a bunch of essential medicines stolen from me.
CWB waited to see if the victim's theft would be recorded by the city. Guess what? It wasn't. Score another one for the "crime is down" crew.
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13 comments:



  1. Score another one for the "crime is down" crew.

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  2. You usually have alot of "blame the victim" comments here regarding people having their cellphone out or simply listening to music so I'm going to take my chances and ask......what are people doing under the L tracks?

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    1. Then I think it should be reported as AT, our outside, the L STATION in all fairness to your readers. There's alot of mischief that goes on "under the L tracks" behind the station that is reported elsewhere.

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    2. Going to catch the train? On their way to a business or restaurant or home? "Under the L tracks" is the sidewalk for those who don't know.

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  3. I'm sure the police have more important things to do than show up for a non-injury package theft.

    Since there are those here that believe this is a logical response to getting a highly intoxicated driver off the road that already plowed into one car that only resulted in a stuff neck for two weeks, it applies in this circumstance too, right?

    But we want the Broken Windows policy instituted too.

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  4. Here's one from the police rank and file. The department's new policy, talked about at the police roll calls, is to issue ANOVS - you know, tickets - whenever possible, instead of arresting people. You see, these "tickets" generate revenue. Arrests don't.

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    1. And they probably don't generate police reports. Really? Like some thug is going to pay a ticket?

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    2. I guess they can install cameras and mail you your ticket for robbery or assault.

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  5. These are my "favorite" crimes - just completely, completely senseless. I mean, they're not even stealing anything - just punching people because they feel like it. I mean, what the **** is that?!

    As for the crime "decrease," this could not be more correct. Same thing happened in Joliet, and the chief of police actually testified under oath at trial that crime only went down as a result of a reduction in force on the police department. The police, with decreased numbers, don't have much reason to care about non-violent crime, I guess.

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  6. Knockout game? Jerks trying to become famous on Worldstarhiphop?

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  7. Great, the "knockout Game" has migrated to Chicago. However, I have 24/7 police protection, since I anticipated this trend 30 years ago!

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    1. The "knockout game" has been in Chicago for years. The Michigan tourist attacked downtown by 10 that suffered a broken jaw in the hospital for days and those Asian doctors being attacked outside Northwestern Memorial hospital are just a few of the incidents that were actually reported. Nothing was taken in any of the attacks.

      The news reporter regarding the Michigan guy stated quickly "there were no serious injuries but the Michigan man is still in the hospital with a broken jaw". It was so quick it sounded like the disclaimer at the end of a pharmaceutical company commercial.

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