Sunday, February 16, 2014

WEEKEND UPDATE: Brawls A-Plenty; First RAP of February

Friday, February 14
2:01PM: The 19th district enters its first "Radio Assignments Pending" or RAP status of February. RAPs are declared when all of our meagerly-staffed district's officers are tied up on assignments and no officers are available to handle incoming calls for service.

This RAP lasted two hours. You can read more about RAPS here.

Saturday, February 15
12:40AM: Officers on patrol come across a melee inside of the Subway restaurant at 901 W. Belmont. After the fight breaks up, they clear out the restaurant.

12:48AM: A transit police officer calls for 19th district assistance at the Belmont Red Line. The Subway has found its way there and is starting more trouble.

1:14AM: 911 handles "a lot of calls" about fights around the 500 block of Wellington. One caller estimates 10 people are fighting. Another puts the number at 15 "kids." Officers move everyone along.

1:37AM: A supervisor asks for more cars at Belmont and Broadway. The crowd that got chased out of Wellington has found its way there.

2:04AM: 8 people fighting outside of Roscoe's Tavern, 3356 N. Halsted. The situation resolves itself before officers arrive.

2:24AM: Multiple calls of a street fight involving four men at Waveland and Fremont. Officers quell the situation.

4:09AM: A fight breaks out inside of Nookie's Tree, 3334 N. Halsted. An ambulance takes the apparent victim to Thorek Hospital for treatment of a cut. Witnesses say the offenders, three white males aged 30 to 35, fled north on Halsted in a black Mazda. The incident is recorded as an aggravated battery with a dangerous weapon in CPD case HX151859.  UPDATE FEBRUARY 18: The Windy City Times has a bit more information on this incident HERE.

11:03PM: A woman is battered in the 900 block of Addison.

Sunday, February 16
1:25AM: Clark Street entertainment detail officers report six to seven people fighting in front of John Barleycorn, 3524 N Clark. The incident is defused.

2:00AM: A fight breaks out inside of John Barleycorn during an incident that turns out to be a theft in progress. One arrest for the theft is recorded in CPD case HX152886.

2:35AM: Fight in front of Sluggers, 3540 N. Clark.

4:01AM: A security officer reports a "gang fight" involving weapons at Belmont and Sheffield. The offenders flee before police arrive. One red Dodge Stratus escapes north on Sheffield and a black car, possibly a Dodge Charger, drives west on Belmont.
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54 comments:

  1. A security guard calls in a gang fight at 4:01 A.M. at Belmont and Sheffield. If I was the watch commander of the 19th dist. during this time watch I would deploy 4 tack teams, 1 on each corner. 11:00 P.M. -7:00 A.M. And hire the security guard to be the tack supervisor. Lame ass police management in 19.

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    1. Why would you waste the time of the police waiting for a gang fight to start when the best outcome would be that the gang fight resulted in the gang members just killing each other? Let them fight it out. Encourage them to fight it out. The only good gang member is a dead gang member.

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    2. Exactly! This is what I have been talking about before. That stretch of Belmont, from Sheffield all the way down to Halsted, is one of the worst areas. The area needs a constant, strong, visible police presence at the corner of Belmont/Sheffield, as well as right there at the El Station. Thats the only way to bring that area under control. Same thing with Halsted; there needs to be a strong night-time police presence there that can quickly arrest and process offenders (including packs of kids that block the public right of way).

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    3. Division street night club's have always had a very strong police presence in front of the most popular night clubs. For decades. The uniformed on duty 18th dist. coppers would have a cup of coffee in one hand and a smoke in the other as they would chat the night and early morning away with the club door bouncers. You never heard a radio call in 18 or citywide radio of any nature in the bar areas, even close to what we are experiencing here in the 19th dist. for the past 3 years. End this already. Call the mayors office. Not the Alderman. Demand more police in 19.

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    4. First off, it is Tact not tack, secondly there is no such thing as a watch commander, thirdly smarty pants 4 teams constantly on one watch? Why so u can cry more about afternoon crimes and morning burglaries? If i were a resident in that area I would write letters to Municple leaders and start protests/marches. But y can cry here all u want no one cares

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  2. Slightly off topic......I'm wondering......what percent of these fights are fueled by alcohol? Yet, somehow, it continues to get a societal pass? Really? The bars in that area need to pony up some money for more cops folks. NOW! Why do they get to make money, cause a large majority of the problem in the process, and then get a pass on the back-end when it comes to cleaning up the shit they keep putting out on the streets at 2am. I know there are bigger fish to fry.....but for the love of Christ why are they totally given a pass on this? This seems very preventable. Unrealistic and fantasy-land type stuff, but still, preventable nonetheless. Let's have the few cops we do have focus on the real problems.....

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    1. The bars pay a lot of sales tax to the City and State so I think they pay their fare share.

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    2. Oh. OK. Well I used to pay alot of money to go to them but quit for fear of my life. So where does Joe Q. Public fall in this equation?

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    3. Q + $ = Power to Emanuel / Cronies + TIF

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    4. Demand from city hall more police in the 19th district. Period.

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  3. That new police station on Addison should of been built on Belmont/Clark......that's where all the action seems to be.

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    1. There's crime right outside the door of the one on Addison. It's doesn't deter them there so I don't think having one on Belmont would help either.

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  4. The list of establishments that need to be closed is indeed long, but 1000 Liquors and the Big City Lounge should be at the top!

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    1. I knew when I had to swipe my drivers license just to get into that store, I was in the wrong area. Never went back.

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  5. 900 block of Sheffield?

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    1. Thank you, Anonymous. It was the 900 block of Addison near Sheffield. We've made the correction and appreciate your sharp eye.

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    2. Bring back the jump out boys, put them on belmont to patrol and see if anyone causes trouble knowing they are on patrol. This would be the perfect situation for them to return.

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  6. Just shut this all down, please! Going out to bars until 2 and 5am is sooooooo 1980's.

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    1. but getting free cell phones and punching good people to near death is so 2012 2013 2014 and it goes on and on and on. call city hall in mass and demand more police.

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  7. All the calls to shut down the establishments I don't understand. Those bars were here long before most of us lived here just like people that complain about Wrigley Field. Why did you move to the neighborhood if you don't like the bars or Wrigley? We never had major problems until Rahm and McJersey starting all their new strategies. We need beat cops on Halsted, Clark and Belmont. I used to see cops up and down Clark, Halsted and Belmont but not the last few years. And just a fact this morning around 3 am shots were fired at State and Erie. The gangs are taking over this city.

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    1. I'm sure the people that built the structures there in 1910 claimed they were there first at some point. And our forefathers that laid the Red Line tracks are rolling in their graves too.

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    2. All of these bar owners are able to hide a tremendous amount of taxable income due to cash being exchanged. This affects the amount of resources available to local police, and other city services. Residents end up picking up the tab. These bar and nightclub owners(and their staff) continue to eat up police resources, over serving customers, while under reporting their taxable income.

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    3. I've lived in the neighborhood for over thirty years. I don't remember this amount of trouble from any of those places before. Oh sure, there will always be unruly episodes and trouble where there is a bar strip of street, but what we're seeing is something different. Clark Street and Halsted Street have to be viewed as two different problems. Clark Street has become an increasing mess as it has shifted from a neighborhood environment to the new division Street. I'll bet most of the patrons of those bars are now from outside of the area. Halsted Street has fallen victim to the trash attracted in by the Center On Halsted. Even if we had a fully staffed police department we'd still be seeing a big increase in trouble. An understaffed police department has caused a big set of problems to become a disaster.

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    4. Exactly! Any person with 1/2 a brain could figure this out which is why the bars need to be held accountable too. These "charity" events they hold, although a nice gesture, are tax write-offs too. I used to go out for a good time and that was my priority but when they could give a shit what happens to you when you walk out the door, it's another ball game.

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    5. First of all it's the gang banger coming the neighborhood causing problems and second it's not as easy to hide money like it used to be because it's a cash business. The IRS and IL Dept. of Revenue look at how much of Beer Bottles, Cans and Liquor bottles you get delivered. They audit based on delivered and sold. If you have too much of cab they know you are not paying your taxes. Also with credit cards transactions it's also harder to steal. Most of the cash that is stolen is by bartenders not charging customers so they can get a big tip.

      This is a societal problem caused by drugs and gangs. People coming from lower socio economic neighborhoods. Don't blame the business owners. Would like a bunch of empty store fronts?

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    6. Right. Because if a bar closed down nothing else would open up in its place. /s

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    7. I'm gay and when I lived in the area I would have been more than happy to see at least 1/2 of those bars gone and something more useful put in their place. There is alot more needed to make that general area as desirable as people seem to think it is and I believe that survey offered by the NHBA is the first step in addressing that. For the long term survival of the "neighborhood" most of those bars need to be dispersed. Most of the places are no longer truly gay anyway and once the trend of hanging around gay people fades, it'll be interesting to see what they have left as clientele to sustain themselves.

      And although the area boasts a high "walk score", its irrelevant once the crime is considered.

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  8. Yes shut all bars down at 2am no more 4am bars and no extra hour on saturday night. You will see what a difference it is. Let's see this happen

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    1. They'll have 'em liquored up and stumbling by 8pm rather than 10pm.

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  9. What would we need to go to get the ball rolling? To cut the liquor serving hours?

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    1. For what it's worth, very few of the Wrigleyville bars have "late" 4am/5am licenses. With one or two exceptions, they close at the "normal" time of 2am/3am.

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  10. There are all sorts of reasons not to do this I realize. Still, instead of closing the bars early, why not shut down elevated service at midnight until 5AM on Friday and Saturday nights. It would cut expense for the CTA. London seems to function quite well with this. It eliminates one of the major escape routes used by the perps. Won't eliminate the problems, but might lessen the incidents. Cabbies wouldn't mind it either. {No, I am not one.}

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    1. So you expect me to pay twenty dollars to get home from work ? Score one for the gangs , ZERO for the working man !!!

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    2. I like the idea of shutting down the redline from midnight until 5am. This is the main access for the thugs that come to our area from the south and west sides. This is also what they use to escape. None of these animals are ever caught due to our sorry police staffing. But, if they didn't have a way to access our neighborhood or get out after assaulting innocent people, I think crime would drop drastically. I believe the red and blue lines are the only ones that run 24 hours. People off the other lines have figured out how to get around, so its certainly not "necessary" for this to be running all night long. After a certain hour, it's basically just a chauffeur for criminals.

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    3. I work a late night shift for my second job both Friday and Saturday night. If you think closing the red line is a solution then you can pay for my cab home both nights.

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    4. And if they are to run 24 hours, they should have adequate police protection both in the trains and at/around the stations. I knew if I went out at night I should be taking a cab. I don't have the $ for cabs so I don't go out. Really not missing anything anyway.

      Employers should be compensating their non 9-5 employees fairly to have a car or pay for a cab as the CTA/any public transportation is KNOWN to be unsafe at night. Personally, I'd seek another career path if that were the case.

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    5. Close the redline. Jeez. You people know nothing about criminals. If you close the redline between midnight and 5 the thugs will either come earlier or just take another way in. Like the brownline. You don't think they adapt? The only things that stop or slow them down are more cops on the street and zero tolerance policing.

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    6. Agreed anonymous. Why should we inconvenience ourselves and deny ourselves use of Chicago's transit system because criminals use it to come here. The answer is to arrest and prosecute the criminals.

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    7. And unfortunately that's not going to happen in the real world either. It's a rare for me to say this but if your on that train (especially the Red Line) by yourself at 3am, you were probably "asking for it anyway". I've seen bartenders that don't walk 2 doors down to the 7-11 unless they're accompanied by another. Another clue to stay out of the area.

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  11. The Trib is reporting a shooting at 1500 Diversey. Looks like crime is still down guys..

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    1. Yep. It reportedly happened near the Shell gas station there. Sketchy situation as usual. A 17-year-old victim out on the streets at 1 a.m.; a witness says they can't offer much info because she was talking on the phone and listening to music on headphones—apparently at the same time. What a multi-tasker!

      Kid was shot in the leg and should be fine.

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  12. The shutting down of bars is just about as realistic as the shutting down of Wrigley Field by the city. Will never happen. Honestly, shouldn't have to happen. CWB is correct - we don't change our neighborhoods and our lives to respond to criminal crap - we stop the criminal crap at the root.

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    1. Thank you, The Riz! We always had Wrigley Field, the late night bars and the late night trains. But we never had the late night (and broad daylight) jumpings, beatings and robberies like we do now. So what has changed? Crime spiked since 2007. We need to look at what changed since 2007 and afterwards.

      We need more cops, more convictions w/ longer prison sentences, more accountability by social service agencies, bars and Wrigley Field as well. We have some of the usual types of crime, but MANY different ones we never saw before. It needs to be acknowledged and addressed by our so-called leaders/politicians regardless of the price. Also, by the social service agencies and the police brass.

      Together, we can change this. But only if everyone is on the same page.

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    2. I don't think we are talking about shutting down the bars all together. Only limiting their serving hours to when enough police resources are available, and they are not in RAP status all night. This could be a temporary measure until we stop the criminal crap "at the root." BTW - What is the root?

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    3. The root problem begins in economically-impoverished neighborhoods. Of course, given that politicians and community leaders seem to have zero idea how to fix that, we get into police coverage. Get us back to where we should be there, and all this will go down to where it was.

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    4. Limiting bar hours solves nothing. As long as Rahm is Mayor Chicago will never have enough Police. The problem is Rahm. Why is that so hard to accept? More beat cops would = less crime. Years ago I saw lots of Police on Halsted and Clark. Not today.

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    5. I don't think I have ever seen a pro Rahm comment on this blog. BTW - What bar do you own?

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    6. Anonymous said "I don't think I have ever seen a pro Rahm comment on this blog. BTW - What bar do you own?"

      We notice that you didn't submit a pro-Rahm comment to test your observation. Give it a whirl next time.

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    7. Guess which ones I own?

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  13. Has Uptown changed in forty years???not that I have seen....what makes anyone think more cops will change a neighborhood for the better?...Chicago has five of the top 25 worst neigjhborhoods in the country...does anyone think that will ever change?...what's the solution??...Leave the city and state ideally.com

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    1. It has by at least one measure.

      http://crimeinboystown.blogspot.com/2014/01/import-problem-robberies-continue-their.html

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  14. You guys need VIDEO! Start recording this crap and posting it on YouTube, linked from your site. It will be hard for Tunney to deny this crime when its on the interwebs in full HD glory for all to see.

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