Saturday, March 08, 2014

(UPDATED) MUCK OF THE IRISH: Cops Surprised By "Unexpected" Bar Crawl

Top brass of the Chicago Police Department love to tout their Predictive Analytics unit—sometimes called the "Crystal Ball Unit"—which claims to have the ability to predict where homicides will happen before they actually happen.

When they get some spare time, maybe the department will develop the elusive technology needed to predict when Wrigleyville bar crawls will pop up.

19th district officers were caught off-guard Saturday when an estimated 1,000+ revelers poured into Wrigleyville for the 18th annual "Unofficial St. Patrick's Day Crawl." District supervisors say they were not informed of the event in advance.

The "Unofficial" crawl's fallout provides us with a glimpse of what next weekend's main event holds in store:

4:21PM — Ambulance needed at Starbucks across from Wrigley Field for an extremely intoxicated woman.

4:22PM - Detox run. The door to Jamba Juice, Clark and Diversey, is blocked by a "very well-dressed, highly intoxicated man" in a beige coat and green sweater.

4:53PM — A resident of the 3300 block of Sheffield reports that he was just beaten inside of his apartment by a white man who was wearing an American flag hat. The attacker is said to have gone to a nearby bar.

4:54PM - Redmund's bar, just around the corner from the previous man's apartment, reports that someone just kicked in their door. Police arrive and determine that this incident and the previous case are related. A suspect is detained and, despite sustained efforts, he is not able to kick his way out of the squad car's back seat. He is transported to Illinois Masonic. Both cases are recorded in CPD case HX177253.

5:56PM — 13 people are fighting in the street at Clark and Cornelia.

8:04PM — Check the well being of a man in a green t-shirt who's passed out in the doorway at Old Crow Smokehouse, 3506 N. Clark. The man has been hauled away via ambulance by the time officers arrive.

9:07PM — Police are asked to accompany an ambulance to the 3800 block of Wilton, where a 24-year-old man is disoriented and intoxicated. He is trucked away via ambulance, too.

10:56PM — Disturbance at Old Crow Smokehouse

11:00PM — Unknown man is throwing things around inside Pizza Hut, 3009 N. Clark. Assault case HX177586.

11:59PM — Doormen having trouble with a former patron at Sluggers, 3540 N. Clark

12:04AM — Security at Fiesta Cantina, 3407 N. Clark, has a man trying to get back inside after being refused service.

12:08AM — Officers are flagged down for a battery at Rebel Bar & Grill, 3460 N. Clark.

12:48AM — Sluggers manager is calling back. That guy from an hour ago is "antagonizing the bouncers" again.

12:50PM — "Big brawl" at Clark and Roscoe according to multiple callers. A group of Hispanic men are seen fleeing the area eastbound on Newport.

1:11AM — Battery at Sheffield and Waveland.

1:46AM — That security guard at Taco Bell calls for help. Police arrive and determine a battery has occurred. They're careful to point out that the arrestee's head injury came from his "encounter" with the security guard, not them. Battery case HX177662.

This means YOU.
3:16AM — McDonald's in Wrigleyville reports a man taking off his clothes inside their restaurant. He's gone when police arrive.

3:27AM — Police accompany an ambulance to Hydrate, 3458 N. Halsted, after a man falls off the bar while dancing.

iSteal

A man stole the iPad from Artful Frame Studios, 2938 N. Clark around 12:30 yesterday. The thief, described as male, black, 5'10" to 6' tall, and weighing 220 pounds, wore a dark letterman-style sports jacket with patches on it. CPD theft case HX176910.

56 comments:

  1. Deargawd .. and this is a lead up to next weekend?

    And this is priceless:

    "District supervisors say they were not informed of the event in advance."

    Have they heard of informants? Intelligent cops mingling with folks in the bar areas making calculated, casual conversation ..getting a sense of things on the street? Might as well just put a tarot card reader or fortune teller on the payroll. Jeeze, people .. the mentality.. the overwhelming brainpower.

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    1. The Internet works, too. So do those posters advertising the events.

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    2. Jason in ChicagoMar 9, 2014, 9:20:00 AM

      Exactly! And it is a huge problem that the police apparently do not gather information from such easily accessible sources. I believe I saw this crawl mentioned on Redeye's weekend calendar. Inexcusable that no one at 19th took the 30 seconds to peek at that.

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    3. And dear god it's even more horrible to imagine a world where people could police themselves and act like human beings...

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  2. Well, we're not alone. Crazy people .. can't wait to just destroy and make jackasses of themselves in honor of St. Patrick. Any excuse, any rationalization..

    College party turns violent, 43 arrested in Massachusetts

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-usa-massachusetts-arrests-20140308,0,5118885.story

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  3. All of this nonsense is relatively harmless compared to being robbed and beaten on the street by armed thugs.

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    1. It's all harmless until you realize that it is sucking up the dwindling police resources that we DO have.

      Result: When the important stuff happens, even fewer officers are available to launch a proper response.

      Further result: More criminals getting away with their "work" encourages them to return and do it again.

      12% of Wrigleyville/Boystown robbery cases wound up in court last year. No consequences 88% of the time.

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    2. okay junior, keep that thought after you get tuned up by COH patrons for your smart phone and loose change and your call goes RAP because some intoxicated imbecile and his invisible pet rabbit trying to get back into SLUGGERS is taking up the available CPD manpower at that moment. but you go right on ahead and keep those "harmless" thoughts percolating.

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    3. The city should allow off duty police to ride along with CFD. This would prevent needing a bt car every time CFD might have a situation.

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  4. Amateur hour on Clark St

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    1. Every year. It's amateur weekend. Or weekendS, this year apparently.

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  5. Here's a thought, why not post signs on Clark street allowing public brawling? It's going to happen anyway so why utilize police resources? Trust me after the first few hospital trips the young lads and lasses might think twice about getting into a fight hoping the police will come save their sorry behinds. Personal responsibility... You got yourself into it, you get yourself out of it.

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    1. Was thinking the same thing. Police won't come for a home invasion unless its in progress so post signs saying "Brawl away! Do not call police unless 2 or more knocked out cold!"

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  6. Just a sample of what is to take place here in the area next weekend and being down 125 or so Police Officers in the district won't help. Just a word to the party goers . . green vomit on your shirt or dress is NOT attractive.

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  7. All the people who think this is harmless try living close to here or come take a stroll down Clark strew after 11:00 on a warm Saturday night. People get seriously hurt and sometimes killed during these street brawls.They also escalate to the use of weapons. Then look at the crowd that walking up and down Clark at this time. Gang bangers! You can't just ignore a serious situation like this, or can you? It only gets worse and it has got rapidly worse over the last year. Wait until something serious happens and it will. Everyone will say, "oh my, how did this get so bad, or why didn't someone address this earlier? It can only get worse now!!

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    1. Who in the hell ever got killed on Clark while taking a stroll on clark?

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    2. Nobody in the past 10 years, that's for sure. Severely pummeled? Sure. Robbed? Yes. Killed? No.

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  8. Who got killed?

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    1. If there were a few casualties, you'd never hear about them anyway. I would think the knife in the chest on Halsted St. was a good attempt (along with the many others) which is reason enough for me to stay away. But if you think this is all l "just debauchery", have a great time!

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    2. No one is getting killed. Come on.

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  9. Start writing the alderman for a referendum to eliminate 4 am bars. Once that's done, work to eliminate the late hour for all liquor licenses on Sat nights. In other words, all bars close at 2 am every night.

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    1. The pub crawl in question took place during the middle of the day on a Saturday.

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  10. There is a business liaison sergeant, a CAPS sergeant and countless officers in the CAPS office. If they did something like police work the rest of the district would not be caught short in these instances. Obviously not much coordination between those offices and the business community.

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  11. Closing all bars at 2 am will do nothing to eliminate the morons causing trouble before 2 am. If you read the story, only 2 of the events even happened after 2 am, and none of them happened after 4 am.

    If you want a dry city, move to Utah.

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    1. Utah is a great state, low taxes, good weather in south east portion of state and Mormons!

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    2. Closing the bars at 2AM and moving to Utah is a false dichotomy. It would only be temporary measure - until police resources return to previous levels. It isn't the same as voting the City dry. Nice propaganda though.

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    3. Closing earlier will attract less people. They'll think twice before jumping in the car in Schaumburg.

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    4. Attracting fewer people = less money in the area = never going to happen, and for good reason. I understand everyone's frustration, but 95% of the people in the area knew they were moving into a party/tourist area of the city before they got here. Wrigley isn't going to be taken down. The city isn't going to shut down or make dry Clark St. or Halsted. College grads aren't going to stop moving into the neighborhood to continue "the good times." We are better served waging a battle on a front other than this one.

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    5. Nice one, Counselor. We are not asking for the City to shut down the bars or make the ward dry, but you are going to continue to frame it that way. We are asking for a reduction in serving hours until police staffing is returned to previous levels. We want to party here, and that is why we moved into this neighborhood. We didn't move here to watch it be destroyed by gangs, greedy social service agencies, and desperate bar owners.

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    6. Several posters on here in other threads have seriously suggested voting the area dry. I am addressing that.

      Further, the city isn't going to do what you suggest, either. There is not any growing epidemic of crime in the area that is obvious to anyone except those of us paying attention. It's simply not a problem at the level that the city will force bars to reduce hours. Maybe if somebody gets killed. Seriously.

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    7. Greedy social service agencies? You can argue unintended consequences. But not greed. Are you saying the current crop of Gordon Gekko's said Wall Street in played out so I am going to leverage the not for profit market? Come on.

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    8. Better word than greed = selfish, hands-off, race baiting. Altho many of the leaders of these agencies are very well paid indeed.

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    9. The Dear Leader of the CoH gets a six figure income and no accountability. You don't need to be a billionaire stock broker to be greedy.

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  12. Tsk tsk tsk, none of this really happened. All of you just *perceived* that these things occurred. And calling the cops or alderman or anyone else won't matter, because when that call is received, it is from *just one person*.

    Yep ... spring or summer 2014 (maybe both) will be the time we record our first murder over here on the party-down streets of Boystown/Wrigleyville. I'm predicting it will happen by July 4th, and I'm also predicting it will draw some attention to the issues in the area, and lastly I'm predicting it will be quickly forgotten until murder #2, and murder #3,. and maybe by the time murder #50 comes along, somebody *might* pay some attention to our area. *Might*.

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    1. Stomper... You've been hitting the hooch again haven't you? 50 murders in boystown? There haven't been 50 murders in this area since Capone

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    2. Hyperbole never got anything taken seriously.

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  13. If any of the a@@holes are being charged with a crime, why not include their picture like those you already post. When the Belmont/Broadway area was having problems with hookers years ago, they were printing pictures of the john's being caught, as I recall. Helped solve the problem. Young "up and coming " in business world might actually start acting like adults if they think they would have their mug shot posted.

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  14. Person commenting about the CAPS office took the words right out of my mouth. Can someone explain how there is an "unofficial" pub crawl requires no notification or licensing through the alderman's office and the 19th District? The event charges a fee to participants so I assume it had to be licensed and approved. How did this slip through the cracks?

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    1. Um... I'm guessing the bars didn't have to notify anyone since they are already licensed to be a bar...

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    2. Take away the 4AM license? The city says . . NO - NO. Do you know what bars pay for that 4 AM license? Double/triple what the 2 AM bars pay. It's all about the almighty dollar with the city. That money could pay for a few extra trees in Blessed Mother Magie's Park. Now, if we could only have one miracle . . .

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    3. Just what kind of "icense " should I get if I want to run a pub crawl?

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    4. suggestions:
      - For all crawls over 50 people a permit is required
      - Permit is $5 per attendee. (City services fee to pay for additional police and clean up of the public way)
      - proof of liability insurance

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  15. I don't blame the Bar Owners. I blame the people that are so immature they can't drink responsibly. If anything I see a problems it's allowing people to do shots.

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    1. Right. Bar owners have nothing to do with people doing shots in their bars.

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    2. And "the last hour is when we make the most money for the evening".

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  16. The pub crawl was one awesome time! I only witnessed one fist fight. The bartenders did have to cut off a few who over-indulged. They were usually in their lower to mid 20's. To those who moved into the area I have to ask, what exactly did you expect????

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    1. We expected that the city would not allow a surge in the number of bars and, more importantly, huge bars that are disguised as "restaurants" to fill the strips; and that the police department would not cut manpower by 25%, thus decreasing the city's ability to provide protection.

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    2. Thank you CB--my thoughts exactly.

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    3. Again I'll say it... I guess we expected people who could police themselves and act like humans... "Just one fistfight" is one too many

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    4. I moved into this neighborhood over 30 years ago and we have never seen this level of trouble. Of course, everyone who moves into an densely populated urban neighborhood with a large number of bars and restaurants knows to expect a lot of activity (and that's one of the qualities people like about city living), but this complete lack of respect for the neighborhood by people coming in from other areas is recent, completely unacceptible and shouldn't be tolerated.

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    5. Just because I live in this neighborhood does not excuse immature and out of line drunks destructing my property and knocking on my windows all weekend. People who party on Clark have the misconception that everyone in the neighborhood parties and doesn't care if they destruct property.

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  17. I live on the 3300 block of Sheffield. That is just scary.

    I can't wait for the St. Patty's day BS and mayhem this weekend. Not.

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  18. oh no not the crystal ball unit.
    I thought that went the way of J-Fled.
    SCC for a while had a field day with Jody and his strategies
    ( though watching the classic
    "decrease in the increase" with the streetlightmarksman was great too)
    I'm surprised that there were any cops around to see it

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  19. Well, it stated that this was the " 18th annual " bar crawl. You would think that someone, after 17 years of this event, would put it on their calender. Maybe even the Crystal Ball unit would have gotten this right.

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  20. A bunch of transplant kids that don't know how to handle their alcohol....par for the course on Clark St. While these incidents are relatively inconsequential, they're distracting valuable law enforcement resources with their drunken drama.

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  21. I attended the Pub crawl. I am from Naperville and we cannot get away with much without being arrested near our bars. The CPD caught a few of us in the alley urinating and they just kinda yelled at us.

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