Sunday, April 13, 2014

THE LIST: Saturday Night In The "Entertainment District"

It would be difficult to do justice to the ridiculousness of last night in paragraph form.

Calls for police service stacked up like cordwood, waiting for officers to become available. In addition to the dedicated "entertainment detail," at least four of the district's 14 active beat cars were tied up on Clark Street, dealing with 25-year-old children.

A Chinese fire drill.
Even calls for help from some Clark Street bars didn't get police responses.

The district was down to its last available car as we begin....

1:05AM: Ambulance is rolling to Circuit nightclub, 3641 N. Halsted, for a battery victim who has cuts to his face. Assigned to "entertainment detail" unit 1967A.

1:05AM: 1967A says that, they are under direct orders to not leave Clark Street.

1:07AM: On Clark Street, a man is threatening employees at McDonald's across from Wrigley Field. 1967A is assigned.

1:07AM: Supervisor over-rules. In addition to not being able to leave Clark Street, 1967A cannot travel north of Addison Street. Reassign the call.

1:21AM: Still waiting for a car to become available for Circuit's battery victim. Oh, and McDonald's, too.

1:27AM: OK. Now it's a battery in progress over at that McDonald's

1:28AM: A car is assigned to McDonald's.

1:29AM: That car at McDonald's needs some help. There's a brawl.

1:30AM: Unit 1967A, finally allowed to venture 100 yards beyond Addison, goes to McDonald's.

1:31AM: Fight at McDonald's is breaking up.

1:38AM: Moe's Cantina wants to speak with the police. They previously called for help when several patrons began fighting. Dispatcher acknowledges that the original call "has time on it."

1:40AM: Disturbance at John Barleycorn.

1:50AM: Fake $20 bill passed at 7-Eleven on Sheffield near Wrigley. Case HX221673

1:52AM: Well, that battery victim from Circuit has been hauled away to Illinois Masonic. Now Circuit wants help because they're holding the two people who beat the guy up. Dispatcher: "We never got a chance to dispatch" the original call from 1:05AM. Battery case HX221648.

2:00AM: Intoxicated woman fighting the staff and refusing to leave John Barleycorn.

2:15AM: Deuces and the Diamond Club, 3505 N. Clark, is holding a battery offender.

2:41AM: A man is seen breaking into a silver car in the 3800 block of Kenmore. An officer who is working alone takes the call, engages in a foot pursuit, and takes the man into custody. Nicely done, officer.

3:21AM: Bloody guy down in the street at Belmont and Kenmore.

3:46AM: Man down, roll EMS. Outside Irish Oak, 3511 N. Clark.

4:32AM: A resident of the 1100 block of Cornelia finds his home's window busted out. Criminal damage case HX221758

4:45AM: Responding to an alarm, officers find that someone tried to break through a couple of sets of doors at Best Buy at 2650 N. Clark. Recorded as criminal damage to property in case HX221783
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43 comments:

  1. What direct orders that they can Not go to Mcdonalds for a call?? Did this entertainment detail do Anything on Clark street last night? Did they not even go to jobs at the bars on Clark street. It sounds like a big joke to me, why are they even out there?? Can they Please get a real Entertainment team together for Clark street before summer really starts. It is only for like 2 blocks to patrol from 3400 to 3600 clark but they have to be out there visible walking the streets. Maybe they should have a bike detail team just for clark and Halsted . Who is in Charge of this District anyways?

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    1. You speak in double talk... First you question why the entertainment car couldn't go to mc Donald's next you say they should patrol 3400-3600 on Clark... Mcdonalds is north of 3600...

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    2. Double talk is your bosses saying that there is an Entertainment detail.
      Not really your fault there was only one or two of your cars working last night.

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  2. Why was that officer at 2:41am working alone?? Did they not get more manpower? He had to chase and catch an offender by himself? Wow glad he's ok and it worked out. Good work officer we Thank You

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    1. Hey, it happens... As it goes if you don't want to work alone on midnights you don't have to, obviously this officer doesn't have an issue working alone

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    2. You are right it does happen there was even a female officer working alone the first half of the night waiting for her partner. But it is your job and if it your day to work should you not be there??

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    3. Um... Do you get to take time off in your work??? Are you trying to say police shouldn't get time off? Are you further saying a female is incapable of working alone??? Pretty low...

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  3. What was this Entertainment detail last night just 1967A???? Are you serious they try to pass off a detail with a car maybe 2 of officers?? Did they let the rest of them take off because sounds like this detail was No help at all last night. Either tell the public you have a Entertainment detail working Clark street or tell them there is not enough officers to have it don't try the old smoke and mirrors trick on us.

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    1. They have been doing nothing for nearly a year while the beat cars work their tails off. Poor supervision and safety. Nice job commanding commander! What a crew. No wonder people are leaving the district.

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    2. They are shorthanded onlyba 6 man team, 4 of which are on furlough aka vacation. They can only do so much folks

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  4. The officer at 2:41am had a female partner at the start but she put in time to leave 41/2 hours on end of her shift. On a Saturday night when the bars are open till 5am? Why the bosses would approve this I don't know. Glad you were safe officer and Good job on the arrest. We salute you and your hard work :)

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    1. Again... So are you trying to say police who work crappy hours can't get time off??? She came into work... Maybe she has a child who had a birthday party in the morning and she wanted to sleep... God I'm getting a little tired of all these people who do not work the hours chiming in on what others should or should not do...

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    2. She had a child with a Birthday party? The next day?
      Are you kidding me?? Then quit if you can't work this job, these day, these hours if you would rather be home with your family and have no job.
      You get day off every week, just plan things out better, thousands of officers have the same situation, family, kids, bad hours, but love having a job.

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    3. Wow, what a jag off response. I hope to god you never have to take a day off of work. Family comes first before any job, no matter what. People aren't allowed to take off of work ever I guess by you're reasoning. Sometimes a coppers days off fail in the middle of the week. Yeah, perfect days to have a party. You must not have any kids or family.

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    4. Yes, she may have had a child's birthday party on a Sunday. Imagine that! I've never been to a birthday party on a Sunday, or a first communion, or anniversary or any other type of party. Your callous response shows one reason some cops become so jaded against the public, you are the ones who always complain about police doing nothing until you get caught speeding then they are abusing their powers. A great many commenters on this site have renewed my faith in the public and I have hope that things are going to turn around. People like you make my faith waiver...

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  5. 1:07AM: Supervisor over-rules ????
    What if someone got hurt because you won't go down the block?
    And if they have this detail on clark that won't leave there post? Why are all these patrol cars also needed over there also? How about you make a bigger detail or more of these teams to handle Clark street without holding up patrol cars? Wake up it sounds like there is no Order, Nobody in charge, Nobody really cares. Till somebody really gets hurt elsewhere in the district because all the cars are down on Clark st. and you have no backup.

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    1. We can't be certain, but it's possible that the incident that began as an assault at 1:07AM and went unassigned for 20 minutes *did* escalate due to non-response. Hard to know.

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  6. Here is an idea boss man. Get together a real Entertainment detail at least 2 of your tact teams for Clark street. And they need to be working the weekends now, that means Thursday, Friday, Saturday till the end of summer. It would be in your best interest before something bad happens to an officer or the public with the crowds and drunks on Clark each and Every weekend. Ask for outside help if you just can't handle it, but you need to do something.

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    1. Genius! Let's see how that works... Tact team officers are all volunteer, meaning they don't have to work tact. Take away their weekends and make them stand out in chaos and guess what? They will just leave the assignment. Ask for more help from outside? They can't even keep people in the district from bidding out where is the help going to come from?

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    2. You are right, if you can't wear plain clothes, your tight jeans and tight shirts out there and have to go back and wear a uniform like a real officer, better just go back then Champ. And Yes work the weekends when you are needed for the bars, you chose this job, Remember?

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    3. Wow your response shows how little you really know, the tact officers assigned to entertainment team ARE in uniform on the weekends, thanks for trying there sporty...

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  7. At least 4 beat cars tied up on Clark street?? Why?
    Isn't that why there is an Entertainment detail so the beat cars can handle jobs on there beat throughout the district?

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  8. But the department is at full staff? How can this be!

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  9. Might as well start deputizing bouncers and give the bars police powers.

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  10. Time for a Tunney "Take Back The Neighborhood" march with a police bus park on 3500 block of north Clark.
    That will scare those rascals--just like it did on Halsted !

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  11. The problem is a lack of police as Rahm believes he cannot be beat and he does control the media. Rahm would much rather spend tax dollars to reward developers who donate to him like the whole foods deal in Englewood, the children's memorial deal and the latest apartments in the south loop. He must be defeated or we will never be safe.

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  12. vote lakeview dry

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    1. Oh that would be just great. I was about to open up a bar called Four Blood Moons. If it wasn't for bad luck I would have no luck at all.

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    2. Riiiiight. Because what we really need is a bunch of vacant storefronts so even more serious crime can flourish.

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  13. City life is not a "sit-com" kids. Too many reruns of 'Friends', 'Sex and the City' and 'Seinfeld' make white 20-something [up to 40 even] kids think cities are a 'hook up playground' to 'get wasted every weekend' without consequences . Taxes will have to go up for more cops, if you want a young [not forever you know] urbanist's 'Utopia'.

    Bars should hire more security too, and cut off the crowd numbers.

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  14. 100% true about the so called "entertainment team." This is a complete sick joke what is going on with the "fake entertainment team." The fact is there really is no team to speak of. It's one Sgt. and maybe 5-6 P.O.'s at best or less cause they are always given time off on weekends. Then they hold themselves down on a "fake robbery mission" casuse they want no part of Clark. They respond to nothing and look for any reason to do nothing while the district is completely swamped. Beat cars get sent to Clark all night because the enter. team won't respond to jobs or help out. The whole point of the team is to be visible on foot, but these 4-5 guys are in CD hiding in unmarked cars. No one sees them especially the public. This has been an issue since last summer and they still have not addressed the entertainment team. No one can make a simple decision. The commander even called in the 18th district entertainment teams(yes plural 3 teams) for ideas and still nothing has happended. In fact, the 19th district does the opposite of what the 18th does. The whole thing is beyond laughable. This team is just wasting space. Refusing to go to a call 100 feet away is a disgrace! It wouldn't matter if the team had 20 P.O.'s because they aren't doing what they should be. They should be on foot, in uniform, staying visible, and responding to problems. It's that simple! They do none of that! Hello, visibility is a deterent! Even a fool understands that. Just because it says you have an entertainment team on paper doesn't mean you do. Sad and embarrassing leadership.

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    1. YES well said, so very true.
      And if the truth hurts anyone oh well.
      You my friend should be in the meetings of what to do about Clark streets and Entertainment details

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    2. I'm sure they wouldn't listen and would continue hiding the tiny entertainment team. The brass know what to do they just won't do it. This has been going on for a long time. It's a slap in the face to all watch guys including sgts and LTS.

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  15. 018th district entertainment team has 45 officers assigned to it. 019th district entertainment team has between 5 to 10 officers assigned to it. no comparison

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    1. Yeah and 019 has much larger crowds, more bars and a MLB ball park. Unbelievable that 019 has 1 team of 6 that don't even do what they are supposed to. 018 district team are on foot and visible.

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    2. The entertainment team is in uniform and is only a sgt and 5 cops. Do you know why? because it is a voluntary assignment and NO ONE wants to work it. Would you? Would you want to be dealing with all the nonsense on Clark St day after day. Several people have already left that team because of that assignment. If the district had all its manpower, the overnight shift could be beefed up to the point that 8-10 officers would be assigned to Clark St as their foot post. But that's not going to happen with manpower levels in effect today.

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  16. Yes, it's all the cops fault. If I were one, I couldn't wait to get the fuck off of duty in that area either.

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  17. Bring these concerns about the entertainment detail to the next CAPS meeting, and watch Vulgaris squirm and try to turn it around and cite useless adjusted data to cover his tail. Ditto Tunney who will only say you're one person. Both will work the word "perception" into their response. I can almost guarantee it!!!

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  18. I'd like to point out that there are many here complaining about police tactics... What about personal responsibility? What about blaming the idiots causing the chaos??? If these idiots didn't treat every weekend as their own personal spring break then maybe the police could actually do things like hunt for actual criminals and not have to babysit "Winetka" Waldo and his girlfriend "Homer Glen" Helen... Further voting the area dry is dumb but why do we as a community not seek to go after the licenses of the major headaches in the area? If we know bars that overserve why do we allow them to stay?

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  19. Bottom line is no one will volunteer for the entertainment team. They need to go reverse seniority and make the guys with no time on the job work this detail. There are officers on probation in 19 that only work afternoons. They should be on midnights and working the entertainment detail. The probationary officers should be working Clark St/Halsted.

    There are FTO (field training officers) in 19 assigned to afternoons. They should be on midnight's too. The FTO's don't even have enough time to bid to afternoons. Don't like midnights, then don't collect the extra pay.

    There are maybe two decent officers currently on the entertainment team and their services would be better served on an actual tact team. The rest are goofs that got bounced from other teams and have never done any time on midnights. Good luck ever finding the entertainment detail. They are never full strength and only work a few hours a night, literally. Your tax dollars support a team that only works maybe 4 hours max.

    Don't believe me, buy a scanner and listen which ent car answers calls at what time. I bet you wont hear them overlapping each other because they're not out there at the same time.

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  20. Stop blaming the cops, you allowed the merger of 19 & 23. BIG Failure!

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  21. Ridiculous, my friend came in from Virginia to spend the weekend here, parked his car on Broadway and Melrose in front of Melrose Diner at 11:00pm, came back to his car in the morning and found that it had been burglarized. His doors were locked but now his lock on the driver side is busted. They emptied everything out of the glove compartment and center console as well as looked through the trunk. Luckily there was nothing worth taking in his car but this is just ridiculous.

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  22. I keep looking at the chart on the top of your page about the decline in police manpower since the merger. I can only wonder if many of the problems discussed above would be mitigated if the police district had its full complement of officers. I can only assume that the additional 100...yes that is 100 more officers it should have would make a difference. We all have to start flooding the media, the mayor's office and the alderman with out outrage.

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