Tuesday, May 06, 2014

AGENDA: CAPS And Court

The monthly Chicago Police Department CAPS meeting for Wrigleyville and Boystown will be tomorrow night, Wednesday, at 7PM in the 19th district police station's community room.

CAPS meetings are good opportunities to ask questions, get evasive answers, and watch your alderman stare blankly when you ask him who we should contact to complain about the district's gross understaffing problem.



A conversation topic that we'd suggest bringing up? Well, other than the usual stuff, what will be different at this year's Pride Parade? What is the police department doing to prevent a repeat of last year's near-riot conditions in the post-parade evening hours? Will entrances be limited and alcohol checkpoints set up as the commander urged in the wake of last year's cluster?

Of course, the real question should be, what are the parade organizers doing to prevent a repeat, but we already know what their answer will be: "Those unfortunate incidents were unrelated to the parade. The parade ended hours earlier."

CAPS meetings are good for one thing: meeting neighbors who share concerns about neighborhood safety issues. If anything good ever comes out of these CAPS meetings, it will be because the people on the audience side of the room take it upon themselves to do it.

Other CAPS meetings for nearby areas:
• Beat 1933 (blue on the map) meets Tuesday, May 13, at 6:30PM in Illinois Masonic Medical Center. 836 W. Wellington. The reception desk will point you in the right direction.
• Beats 1934 and 1935 (green on the map) meets next Thursday, May 15, at the Inn of Lincoln Park, 601 W. Diversey. 7 o'clock.

Court Advocacy

The 19th district's court advocacy program aims to have a big turnout at court hearings for people accused in cases deemed important to the community.

According to Alderman Tom Tunney's office, the advocates are "following Michael Stephens’ case. He was charged with attempted burglary on March 26, 2014 at 3020 N. Waterloo Court. This is one of three pending burglary cases against him. The next court date is May 13th at Skokie in room 107."

If you are interested in becoming part of the court advocacy program, email Tunney's office.
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24 comments:

  1. Excellent point about asking questions, re: post-pride parade Sunday, and the near-riot conditions of last year (and the year before that as well, really.) We need to show up en masse, in force, and DEMAND answers of the commander and the alderman. There will only be one more CAPS meeting after this one, prior to the parade. I hate to say it, but I am predicting something truly bad will happen this year, given the escalation of crap over the past two years on the Sunday night after the parade (and I mean, late late, as in after midnight and going through the entire night.) Many of you will recall a total absence of police personnel along Halsted Street last year during the night post-parade, and many of you will also recall that shortly after the event, at the next week's CAPS meetings, our illustrious alderman Tiny Tommie Tunnie yelled at constituents, stated that a constituent was "just one person," and so on. Do we want or need a repeat of this fiasco this year? No, we do not. What we DO need is answers and reasoned responses from those in "leadership" positions. Be prepared, Elias and Tom, you WILL be facing the music Wednesday night in the form of polite/professionally presented, but quite pointed, questions.

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    1. You have no means to "DEMAND" answers. Get over yourself. If they don't want to answer, they won't.

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    2. Thanks, asshole. Let's all just take our balls and go home.

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    3. As a taxpayer who pays taxes of right at $22,000 a year ...yes, I have a right to demand answers. You do, too.

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    4. So, where was everybody tonight? Home watching Survivor? Big talk on here, so I go and no horde of angry residents DEMANDING answers. Next time...

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  2. Professionally videotape all the crap that goes on after the pride parade and post it on youtube and wherever else you can and link it to as many sites as you can. Get millions of viewers and embarrass the hell out of Mayor Emanuel. Let the world see how out of control crime is in Chicago and scare the valuable tourist away from Chicago - that will get Rahm's attention.

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    1. I think you have a good idea. I think public embarassment is the only way top get Rahm's attention. Perhaps then he will try to save face and actually DO something to curb the crime.

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    2. Why limit that to the parade? Film the mess on Clark Street on Friday and Sturday nights. Film the gangs of thugs who come in and camp out all night on Halsted, and film the COH crowd marauding the neighborhood.

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    3. Great idea! Film all the crap going on and post it everywhere and share it with everyone you know. The more the truth gets out, the better. I just hope the thugs don't steal the cameraman's camera.

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    4. I'd wear a GoPro on a bicycle Helmet, at least you won't drop it running for your life!!!

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  3. Very good suggestion, spend a couple hundred bucks on a professional videographer and editor, and place a 5 minute video on youtube entitled, "Halsted after the parade 2014."
    the results will work wonders & make people who should of addressed the problem, shake in their boots. Oh wait, crime is down, as they say month after month and year after year. the crime is all in your imagination they say. put it in video, and see what excuses the people at the top say then!

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  4. How about juxtaposing the mayhem with clips of Garry and Rahm talking about how crime is down in Chicago...good way to show how out of touch or dishonest they are.

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  5. The matter has nothing to do with "balls." It has to do with brains. Public mean-spirited confrontations with politicians accomplish nothing. The accuser, rather than the politician, ends up looking like the fool.

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    1. Good point. A lot of the folks posting here do the same re their overly sarcastic commentary.

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    2. Billyjoe, if you happen to use Twitter, we recommend following @AvoidComments for daily reminders that, among other things, Albert Einstein NEVER read Internet comments.

      It's a good, daily reminder.

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  6. Unfortunately it's a waste of time to go to these meetings because we are made out to be the crazy people. The politicians could care less about what we think. It also does no good to be making movies because we will be the only ones watching them. The politicians have the media in their back pockets as puppets so movies would get no play. The best thing we could do is vote for someone different than the typical liberal failure that has ruled Chicago for decades - until that happens, it will be ssdd (same shit different day).

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    1. I disagree....videos do go viral, and the message will get out. I'm sure Rahm & company will do their best to try to suppress them, but social media can't stop it.

      I think the best way to get the help we need, and to get rid of the lawlessness that has infiltrated our area is to PUBLICLY SHAME the mayor, aldermen and police. The truth is ugly. Let's shame our idiot mayor.

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    2. I disagree, too. Google "Halsted Street stabbing 2011". The first thing you'll see is a Youtube video that got the neighbors' attention and brought hundreds (500?) to a town meeting. If not for this, I'd have never known the crap that goes on to this degree especially after hours.

      I also totally disagree with people like you who poo-poo others' attempts to do something...like videotape or DEMAND answers at CAPS meetings. You are not helpful. Yes, the obvious is to not vote for the same people like Rahm and Tunney, but too many people are still unaware of the reason for our chaos and need to be woken up. Why not join our efforts instead of stomping on them? What ideas do you have?

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    3. It really angers me when I hear those say it's the failing of "liberals" who cause these problems. I consider myself a liberal but I, like many other like me, detest what Rahm and Tunney are doing with this city and neighborhood. If you want to play that way, conservatives are not guilty free of corruption either!

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    4. You are correct, there is conservative corruption as well. However what most of us conservatives are speaking about is right here in Chicago. There has been a democratic dynasty for well over 4 decades and absolute power corrupts absolutely. It's time to vote out the ruling party, and as a conservative I'd consider republican, libertarian, green, hell any other party than the status quo... This town, and the "ruling party" needs a kick in their panties...

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  7. Why don't we contact a national news outlet and let them know we smell a story, have them come out and do it!

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  8. Videos that go viral are a great idea!!!
    When everyone starts calling Chicago "Chiraq" and "Murder Capital USA", Rahm will have to do something.
    And regarding the local media ignoring these videos....here's how it works.
    The NYTimes (and other big city papers) will write about what's going on in Chicago and the Chicago Tribune will play follow the leader.

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  9. Someone well versed in social media should set up a youtube channel, facebook page, twitter and instagram accounts, and ask people to submit videos and photos of trouble they are able to record going on in the neighborhood whether it's the seedy thugs hanging out on Halsted after dark, the Clark Street crowd fighting and causing the mayhem every weekend and the activities around the COH, Crib, etc. Centralize them and get them out to as wide an audience as possible. Be relentless about it.

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    1. Michael, this is an excellent idea. And don't forget the Broadway Youth Center shenanigans on Wellington and Broadway.

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