Saturday, May 31, 2014

BELMONT: Men, Women, Hookers Mix It Up

Clarke's diner at Belmont and Wilton. Image; New City
Oh, Belmont. The colicky baby of area streets that keeps screaming for attention.

Multiple 911 callers reported a large fight in the street near the Belmont Red Line at 2:40 this morning. One caller reported "50 to 60" people-including members of Belmont's prostitution buffet—fighting near Clarke's diner at the intersection of Belmont and Wilton. A fire department ambulance crew that was called to the scene also radioed for police assistance to quell the action. No arrests.

• About two hours later, police returned to the intersection after officers were asked to assist with a battery in progress inside Clarke's. No one wanted to press charges, so no report has been filed.
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17 comments:

  1. I wonder what the people think that stay at that inn across the street.

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    1. Free entertainment!

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    2. Or never come back and share their Chicago "experience" with others?

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  2. Judging by the naiive tourists who report on Ann athers at Trip Advisors, not much.

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  3. Looking at the "chicagoprostitutionarrests", I do not see a single arrest in the Lakeview area. It's quite a shame as these "ladies of the evening" seem to be multiplying with the warm weather.

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    1. Oh, God, let's hope they're not literally "multiplying," as in the Biblical sense.

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  4. The city has numerous officers lounging around in the park across from Tavern on Rush during the summer but yet they can't find any to have a steady presence at this known crime area? Ridiculous.

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    1. That's because 018 district has twice the officers as 019. Also they have Approximately 40 officers
      Assigned to their entertainment detail while 019 has maybe 5 any given night.

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  5. So, what you are really saying is that no arrests = none of this never happened, and our beloved neighborhood is safer than safe to frolic and play in....but not really.

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    1. Well, kinda sorta......but not really.

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    2. in a round about kind of way.

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  6. Years back the departments prostitution unit would have been called to clean up the problem, I remember about ten years ago they ran a sting and locked up over 30 prostitutes, many charged with felonies. Why don't they do this now? I'm guessing Tunney doesn't want to go after transvestite prostitutes because one phone call from his office and the prostitution unit would be there

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  7. It's all enabling behavior by Rahm and the dems who control the system. There is no longer any law and order people left. The thugs are in control.

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  8. I'll try to keep this concise. In Feb 2011, police conducted a prostitution sting on the 3300 block of N. Halsted arresting 13 (12 males and 1 female). The operation was done at the urging of Ald. Tunney's office.
    I did a FOIA request and received both the incident and arrest reports.
    While some were local (700 blk of Barry, 1200 blk of Leland, 3800 blk of N. Fremont, 900 blk of W. Lakeside Pl,, 4400 blk of Racine, 3000 blk of N. Christiana), others traveled some distance in order to arrive in Boystown.
    1 from Cincinnati, 1 from DesPlaines, 1 from East Hazel Crest, 1 from Country Club Hills, and 6300 blk of S. Fairfield, 7000 blk of S. Kingston, 500 blk of E. 75th, 5000 blk of W. Jackson.
    I then met with 019th dist. cmdr John Kenney asking why didn't CPD conduct a thorough prostitution sting operation and arrest the johns instead of just the hookers. The customers, many of whom are married suburbanites, are released without charges.
    Cmdr became apoplectic babbling on about how the CPD lacked the resources and expertise to conduct a reverse sting operation and actually arrest the customers who actually generate much of the local commercial sex business.
    Now that would be interesting.

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    1. Usually they just want the $ generated from impounding their cars, etc. This is common knowledge across the nation.

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    2. If they want the money from the cars, then they should be going after the johns. But they aren't.

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    3. Easier to grab the low-hanging fruit (hookers) instead of the higher-ups (johns) for whom an arrest for prostitution might prove embarrassing. Phone calls would be made!
      Many of these customers who cruise the streets after dark are educated, well-off men safely ensconced in traditional marriages in distant wards or the 'burbs.
      It might prove messy if professors, and accountants, and public servants, and men of the cloth, and professionals were nabbed for these sordid tawdry offenses, their faces posted on mugshot sites, and their vehicles impounded.
      Instead, easier to put the collar on some young, dumb poor sap that no one gives a damn about who in some cases is trying to survive.
      I'm not defending commercial sex workers but I am criticizing the blatant hypocrisy, bias, and double-standard that allows the sex customers to drive back home with a smile their faces while the hookers sit in the lock-up.
      And for Cmdr. John Kenney to sit at his desk and say that the CPD lacks the resources and expertise to actually arrest the customers of prostitutes is a farce and an insult to the people of the area who care about crime in the 'hood.
      If Chicago police don't know how to police the streets for vice/sex crimes and/or quality of life offenses, then bring in the Cook County Sheriff's police for a couple of nights.

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