Friday, June 06, 2014

FIGHT NIGHT: Brawls Across Boystown, Belmont Overnight; "Entertainment Detail" Absent

Funny story. A couple of weeks ago, a local reporter emailed us to ask if we thought we would repeat our 2013 recommendation that people consider Belmont Avenue a "no go zone" after 8PM during Pride Week. We told him that we didn't know. We'd have to see how things developed.

Here's how things developed this morning:

1:47AM - They're fighting in front of Progress Bar at Halsted and Roscoe.

Fantasy Land.
2:07AM - Multiple calls of a large group fighting on the street at Halsted and Roscoe. The police department's much ballyhooed "Entertainment Detail"—which is really about 6 people—has no officers assigned to Halsted Street tonight.

2:09AM - Fight behind the Sherwin Williams store at Halsted and Aldine.

2:57AM - Okay. The fun has moved to Belmont. Fighting on the street at the Belmont Red Line.

2:58AM - You knew this was coming. A robbery victim is hiding in the bathroom of a Subway restaurant near the Belmont Red Line. It is not clear which of the two nearby Subways. The victim was chased into the restaurant by four offenders who are described only as black males, one of whom is shirtless. The victim lost his book bag to the four after they implied that they had a weapon.

3:01AM - Officers at Belmont Red Line call for more cars.

3:02AM - Still need more units at the Belmont Red Line.

3:11AM - Robbery victim "wants nothing done" by police.

Note to self: Get back to that reporter next week.
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28 comments:

  1. We keep hearing from the police and the aldermen about how we have no laws against loitering, but gangs of thugs brawling on the streets of the neighborhood all night long can hardly be considered "loitering."

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    1. Michael, what would you suggest? The entertainment team is about 6 people. Loitering laws have been found unconstitutional, but even if they still existed let's say the police rounded up say 10 thugs. Well that's at least 4 officers at a minimum off the streets to process the arrests. Reports need to be done, property inventoried, prisoners searched, etc,etc. then a wagon has to be called to transport those offenders to the lock up, because Rahm closed the brand new one on Addison. Meanwhile there are 10 less thugs out there but still 100 more out causing problems but less police there to do ANYTHING about it.

      On a side note, if three thugs want to fight three more thugs and both sides consent, it's not illegal, unless an outsider feels their safety was endangered and wants to sign complaints against the group.

      If you feel frustrated then join the everyday beat cop, liberal laws and hatred and mistrust of the police have given tremendous power to these criminals. Until the pendulum starts to swing back to the side of law, citizens will suffer...

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    2. I'm no expert, just trying to think of a solution. Can't a person be held for 48 hours without being charged? Just round up the groups of assholes for disturbing the peace. Search em at the station, if they have anything illegal or warrants, charge them immediately, if not, well hold them for 2 days to "investigate."
      Don't bring any charges.
      Repeat every single night.
      Once these idiots realize that the will be in jail 60% of their lives without even being charged, they might stop.

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    3. Well, you're right about the not being an expert thing.

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    4. CWB, thank you for responding to that uninformed response, can you say "lawsuit"?

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    5. Don't deny that CPD could arrest anyone in an instant with a simple "public nuisance" charge if they so desired, no matter the occasion. They'd be not only attacked but then sued if they dare tried to keep any law and order on Halsted St. though.

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  2. Starting right now, this minute, hound the alderman (or whomever takes and screens his calls and emails) with questions about this. He publicly promised the detail, going so far as to post it on his Facebook page. Ask why this detail was not out last night (and it has not been out on several nights, so far this warm season) and whether it will be out tonight, and tomorrow night, and the next night, and especially the Sunday night after the pride parade, when this neighborhood for the past three years has completely become a war zone. It will be hard to surpass the shenanigans and vandalism and thuggings and muggings of last year on the Sunday night following the afternoon parade, but it will happen, just watch. Hold this milk-toast and extremely weak "alderman" accountable!!!

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    1. Tunney will just say he is "working closely" with the CPD.

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  3. Damn, I wanted to record this but the memory was full on my cell phone. Thursday and Sunday nights are the best!

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    1. The good news is that when your cell phone is stolen, you will be able to get a new one with plenty of memory.

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    2. I only carry cheap cell phones in Chicago.......for obvious reasons.

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  4. A victim who won't file a report does absolutely nothing to help his or her community. In fact, he or she is actively causing harm. This is not blaming the victim for the crime perpetrated upon them, but is blaming the victim for not helping solve the problem after the fact. The folks at City Hall fudging crime numbers have it easy when you have a victim without a crime.

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  5. All of you people calling the police, if you will not even sign a complaint, why should the police risk their lives for you? And all of you non-signers, I don't want to hear any more of your complaints about crime and/or the police OK?

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    1. The police are more than happy to come take care of a situation without people filing paperwork, methinks.

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    2. @Anon. The police never discourage the victim from filing a report either? yeah right!

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    3. Actually that rarely happens The police will explain things to you and if you choose to sign or not is up to you. Dont blame anyone for your decisions.

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  6. Entertainment detail is 10 officers and less on most nights, furloughs, time off, medical. The 18th district rush street area has 40 officers, YES, 40 OFFICERS!!!!!! compared to 6 on an average night! Who is taking this serous, not the city, brace yourself residents its going to be a violent summer.

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    1. 41 if you count the superintendent at the bar in Gibsons. I keed. I keed. Actually, you are spot on.

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  7. Someone sprayed mace inside Progress bar last night which instigated the fight outside. Everyone in the bar was affected & the bathroom was full of people vomiting. It was awful.

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    1. Sounds like a nice place. I guess all the fancy lights and the owner's wealth isn't doing much for safetly

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  8. The entertainment team is still a joke. No manpower. They hide. And still work very few hours. It's a sad situation.

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    1. They refuse to go to Halsted. These "Clark" street boundaries are not official and were implemented by the entertainment team.

      It is true that there is not enough of them. On Weekends, there should be 10 on Halsted and 10 on Clark St. During the week they could do with less and focus on the primary robbery locations.

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    2. Ok Officer, keep up your bitterness. Just do your job, and no Clark st. was not implimented by the Entertainment team, it was put into effect by EV and BL. There are E team cars on Halsted but they are new to district and rather sleep in their cars instead of doing any good. Please someone take a pic of the losers if you catch em

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    3. It is a joke they don't do their job, they hide they take time getting to the fights, they leave early.
      Why have them??? They still pull beat cars to go do there jobs anyways.
      What a waste, it will never change, never get better..

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    4. What is that old Flxible Metro Police bus that the idiots parked on Halsted last year, empty, like it would scare the thugs away as much as a Sherman Tank ?

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    5. Kinda like the dune buggies were good for the tourists to see/hear too.

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  9. Or how about we close Berlin big city tap and cheesies at 2 am and make that liquor store close at 2am with the rest.

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