Sunday, June 29, 2014

PROUD?: Squad Cars Pummeled By Rowdy Spectators

UPDATE JUNE 30TH: Video of the police car dance is now up, also from @runningwithcf
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At least two Chicago police cars were heavily damaged by rowdy crowds along Halsted Street during this afternoon's Pride Parade.  @runningwithcf sent these photos out on Twitter, showing a huge crowd swarming an unattended squad car at Halsted and Aldine around 2:30PM.

Another squad car was similarly manhandled a block north at Halsted and Buckingham.

One arrest was made for criminal damage to city property in connection with the Aldine incident. (Case HX323835)





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65 comments:

  1. Pics like this make me feel good about staying indoors instead of dealing with drunken assholes for the parade.

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    1. Amen, Anonymous. I'm doing the same thing. Sheltering in place. These helicopters are going to make me crazy, though, as well as all the loud, drunken morons wandering by.

      It is kind of frightening, though, that if this kind of shit is already happening at 2-3pm, what does the rest of the day/night have in store? There's another 12 hours of this drunken bs, easily, and it's only going to get worse.

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    2. Meanwhile most of us have to go to work tomorrow, so getting a good night's sleep won't happen. Yay "Pride!"

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    3. At 5 p.m. I had to venture just outside my door because the dog was whining to pee, and what did I see? Two women staggering down the street (I live on a side street) while simultaneously taking huge swigs from oversized beer bottles. They take steps to avoid this crap after Cubs games, why is Pride sacrosanct? Because the gays will cry, Unfair! Discrimination! I'm gay. I'm just asking for Chicago to make this event something other than the threat to the neighborhood, and the threat to safety and property that it has become. Oh and I HATE the helicopters as well, reminds me of that Geico plane that was flying too low all summer long last year for Cubs games.

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    4. Anonymous - they have tried to reduce drinking at the parade by issuing fines (up to $1000) to people caught drinking. They bars are also now prohibiting any alcohol from leaving the establishments. The gays generally don't cry "unfair" unless people like you make ignorant comments that infringe on our rights. By the sounds of it, your bitter attitude toward the parade, the Cubs, helicopters and Geico make me think that perhaps YOU should have a drink to relax.

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    5. The "gays", as you called them, are the first to cry unfair for just about everything. Tell me, is it "your right" to walk down the street drinking, like the two people described? I'm so tired of the excuse, "it's our day". My rights were infringed by the giant shit show that took place today. The behavior today was inexcusable, and yet, you'll somehow try to justify it, and say that I'm intolerant. I guess public drinking, fights, public urination, jumping on police cars, blocking up the traffic, and the general disregard for the basic laws is only bad when it's the Cubs playing, huh? Ok if you're at the gay parade though.

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    6. No one has a right to not see drunk people or fights. I agree it shouldn't happen, but using the phrase "right" is extremely loaded and probably not accurate to this case.

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  2. What a bunch of g*d-damn idiots. This city is struggling to keep its head above water and these people destroy a cop car. What a way to show "Pride". Just another example of how Pride has been hijacked by the masses and is no longer representative of what it supposed to be about.

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  3. What a bunch of merry idiots.

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  4. That can't be blamed on the usual thugs...unfortunately it's people who came to watch the parade and join in whatever they call fun....

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    1. Thugs come out in mass after midnight.

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  5. It looks like the same crowd as last year thet trampled the cop car on Broadway.

    Remember when it was the "Gay Pride parade"? Now it's just a catch-basin for dregs of society to trash a neighborhood. I only walked through it then left, but as with last year I'd say the crowd was easily 65% straight.

    It's lost its meaning, and maybe it's time to retire the whole thing. I can tell you, a few more years like this and you'll begin to see the politicians and businesses avoid it.

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    1. 65% might be a bit of an undercount. I always thought the parades as of late were >80% straight. It's one thing I missed about the parades of ol': people were felt empowered and proud of who they were and didn't get shitfaced and destroy things.

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    2. I agree that the crowds are about 80% straight. And 100% of the police-car-dancers are straight as well. Looks like Naperville brats to me who certainly should know better. I can't imagine thinking it would be OK to dance on a police car, much less anyone's car!

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  6. And to think the cops wouldn't let me cross the street to buy my medication :(

    Why do we allow this parade to happen if it is for the personal financial gain of the "organizers"?

    I am proudly gay and truly resent the senseless political and financial exploitation of my lifestyle.

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    1. I think that's just a symptom of acceptance

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  7. I am from a generation that would never disrespect any car, much less a police car. These pics are perfect examples that this parade is no longer about pride or even about being gay...just a bunch of drunk assholes with a mob mentality. Let's make this the last year, nobody will miss this mess.

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  8. Same thing happened last year to a squad car alongside Stella's.
    Realistically speaking, what do the cops think is going to happen on a day like today when they park a car there in Ground Zero unattended ?

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  9. Unbelievably brazen! Clearly they have no fear of (never mind respect for) any kind of authority. Not even those who can arrest them. This is our future in many ways, I hate to say.

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  10. This has become a compete and total embarrassment from what it once was. The essence of gay pride has been take over and destroyed by drunken idiots who have no concept of what this represents for our community and the struggle of gay people everywhere to have a voice in all aspects of life. What true, poignant and heartfelt messages there are concerning gay identity are brazenly ignored by these morons. What a shame.

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    1. The Parade hasn't been about gay pride for a few years in my opinion. It's been about getting drunk and being in a parade. Only a slim percentage has any idea as to what it means to have struggled and felt oppressed.

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    2. It's about $$$$$$$. Many of those workers on that strip despise Walmart and Donald Trump but wouldn't miss this opportunity for their own mothers funeral.

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  11. All is good at the parade according to the "mainstream" media outlets. Rahm and Tunney are smiling like a cat that ate a big ass canary.

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    1. Richard Pfeiffer is smiling too, all the way to the bank!

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  12. Anyone against this parade is just one person and you have absolutely no reason going to a caps meeting to question what was learned from last year so it wouldn't be reoeated

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  13. I stayed inside all day. I just now ventured out, 5:55pm, and stood inside my fence and locked gate on my property on an east-west residential street between Broadway and Halsted. I found a ton of trash on the sidewalk waiting for me (I guess) to pick up later. I had a drink thrown on me. Two "women" passed and said rude things to me. Two shirtless skinny white boys were copulating in the driveway next door. I just came back inside and I think I will stay inside until tomorrow sometime. Then I'm going to start researching where else I can live, because after 18 years, this neighborhood has evolved into a shit-hole and it's abundantly clear nobody cares, and it will only get worse.

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    1. North Western Arizona. North Eastern Tennessee. Port Saint Joe Florida. Glad you made it home safe. Now go live and enjoy life some where any where but here.

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    2. I also live on an east-west street between Broadway and Halsted. And I'm also looking into moving. It's been enough already.

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    3. I worked today and as an officer who works the district I can say I am sorry for you... I really am. I wish there was a way to get to everyone who needed us, but there just was not a way to get to everyone. In fact if you lived east of the parade I am really sorry because no one could get to you! I support gay rights, I understand the parade, but for the safety of the neighborhood it is time to move it elsewhere! Let the suburbanites flock to grant park while the gay community calmly sits at the neighborhood bars and watches the television for the sh#t show...

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    4. Thank you for getting out there and giving it your all on a true sh#t show. Many readers don't realized that our officers had to do their normal work today throughout the district . At this point on Sunday night, that "normal work" included 3 to 4 people being shot in Uptown and a major clusterfunk at Montrose Beach.

      Thank you.

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    5. cluster fuck is right. no 1900 on the zone when happened. ALS fire was a long shot for the women.

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  14. It is unfortunate that this parade has become such a sh!t show. I agree this is no longer about pride but about the "organizers" making money for.their cronies and you know who they are. What kind of pride are you referring to when all people really seem to care about is naked drunken people so they can post it under the label "happy pride" on fb.

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  15. disgraceful..................................nothing says pride like violence and destruction... just disgraceful

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  16. I wonder if those chics with their little clipboards asked them if they were registered to vote. I got hit up by 2 within 10 minutes and left.

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  17. No Respect For The Law Parade. With my tax dollars I helped pay for that car. Fucking ass holes." Look at me on my face books on top of the police"

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    1. So, two damaged cars further reducing police coverage in 019. Thanks suburban assholes.

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  18. Any way we can email a list of these comments to the local media and Tooney? I doubt they ever access CBW.

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  19. And the on lookers all say Daaaaaam!

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  20. You know I love this blog I really do. This blog is informative and gives the people in lakeview a voice. I have to say this. I have read this blog for months and I have read complaint after complaint by citizens on how bad the area has become and how something have to be done. Unite and do something about it. Seriously the power is in the hands of the citizens. I don’t know the traffic of this blog but I do know it has power. You as citizens have the power to change all of this. The reason I am saying this is because: I work at a bar in the lakeview area.

    Our manger told us back on May 31 that it was a rumor that various City agencies have approached the liquor commissioner and the police commander to ask that ALL bars in the 19th district close at 2am this year. Do you know all the bars registered concerns with the Alderman and the commander? Do you know that there was a meeting Tuesday or Wednesday of last week where all the bar owners in Lakeview went to complain to the alderman and commander; they united and demanded that the bars are not made to close.

    Do you see how they combined together for a common goal and succeeded? Do the same thing and take back your area. For those who want to move; moving will do nothing but protect you for a time being. If government officials like the mayor and your alderman are getting away with not serving the best interest of the people; what do you think eventually other government officials will do? You are just empowering them not to do their jobs and saying there will be no consequences for failure.

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  21. They scrapped the south side Irish parade due to it being taken over by bands of dipshits...one can only wish the same sense could kick in to stop this annual madness in our hood. Instead I will get the pleasure of picking up beer bottles and dodging puke on the sidewalks tomorrow morning when I walk my dogs.

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  22. Mass arrest cars must fill out their cards. on the zone.

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  23. remember a few years ago when the South Side Irish parade stopped being about the South Side Irish community and started being about a bunch of drunken assholes who just wanted to get shitfaced and fight? They canceled the parade for a few years and brought a scaled down version back after they had time to calm down. The bars on Western fought it but the residence demanded it be stopped. The residence won.

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  24. Make sure there's credit given to the CPD/CFD people who had to deal with the idiotic crowd today. Undermanned and overwhelmed.

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  25. I have really mixed feelings on this.

    On one hand, I enjoy a good celebration. I'm 27 now and attended my first pride almost a decade ago. It was an amazing day that I will always remember. I live in the suburbs and had never in my life imagined so many people with the same struggles as me coming together and actually celebrating this part of me I wanted to change so badly. To this day, Boystown is still one of the only places I feel comfortable walking down the street holding my boyfriend's hand. Some figures say over one million people attended this year.

    On the other side, I realize that a lot of you call this place home, and I've witnessed some of the blatant disregard for your property.

    I hope you know that we don't all take it for granted. Yes, I drink, but I would never disrespect someone's property. I'm from the suburbs, but I still consider Chicago home, and I treat its streets with the same regard that I would treat my own front lawn.

    As much as it's become a spectacle, it's still about pride for a lot of people. And who cares if 80% of the crowd is straight? Isn't that a beautiful thing?

    Sometimes I feel like the lgbtq community is hardest on itself. If I'm not "gay" enough I'm criticized for conforming. If I'm not "straight" enough I'm doing the community a disservice by being "abnormal."

    The fact that two cop cars were vandalized is abhorrent, and people should be made aware of this because it does nothing to further our cause. But the fact that 1 million people showed up to throw a huge party for gay rights is amazing, as far as I'm concerned.

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  26. "But the fact that 1 million people showed up to throw a huge party for gay rights is amazing"

    For the vast majority of the people at the parade, and for the gangs clogging up Halsted all night long it had nothing to do with "gay rights."

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    1. I agree. If this disaster is the model for what most of believe is Gay Rights, then we are all delusional.

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    2. Maybe if the city weren't so ridiculously segregated, the parade could be held in a more suitable location for a crowd of its side. Like the Irish day parade or the hawks parade. 1 million people can't fit on a needle dick street like Halsted, but nobody wants the gay community anywhere except in boystown.

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    3. That is the silliest thing I've read all day.

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  27. #cancelchicagopride Nothing is worth this.

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  28. I don't want to be disrespectful to the people posting here, but honestly, what can you expect when even from the beginning the "pride" parade was a show of hedonism and essentially a Bacchanalia? Many, many years ago (it was 1980 or so) I lived on Wrightwood just west of Clark, and so this parade was in my neighborhood. I usually had to work so I think I only saw the parade once or twice as I was going to work, and saw some of the goings on before and after. Back then it was not a very large parade, but it was pretty risque, and displays of all things sexual, especially kinky sexual, predominated. There was even mocking of religiousness, like guys wearing nun's habits calling themselves Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Okay. Whatever. But I never saw how you could be "proud" of all of that. And honestly, I think what all this acting out suggests to outsiders is it is a day of "anything goes." And so they come and let go of all restraint, and act outside of decent behavior. You get the same problem in New Orleans during Marti Gras.
    I never saw how parading down the street in S&M gear, followed by transvestites in full regalia, and buff men in very tiny bathing suits leaving nothing to the imagination, was pride. It suggests licentiousness, and so people who come from outside the area figure, hey, it's just Wild Time.
    So I wonder, how can you have it both ways? Everybody should act respectfully and decently, except the paraders? Or the gays?

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  29. No more parades, please!!! It is an embarrassment

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  30. This is bullshit.... They were LETTING ppl up on those cars. I was there I saw it...

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  31. As far as straight people attending it used to be to show support for our gay friends and neighbors, for some that has not been lost but for far too many the message has been co-opted as another excuse for public drunkenness. The parade has become a windfall for the bar owners and it is really the responsibility of the parade organizers and alderman to work together to set the tone.

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  32. I live in a neighborhood that has events I'm not too crazy about either, but its once a year-- very noisy with a lot of drinking but view it as once a year. I have to pick up a lot of garbage the next day too. My wife and I go to the Pride parade almost every year as it is a wonderful "city" party, did yesterday and agree that this one seemed a bit rowdier that in the past. I also seemed to notice the crowd was younger and more strident than what I recall in the past. I sympathize with homeowners in the area, but it is once a year and a great party so would really hate to see it go.

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  33. So, I am attempting not to piss off anyone in the LGBT community, because I have dear friends and family who belong to it. Here is my impression of yesterdays Pride day festivities.

    I spent my late morning and early afternoon Downtown with my fiance and kids. We were attempting to meet up with my sister, who was in town. When we approached her hotel, I dropped off Michelle and she was to run into the hotel briefly, and I would drive around in circles around the Palmer House with the kids until a she emerged. This is where things got interesting.

    I observed multiple groups of people dressed in rainbows and all sorts of extravagant attire basically playing in traffic, yelling and screaming at moving cars. This went on for a few blocks. It was at this point when I nearly ran a person over who decided to cross the street, in the middle of the block....right now, with out looking. When I slammed on my brakes and stopped my car I was then screamed at by he and his group of friends. I wasnt even moving fast 20-25 mph. It was a very small exchange and didnt even think twice about it until today.

    Honestly, I could give two shits about someone yelling at me in traffic , right or wrong. I was however extremely mad that my children were in the car with me (thankfully sleeping) when this happened, especially when I consider myself a pretty responsible and considerate driver who hasnt seen a speeding ticket in about 10 years and basically felt like I was 1000% in the right.

    What bothers me about the exchange is that this:
    I understand what it is like to get excited on the day of a celebration such as the Pride Parade. Really I do. I can relate. My friends and family always had the SSI parade every year. What ruined it was everyone started acting like assholes, getting belligerent, peeing in allies, starting fights. This behavior IMO, was perpetuated 10 fold by the fact that the Parade had begun to gain a reputation, and people began to bus in from other states to attend. These people would arrive with a springbreak type of mentality. Essentially, zero fucks given. These people had no respect for the fact that just behind the storefronts on western, was a community, and peoples homes, and this poor behavior spilled in to these areas.

    This ultimately cost the southside the parade, until it could be rebooted under a more family friendly flag.

    Yesterday was like Deja Vu for me when I saw how these people were behaving. I will point out a few things.

    1) I dont believe that these people were likely from the chicago LGBT community just based on mannerisms......how they talked, dressed....backpacks....etc......and I think only tourists would trek downtown after the parade.

    2) Of these people, Maybe 25% of them werent even gay.

    3) There were a few individuals dressed so extreme, that I would probably have to shield my kids eyes from it......and I try not to be that type of Dad.

    This is unfortunate, because I know that these people dont represent the people I know in the LGBT community. The people I know in the LGBT community arent assholes nor are any of the people I have ever met throught them.

    In conclusion, I will close with this.
    I would hope the LGBT community is a little more tact in influencing how attendees/participants behave after the event. It doesnt take much for a few bad apples to ruin the fun for everyone else. We thought our parade, with its community of politicians, police, and fire could never get shut down.

    It did.
    and it sucked.

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    The thing that made me post this in the first place was the pictures of a Chicago police car with people standing all over it......Really? I can tell you we were never that bold.

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  34. As I'm reading through the comments, I can't help but think of another tradition that got trashed via bad behavior: The South Side St. Patrick's Day Parade. Gay or straight, this bad behavior is ruining what was once a very important human rights event. I was sad I didn't attend this year, but now I'm glad I didn't. I hate all festivals for this very reason -people who behave like a**holes.

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  35. I have a message for all the adolescent gays living down in Boystown...GROW UP ALREADY!!! This is ridiculous and does nothing to further our cause for gay rights. I have the utmost resect for the Chicago Police Department. I walk down Halsted Street every time in confidence knowing the guys at District 19 are watching out for my safety. They were selected to protect and serve EVERYONE. That includes protecting us from all the bigots and so-called "gay bashers" out there that would otherwise run amok in Boystown. So what kind of message are we sending when a bunch of gays and lesbians trash a police car??? Does anyone else see what I'm getting at here??

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    1. Sorry, but while they are assholes, I would hesitate to say they were gay. They look more like the drunken fools that ride trolleys thru Wrigley and Boystown -- the dreaded bachelorettes and company.

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  36. Ok..... Where are the officers? Everyone is the pictures are smiling......

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  37. I hope each and every one of these imbeciles in these pics get arrested. This is just plain stupidity.

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  38. Please notice that there are two guys sitting on the car in the bottom photo and everyone else on there is a 20-something year old GIRL. I think everyone around here knows that the people who act the worst, puke all over the place, are screaming like banshees, and are out of control are these young girls. Be it on Clark or Halsted, that demographic is a MESS !

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    1. that demographic is a sign of no leader ship.

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  39. Huh. So THIS is what pride looks like.

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