Monday, June 09, 2014

WEEKEND TICKER: Beatings and Other Bar Hopping BS

This weekend's bar strip beatings report:



Saturday

12:47AM - Roscoe's Tavern needs police assistance inside the bar at Roscoe and Halsted. Disturbance quelled.

2:03AM - Officers witness a fight on Halsted just north of Roscoe.

2:32AM - People outside of Little Jim's Tavern, Halsted and Cornelia, report that a man with a knife is walking around asking people for money.

4:00AM - Three 911 callers report fights on the street at 918 Belmont. A responding officer determines that it is "just the usual bullshit." Not to be confused with 2013's declaration of such activity on Belmont as "the usual stuff."

4:08AM - Battery in progress. 20 people fighting in front of the Clarke's diner, 930 Belmont. Officer notes that he saw "hundreds of people out there" when he responded to "the usual stuff" eight minutes earlier.

4:12AM - Fight on the street. Halsted and Brompton.

4:33AM - "Completely intoxicated" woman reportedly battered by a man and a woman at Clark and Roscoe.

5:15AM - 50 people fighting at Clark and Belmont. Officers disperse the crowd.

4:52PM - CTA calls in a fight in progress at the Addison Red Line station.

5:12PM - 10 teenagers fighting in the Jewel parking lot near Broadway and Addison. The group scatters when police arrive.

Sunday

12:41AM - Officers witness a fight at John Barleycorn, 3524 N. Clark. One arrest.

1:02AM - Battery and passing of counterfeit money at Taco Bell, 1111 Addison. It is not clear if the matters are related.

1:18AM - Item of interest: Chicago Police say they and the Secretary of State Police are about to conduct a license check at Exedus II, 3477 N. Clark.

2:07AM - Battery in progress near Fiesta Cantina, 3407 N. Clark.

2:55AM - Fight in front of Taco Bell, 1111 Addison.

3:18AM - An employee is reportedly battered by a customer at Clarke's restaurant, 930 W. Belmont.

4:00AM - Fight at Taco Bell, 1111 Addison. Taco Bell security is chasing and offender up Clark Street. One arrest for assault.

4:05AM - "They're fighting in the parking lot" of the McDonald's across from Wrigley Field, a sergeant says.

5:51PM - Fight inside of Progress Bar. One arrest.
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18 comments:

  1. Once again .... Roscoe's and John Barleycorn make the news. They've both had more than "three strikes." Three strikes and you're out, I say. Close the fuckers down.

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    1. Awww, come on, alcohol is fun. It's social! There isn't a party unless alcohol is involved!! (end sarcasm). Why it continues to get a pass on the tapestry of societal woes it contributes to while pot remains illegal is beyond me. Hear that Roscoe and John owners? You are officially a public nuisance. You contribute nothing to the well-being of the general public. Nothing.

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    2. Got a feeling that they're contributing plenty to the local alderman. Plenty of tax dollars to the state too.

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    3. With this line of thinking, then Clark's should be closed. The Belmont, Addison and Sheffield L stops should be closed. Most of the bars on Clark St. would be closed. The 7-11 convenience stores would be closed. Etc., Etc. Then we could apply for admittance to states of Iowa or Indiana. Sure as hell would not be city living. Answer is to get sufficient manpower on the streets to control the assholes and for bar owners to start cutting off people's drinking before they become the problem. Closing establishments will punish the vast majority of customers who act and drink like adults.

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    4. You are partially correct last commenter, getting more police presence is one thing. Allowing them to actually do their job would be the other. By that I mean sometimes drunks and thugs don't listen to police and they need to "kick some ass". Where I come from this is understood, cops don't get sued and fired unless they can be proven to have crossed that line between doing their job or being excessive. Here it seems they are guilty at first accusation that is wrong and eventually leads to a whole bunch of cops who don't want to do anything out of fear of being sued.

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    5. I came here to say the same thing (that Clarke's, 7-Eleven etc. should all be shut down immediately!) Roscoe's and other Halsted street bars have close relationships with the police. Anyone advocating for their shutdown or "voting the district dry" needs to learn a thing or two about the underlying causes of our neighborhood's problems. Hint: It's not the established local businesses that have been operating here for 20+ years.

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    6. The CPD brass ( including the commander here) only want the cops writing tickets. Just go out there and watch. They ticket people all the time, especially the cabs on Clark Street, yet they arrest almost no one. People breaking the law need to go to jail, not just get a ticket.

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    7. Well said, Turbo. Bashing Roscoe's & similar businesses is bashing the symptom not the problem.

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  2. Taco Bell is part of the emergency plan I run in my head...no joke. Whistle, mace, run screaming attackers description to taco bell. They always have multiple, friendly security guards who chat with the beat cops (and laugh at drunks). Trouble in Wrigley? Forget 19. Run for the border.

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  3. The Belmont issue could be quickly resolved if Rahmy would have a strong police presence near the Red Line every night until the sun rises. This would cause the human debris thugs to scatter like fleas.

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  4. Note to 019 Commander: Take one entertainment car and move it to Belmont Redline. I have seen comments elsewhere about huge amounts of $$$ spent to put Cops on North Ave beach all summer, surely a hotspot like Belmont&Sheffield deserves a car .

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    1. The entertainment team is designed to serve the bars, not make any impact on crime. If it was then it were be where the real crime is happening like the Belmont redline, the side streets of Halsted where the thefts and robberies are. Instead they are just extra security for the Clark Street bars. This is still smoke & mirrors people, promulgated by the alderman and commander so it appears they are doing something.

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  5. On the East coast cops are known to simply park a car, without officers, in certain areas to serve as a deterrent. They park them in the medians on the highways to slow down the speeders, and in bad areas to make it appear as if there are officers near by. I'm sure the CPD has several old police cars or some that are unfit for daily use. Park one down there and move it every day or two.

    It's not a permanent or fully effective technique, but I'm sure it will have at least some measurable impact.

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    1. Michigan Avenue is full of such cars. Closer to home, were were given a big, empty bus for one weekend last year. http://crimeinboystown.blogspot.com/2013/08/true-story-dispatchers-needed-11_25.html

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    2. Yes the effect would be that the thugs could light those cars on fire too...

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    3. There are plenty of squads that should be in the junk yard, but we're driving them. Some nights we are as short of drivable vehicles as we are officers

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    4. Thank you, Officer, for your service. I appreciate everything you do. :-)

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