Saturday, July 19, 2014

BATTERIES INCLUDED: Fists Flying, Blood Flowing In The Weekend's Early-Going

First one's free. A bouncer catches a right hook outside of
a Wrigleyville bar in this fresh YouTube posting 
(NSFW). Question
to ask: Where IS the police department's "Entertainment Detail?"
Keep your hands to yourselves, people. Among the asinine activities that are soaking up our police resources this weekend:

Friday

12:15AM - One female arrested for battery at Scarlet bar in Boystown.

12:30AM - Ten to fifteen teenagers fighting at Newport and Halsted. Officers catch up with a couple of them.

1:44AM - Two men fighting in front of Sluggers in Wrigleyville. It is not clear if this (NSFW) video, which appeared on YouTube yesterday, documents the shenanigans. As you watch, keep your eyes peeled for the widely-hyped police department "entertainment detail" to swoop in. We didn't see them. Maybe they have super-secret invisibility cloaks? More likely is this: There are only about 7 cops on the detail any given night and they cover 8 city blocks.



1:48AM - Fight outside of Houndstooth, Clark and Roscoe.

1:52AM - Side note: Guess what happened when a guy left his keys inside a black Chevy Colorado for "just a second" at Belmont and Racine? Yep. Officers gave the man a ride home.

4:12AM - An ambulance is called to Belmont and Sheffield. Victim is taken to St. Joseph's hospital so someone could stem the flow of blood pouring from his head. Battery case HX349719

4:25AM - Two large groups fighting at 3300 N Halsted.

11:08PM - Side note: Shortly after the Billy Joel concert lets out, a minor traffic accident takes place at Addison and Sheffield. One driver, suspected of being drunk, takes off running down Sheffield. Officers impound his car.

Saturday

2:01AM - Some meathead busted out a window at Sluggers. They're holding him for police.

2:06AM - 3455 Clark. Officer: "Send an ambulance over here. This guy has injuries to his face. I'm not sure if he's a battery victim or what."

2:07AM - Fight in front of Subway restaurant, 901 Belmont. Dispersed.

2:08AM - Some guy just put his hand through a window at Bar Celona, 3474 Clark. Ambulanced to Illinois Masonic.

2:15AM - 902 Belmont. "Fifteen people fighting with prostitutes."

2:44AM - People fighting in the street, Belmont and Sheffield. Dispersed.

3:36AM - Side note: Someone just grabbed $100 out of a guy's hand at the Subway restaurant, 1020 W Belmont, and fled in a silver van that has recently been reported stolen from Blue Island.

3:38AM - Battery at 1000 Liquors, Belmont and Sheffield. Battery case number is TBD.

3:42AM - Officers at the 1000 Liquors call look down and see some guy lying there, bleeding from the head. Ambulance takes the man to Illinois Masonic. Battery case HX351149.

4:16AM - Officers on their way to Illinois Masonic to check on the guy they found on the ground are flagged down at Belmont and Clark. A pedestrian says two guys rolled up in a silver car and poked a gun in his face. The victim did not want to stick around.
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33 comments:

  1. There is an Entertainment detail ??
    What a Joke lol.
    Where are they? If they were out there doing there jobs all these fights wouldn't be happening.

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    1. You would need more than an entertainment detail to stop all the bull sh*t. Only way to stop part of it is to get rid of the drunks i.e. vote the 38th precinct dry. It runs down Clark from Addison to School, nothing but gin mills for drunk frat boys - adds nothing the neighborhood but trouble.

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    2. Hold on... That is completely unfair. I criticize the entertainment detail a lot, but I'm not stupid enough to make a statement that the 7 - 8 people assigned to police the 5,000-7,000 people out and about in an area of 8 or 9 blocks can stop all fights... Just simply can't happen, if two people want to fight guess what it will happen...

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    3. You are right the entertainment detail is way understaffed. But the fact is they spend a lot of nights hiding and avoiding all the problems. They don't do what they should be doing with the little they have. They rarely answer the calls and laugh about the nights they have no supervisor. The detail is poorly run and no one seems to care. Sad

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  2. This place is out of control. The police have lost the streets.
    This is the New Times Square
    Good job mayor letting this happen in the district you live in.

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    1. I wish it were the new Times Square. Times Square is one of the safest places in the nation. I've never once been afraid walking around in Times Square (or most other places in Manhattan) yet I fear for my life when having to walk around our streets at night.

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  3. Let the bouncers be the quasi-police and deal with it all. Our police manpower is drained in part by these drunk fools getting into alcohol-related brawls when cops are needed in more serious incidents around the neighborhood.

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  4. Half of the victims got exactly what they were looking for by going there in the first place. Let the area and businesses fend fir themselves. Obviously your cops feel the same.

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  5. fed up, these "brawls" can turn into something more dangerous in a hurry. They frequently lead to escalating violence with bats, knives, guns, ect..

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    1. That's true. I didn't think of it that way.

      Besides that, these guys are a bunch of imbeciles.

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  6. You can't expect the entertainment detail to handle basically a block a person. You just can't. It's unfair to expect CPD to do that. However, it's not as if the nightlife is a new thing to the district so crazy stuff happening on a Friday/Saturday isn't exactly a surprise. *If* 019 was staffed at full strength then *perhaps* they could staff with more police. But that's a lot of ifs.

    Maybe this is just my old age talking, but knowing that the 'hood is a clusterfuck, I'd never go because I don't want to deal with the idiots. What is it about the neighborhood that attracts violent idiots?

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  7. This was after a Billy Joel concert? Watch out tonight, a country music concert at Wrigley. Uh Oh! God be with CPD.

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  8. That drunk idiot is lucky he didn't end up in the hospital. Funny how quickly he went from tough guy to running scared.

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  9. I am sooooooo sick of "world star!" In every video!

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    1. Sorry but everybody of all shades in Chicago is a punk/thug wannabe now. And per my above comment, that's why I don't go out there anymore - at all. Even if there was a possibility of me actually having a good time, I don't want to be associated with it.

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  10. what if CWB took up a collection and hired a seroius security contractor to clean up the streets? are those guys from Blackwater still available?

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    1. Remember after Katrina the residents of the Garden District hired an Israeli security team to come in and keep things in line.

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    2. You know, this is not a half-bad idea. I would sure support it, including financially.

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  11. It use to be that the bouncers were "off duty" CPD? I don't think that is the case anymore. Regardless, this bouncer handled the situation well. I'm betting the punch thrower is from the suburbs who can't handle his booze.

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    1. once the dude was bounced from the bar, security's job is done. the punch took place on the corner.

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    2. Off duty CPD are not allowed to work security at bars. Restaurants where alcohol is "incidental," yes.

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  12. It wasn't this bad before the merge 19/23. Thanks mayor!

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  13. the bottom line here is there are too many officers detailed out of the district. Until those officers are restored to full duty in the 19th district nothing is going to change. A glaring example of this was the DUI enforcement officer assigned to the Academy.

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  14. Someone please help me out with an explanation about the tickets I see the police officers writing in the bar areas? If you just write someone a ticket for drinking or fighting or whatever, doesn't that person just remain in the same area and become a problem again? I mean it's not like when they're arrested and taken to the police station. I was wandering around during the concerts and saw ticket and ticket and ticket being written by the police officers. My friend said it was because the city wants the money from the tickets. The city doesn't make money if someone is arrested. So I'm wondering if our neighborhood problem can be attributed to the police department becoming a cash cow for the city instead of providing the protection and service they should to the community. That is, shouldn't someone breaking the law be arrested?

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    1. Pick your battles...ticket and keep officers on the beat for more serious calls or arrests and remove them from an already depleted pool while they are processing the arrest at the station for hours.

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  15. How about handcuffing the offenders and only remove the handcuffs when they pay their tickets.

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    1. It's kinda hard to reach into your wallet while wearing handcuffs...

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    2. you mean like a shake-down or ransom? perhaps you mean bail, but only after that 4th amendment right against unlawful detainment has been satisfied.

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  16. Enough of the abuse to the entertainment detail if you are gonna bash them at least get your facts straight.
    First and foremost on any given night the most they have is 10 people . They send 2 of them to Belmont and Sheffield. They send 4 to halsted between Belmont Addison. That leaves 4 at clark between Newport and Addison. So the most they have on clark is 4. They want them on foot to police a few thousand people, on top of that write tickets and tow the vehicles parked on Clark. On top of that issue tickets for drinking . Then you question why they cant break up every fight. Be realistic already

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  17. Not to mention this fight happened before the big crowds came out . Which leads me to believe that the fight happened well before 9pm. entertainment start at 830 but by time they hit the streets its easily after 930. Its comical that you guys think this magical entertainment team of 4 people on clark street should handle everything.

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  18. Chicago police are prohibited from work in bars as bouncers, doormen, bartenders, or any other job.
    The bouncer's "authority" ended at the front door. He should have turned around and walked back inside.
    Once he put his hand on the drunk's chest, he (the bouncer) himself committed a battery.
    Hey, drunk boy! Go find yourself a good lawyer!!! Ca-ching!!!!
    Hey, Sluggers - fire your dumb bouncer.
    That said, interesting how it became obviously race-based.

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    1. You are one MAJOR reason why this country has gone to hell. Here are the facts jackloaf, the bouncer was struck by the drunk... He now engaged in consensual combat, other guy threw the challenge, it was answered by bouncer. Until one side cries "uncle" all you have is mutual combatants. Drunk guy can hire an attorney if he likes and so long as the jury isn't stocked with asshats like you the bouncer would be fine.

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    2. Hey, I am definitely on the side of the dumb guy getting taught a lesson, but the bouncer better hope that kid doesn't take him to court as he might have a chance of loosing. The kid was standing away from him and the bouncer, (who I have no doubt has good reason to keep going at the guy) keeps approaching him. He (the bouncer) also puts his hands on him first..which, is dumb. Hopefully the jury will be made of of normal people who realize that this was stupid on both of the participants parts and throw it out.

      However, it was entertaining to watch these dumb "kids," in action. The guy acts all cocky until the bouncer has his ass and then he starts slapping like a girl and running. And his friends, who normally would intervene and end it (at least back in my hey day) just stand there saying "Hey dude, don't fight." While filming it.

      I am sorry people who live here have to put up with this.

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