Sunday, July 13, 2014

UP FOR GRABS: Montrose Beach Riots; Closed By Police Order; Cops Exercise Professional Restraint

@dj_OM8
At minimums, nine people were arrested, four police officers were injured, and one police vehicle was three police vehicles were damaged during a riot in the area of Montrose Beach Sunday evening.

The trouble began brewing around 6:50PM when a 911 caller reported someone had been hit with a bottle in the 4500 block of Simonds Drive, near Montrose Harbor.

Ten minutes later, a 911 caller reported a fight involving 50 people in the same area.

Then, at 7:38PM, a 20th district police unit announced that a man with a gun was reported to be within a "big party" near Wilson and Simonds. From there, the situation spiraled out of control:
7:45PM - Unit 2004F: "They're throwing things at us…Need more cars."
7:46PM - Sergeant: "Get out of the park. Get all policemen out of the park NOW."
7:46PM - Sergeant: "Leave the area where they are throwing bottles."
7:47PM - Unit 1905: Vehicle has been damaged
7:48PM - Unit 2004F: "Get us some fucking help over here!"
7:49PM - Unit 1901: Pull units from other districts
7:49PM - "We got an officer hit with a bottle. He's bleeding."
7:50PM - Shut down all roads into lakefront from Foster to Montrose.
7:51PM - Estimate the size of the crowd. "It's quite a few hundred people."
7:51PM - They're still throwing bottles at the police.
7:52PM - 19th District Tactical Lieutenant: "Put in [an emergency plan] and.. get us a helicopter."
7:55PM - The 19th district does not have any [tear] gas. If it's needed, the only gas team would be in [SWAT].
7:55PM - Respond to bait shop. We'll stage there and go in as a large group.
7:56PM - 2 arrested at Wilson and Simonds.
7:58PM - 18th, 17th, and 16th districts will meet you at the bait shop.
7:59PM - Just so you know, the 20th district has a 10-1 [Officer needs help] at Jarvis and the lakefront right now, too. 
Units from outside of the 19th district were sent back to their normal assignments at 9PM. The lakefront will remain closed all night by police order.

As of 9:15 Sunday night, more than 15 priority calls for police service in the 19th district had stacked up during the melee, waiting for officers to become available.

On Memorial Day weekend in 2011, police closed North Avenue Beach after crowds got out of control. Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy at the time said the closure was due to "excessive heat."

We look forward to hearing his explanation of what happened Sunday night at Montrose.

And, now, the restraint that we spoke of. World Star professionalism, officers. (Keep an eye out for the toddler at the 23-second mark.)


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144 comments:

  1. WGN just had some video of the story. In addition to the violence, it's sad to see the mountain of garbage that all of these low life assholes left behind along the lake and park. There's just a complete breakdown of society occurring right now, really sad and no end in sight. At least everything is rosy in the world of Rahm, McChief and Looney Tunney.

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    1. I hate litter too.
      But there were some decent families, some who don't make a lot of money, caught in the middle of a fast-developing dangerous situation.
      Yeah, they didn't pick up everything as they left.
      Not because they're "low life assholes" but because they're not stupid.

      The real question is - When are we going to get SOME patrol over here?
      Prior to the shootings two weeks ago there was virtually NO police presence at all.
      Not even a cruiser occasionally on Recreation Drive. Even after multiple reports of gang-ish thugs and robberies / harassment etc.
      In the past two weeks? - A cruiser will roll up RD once or twice a night. Never stop or god-forbid actually get out. And there was a lonely bike cop for a little while. I think that poor guy spent more time talking to people who were amazed and stopped him to say 'Thanks for being here' than anything else.

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    2. You are so correct. Thank goodness no children were hurt.

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    3. Montrose Beach there is next to 46th Ward.

      While Tunney is out of touch...Cappleman has no clue either.

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    4. The trash piles up almost every weekend at Montrose Beach. That's nothing new. It is really sad that there is nothing being done about it: I view the trash as sort of a "broken windows" factor -- that this happened is absolutely no surprise to me.

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    5. The beach has been littered with broken glass for years. I don't understand why these people want to destroy something that THEY use on a regular basis.

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    6. They aren't punished for littering, glass containers, etc. EVERY WEEKEND, and magically, most of the trash gets picked up (almost) every day. So why would they bother?

      As for the broken glass... yeah. I don't know. But maybe if people started getting ticketed (or at least confronted by some authority) about glass containers, there'd be a reduction in broken glass.

      Still, these are just symptoms of a larger problem. No one gives a crap, no one is accountable and no one is being held accountable by those who could (peers, family, community and then police).

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  2. What needs to happen before this stops. This is getting ridiculous.

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    1. It is not going to stop. It is going to get much worse. Use Detroit as your reference.

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    2. It's only going to get better. Use NYC as your reference.




      See how dumb your logic is?

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    3. NYC had Rudy Guiliani, a law and order guy, to clean up a craphole.Now NYC is on it's way back down the drain. Chicago is experiencing the final swirls of its self-flushing.

      Y'all be sure to wipe.

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    4. uhm ok Mr. NYC... did u see all the brutality of the "occupy wall street" rallies in New York? next time u have a thought maybe u should just save it.

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    5. You called NYC 'better.'





      See how dumb your logic is?





      It will get worse before it gets better. August is coming (in an ominous Starkesque voice).

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    6. You need the right people in office to get a NYC result...

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    7. I dunno. I was born a few years after the Detroit riot but have never seen anything like this there. As a matter of fact, gay pride was a blast!

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  3. I was at Jarvis at the time. (024) had 10 squads flocked the beach. All got out of vehicles, battle ready with batons, running to the beach; only to get the false alarm. Pretty intense.

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    1. Jarvis is nowhere near Montrose Beach . . .

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    2. Hey Craig - thanks for the report / comment.
      Are you saying that the 'incident' that originally launched this whole response (supposedly a very large fight involving a lot of people) really wasn't that at all?
      Not sure.
      I will say that FINALLY a few cops a day will at least motor up Recreation Drive. And the other day there was one lonely bike-cop just south of IPD just after sunset. But that's about all. Prior to the shootings two weeks ago, the whole area was police-free. This BS shouldn't surprise anyone.
      I live across LSD with a good view of the park. Use the lakefront frequently. The coverage is just for shit. Several weeks ago there was a nasty crash on LSD at IPD. Two cars, about 2AM. One on it's side. Injuries. The first cruiser arrived 12 minutes after the incident.

      BTW - RE the shootings two weeks ago, there had been multiple reports of assaults / threats / etc involving some pretty nasty characters along the Belmont-Montrose stretch. As far as I could see there had been NO response at all from CPD or the Park Patrol. Zip. Nada.

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    3. Your point is what, disregarding your inability to read above the comments section?

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    4. There was a 10-1 Jag off!

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    5. There are only a few thousand troopers for the entire state. They cant even man the highways properly and you want them watching your your dog walk park?

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  4. Where are those state troopers the governor offered? Still waiting for the Mayor's invitation?

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    1. Rahm needs to hire more police and replenish the manpower shortages, citywide. State Troopers are not the answer. A new mayor and better elected officials are.

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    2. Rahm can't use Troopers... That would instantly expose his "law enforcement initiative" as a complete and utter failure and show that he's a failure as a big city Mayor, thus damaging his future in politics.

      It's MUCH easier for him to silence the media and make people think these are "minor incidents" and that there is no reason to be alarmed.

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    3. There aren't as many troopers that you think. They need to hire more coppers or call out the NATIONAL GUARD!

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  5. Thanks for reporting CWB. The Trib "Breaking News" only had a small mention of the incident - cop hit with a bottle. Nothing else. Way to go, Trib. We know whose side you're on.
    I saw all the cop cars zooming from everywhere to get to Montrose (I was on the bike path). It was a bigtime show of force. The only time you get that is if something really big is happening.

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  6. CrapStat counts this as 1 incident, correct?

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    1. Sounds about right.

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  7. We have as a city no Leadership. Next Sunday the temp. could hit 90. Good luck.

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  8. No gas available in 019????! This is a major problem which get officers hurt!!!!! Who ever heard of a major metropolitan police agency without gas? What happens if something major happens??

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  9. Alcohol is not allowed in Chicago Parks unless it is sold and consumed at/near licensed park cafes. Alcohol is allowed at small picnic events with a permit.

    I suggest new and bigger signs be posted at entrances with warnings of fines, followed by enforcement. On days police are especially concerned, enforcement can start at the entrances and parking lots by stopping people from bringing alcohol into the park.

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    1. Or, we can treat adults like adults and let them drink what they want to drink as long as they don't cause any trouble. I guess you'd rather throw more money at something that isn't a problem.

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  10. RETREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. 7:45PM - Unit 2004F: "They're throwing things at us…Need more cars."

      7:46PM - Sergeant: "Get out of the park. Get all policemen out of the park NOW."

      ................HUH?? GET ALL POLICE...OUT...OF THE PARK??? AREN'T THEY SUPPOSED TO DO SOMETHING NOT RUN AWAY?? WTF? WHAT AM I MISSING?

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    2. You are missing intelligent thought. 200 people throwing bottles, say 10 cops in the middle of it... More on the way to help... If you can you fall back, regroup with numbers and go in en mass.

      It's called tactics and it got the job accomplished in under 90 minutes with minor injuries and minor damage.... Leaving out numbered police to get pelted means the likely hood of deadly force needing to be used eventually...

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  11. Understaffed, underequipped police department, taking cars from all the North side districts to go and quell junken goofs at the beach. just what do we get for are tax dollars?

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  12. It looks like CPD didn't have the man power to deal with a "riot" situation in a timely manner. Very scary if you start to think about something much more serious than a bunch of drunk party animals.

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  13. I heard this whole thing on the scanner, including the stuff you posted. not discounting at all what is reported here, but it sounded like a large bar fight - the 10-1 created the response, as it should have. i am a frequent reader of this blog and respect its role, no doubt. but "up for grabs" and "riot stage" seem a little out of keeping with what i'm used to here. the fight was bad, throwing bottles at police is bad, no doubt at all, and this needs to be fixed. but the calls that came in to 911 between this event (mostly way down south) were more dramatic and awful by far. anyway, great job as usual by CIB, but just perhaps the knobs were a little high on the headline. i live in a high rise across from the totem pole just north of addison and have been watching the lakefront tonight since park close at 11. cops moving in teams 3 - 4 cars deep, stopping everyone. there has been far more presence since the shooting here, but tonight - and i am no fan of our depletion of officers, to say the least - makes me happy for the officers we do have. what i'm watching is the kind of policing that could turn things around, assuming a return to full staffing. again, great job CIB.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Anonymous. We weigh our wording carefully and believe now as we believed then that our headline and story accurately reflects what happened at Montrose.

      While scanner traffic is one tool that we use to generate information, we have also built a network of excellent sources within the police department who are able to provide accurate, professional opinions and guidance on stories. Some of them were consulted before we chose our wording.

      Today, even mainstream outlets have termed the incident a "riot," because it was one. The city tried very hard to minimize the "disturbance" as the police superintendent called it, but the videos, eye witness interviews, and aftermath tell the real story.

      Thank you again for your thoughts. We do appreciate them.

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  14. overheard a boss say it is safer in the west side as there are more officers that are able to handle a scene faster than northside. Keep payin taxes and not letting Rahm know you are pissed.

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  15. This'll give you a good sense of what went down tonight at Montrose Beach. Wowzers!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbyQ0PmWImk

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    1. Wow. This video has been removed.

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    2. Not so fast. We hijacked it and put it at the end of our post for you to see until [insert conspiracy theory here].

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  16. Saw this video posted in the comments section of the Sun-Times article. The poor officer is completely outnumbered and is being pelted by stuff. Nothing he can do in the situation till backup arrives. This shortage of officers is going to lead to tragic results at some point. These people are an absolute disgrace to the city and seem to be getting more brazen in what they feel they can get away with.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbyQ0PmWImk

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    1. You have the wrong newspaper. The Sun-Times no longer allows reader comments, mainly because the forums always turn into something akin to a Klu Klux Klan rally.

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    2. Oh, video was subsequently hijacked, spanked, and independently embedded in our story, grasshopper. (at least until Mr. Google says it has to go away)

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  17. Need to hire some more police.

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    1. Need to deal effectively with the scum,bags.

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  18. I'm dismayed that it seems we only get brief mention in the Tribune/Suntimes. But hey, they've got important stuff to write about, I guess. :(

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  19. Crime is down..............

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    1. What are you reading? 84 shootings in a single weekend, 14 fatal...Yup Crime is down. What we need is the National Guard in here, and the police to have a zero tolerance mandate. If people want to act like jackasses, let them get jacked up. The only people who are against a zero tolerance city are people who have something to worry about.

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    2. What do you think you're doing bringing actual facts into an internet discussion? There's no place for that here.

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  20. Nice coverage. Police should've staged a checkpoint at the park exit and impounded all vehicles not being driven by a properly licensed/insured driver. That way, they won't have wheels to get to the next party.

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  21. Fussy math is the only reason crime is down

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  22. Yes indeed crime is down. Gary said so. The amunt of cops is also down since the Rahminator has been here.

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  23. 1) The fact that people care so little about their parks and beaches that they'd leave all of that garbage lying around is sickening

    2) The fact that these "people" have so little regard for police is disturbing. Shouting things like "f*** the police", throwing bottles at them and just yelling and screaming. I wonder what would happen if they were getting robbed during this whole thing. Go ask a cop for help then.

    3) The fact that someone would actually embrace the term "Chriaq" is ridiculous.

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  24. I was called over from another district. Gave an unruly citizen a quick lesson in bodysurfing, which was a break from the ordinary for me. Feel sorry for my brothers and sisters in blue over here, though. Too much crap happening all at once to handle over a district that is way too big.

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    1. God bless you. He was life-jacketed, right?

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    2. You guys have your work cut out for you in that city... God bless you all.

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    3. Okay... what are you guys talking about? Body surfing? Life-jacketed? I'm not familiar with the expression.

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    4. Sir, he was not wearing a vest, but I was. Not sure he enjoyed it, but I enjoyed introducing him to old school policing. Too bad we can't give wood shampoos anymore. The body surfing lesson was pushing it.

      An observation: the doggie beach was pristine while the "party" area looked like a third world $hithole.

      BTW, I'm in your photo. People recognized me even in a fuzzy photo.

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    5. It looked like a third world $hithole, because that was exactly what it was.

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    6. Again, not at all like a third world. Actually rather offensive (not to mention highly and blatantly ignorant) to liken an American beach where people were wasting full bottles of drink to throw at police to the third world. If this happened say in an African third world country, it would've been solved A LOT QUICKER, because police and rebels alike are armed with semi-autos and have no hesitancy to use them. Throw a bottle there and get shot in the face. Police here mostly follow laws. Sure, there was a lot of litter, but that doesn't make it like a third world. (I've lived in Uptown for a while; I know it's bad, but I was a Peace Corps official for over a decade, and none of the third world areas I've been in resembled this in the least. I hate it when Americans wish to whine about an issue and choose to liken it to areas with actual problems. In fact, one might say a beach party turned brawl would still be classified as a "first world problem," considering most third world countries don't have the excessive amount of goods to throw flipping beach parties.)

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  25. OMG Karen Lewis for mayor! Rahm, you better start taking care of your base on the northside. Yeah, approx 60% of property taxes go to schools. I'm sure Lewis will see to it that its more like 90%.

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  26. There needs to be a charge to enter the parking lot at Montrose beach and harbor! If they checked the tags, city stickers, and insurance of every car over there, most of them would be impounded! I guess that would be a violation of rights! They should also check for alcohol!

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  27. no riots at a concert in tinley park sunday,hmmm.

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    1. They probably had things like SECURITY and a PERMIT.

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    2. This never happened before the merge! District is too big to handle

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    3. Naperville ribfest was also uneventful

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    4. Um, because those events were issued permits and had proper security already in place?

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  28. World Star! World Star! World Star!

    Jeez, shut up already. Yes, you know about "world star hip hop." Congrats.

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    1. Yeah - totally obnoxious. I feel as though I lost a few brain cells listening to the incessant world star chant.

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  29. Does anyone know what the crowd was in tn the park for? Last week there was the latin Kings incident in the park at Addison. Was that element involved at all last night. It sounds like someone had a gun.

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  30. I'm sorry to see what happened at Montrose Beach yesterday. After recently retiring from the CPD after close to 30 years, I've never seen the moral inside the Dept. so low. I've also never seen the crimes occurring in areas that were pretty decent areas of the City as they are now, with a lot of those crimes being committed by people from outside the communities. The problem is that the Mayor will not bring the Dept. to it's authorized strength. Our strength, until a few years ago was 13,400. With one swipe of a pen, the Mayor made it 12,000. See how that works? Instead of being short 3000 Officers, now we are ONLY down 1500. Some things that are contributing to things such as what happened yesterday are , no more "floating units" such as TRU and SOS. Between the 2 units, we'd have 30-40 cars on a watch that could be deployed immediately to a problem area. Don't have that anymore. Now, in a situation like yesterday, cars from 3,4,5 or more Districts are called in to help. BTW, calls for service and crimes occurring in those Districts don't stop while the personnel are helping in another area. Another thing was the closing or "consolidation" or 023,013 and 021st Districts. Districts usually have 12 beat cars and 2 , 10 man Tactical Teams assigned to them. With these consolidations the areas that were once those Dist's now have tac teams split with the District they were merged with and 3 beats that cover what was once a whole District. Frankly, I was astounded that there wasn't the public outcry I expected when they were closed. No matter what the City says, keep in mind that approx. 400-600 Police Officers retire, resign, or are fired per year. When you see on TV a class of 50 Officers being graduated from the academy a few times per year, keep in mind that the hiring are in no way making up for attrition. Plus far more officers are assigned to the west and south side "killing fields" leaving less and less officers to patrol / answer calls in the short staffed N/NW/ and SW side Districts.Our Dept. also needs to do a better job at monitoring social media. These guys that cause this type of organized mayhem do so using it. Why can't we have a jump on what they plan on doing? We have a lot of the younger coppers on the job that are pretty savvy when it comes to this.
    And just as an aside, if your "spidey senses" start tingling when you see a group, or a person while on the street, avoid that situation. Some people feel that they don't want to offend anyone and actually walk into situations that that little voice told them to avoid. Don't be a victim of a robbery, battery or worse, just for the sake of "political correctness." From what I've seen this blog covers incidents that happen on the north side much better than the mainstream media does. None of the things that have been occurring in the city, crime-wise, will change until this Dept. gets back to strength and had people at the helm that know this city and it's citizens.
    Everyone have a safe and happy summer.

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    1. Thank you for your detailed, informed post, Anonymous. Thank you, too, for your decades of service to Chicago.

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    2. Thanks, office. You sound like an old school former partner of mine. I used to think I'd stay until mandatory retirement age, but this dept has been such a circus with J-Fled and McDrunkonhisass, I'm thinking of heading out early.

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    3. A couple of things; first I can only guess that the 21 is smaller because they need less cops now that the RTH's are gone. Second, I am seeing a lot of animosity towards the police lately I think that has to do with a few things first is the lack of CAPS. I really liked that program, you got to know your area cops and they knew you, it became more friendly and people were more likely to talk to the police. In addition police by the very fact they had to deal with the community saw the community as people and not as criminals, now there is a mental trigger that if you are getting out of the car you are dealing with a criminal not a person.
      I also think we have a huge training issue, particularly in the area of civil rights. You may disagree with me but we as a city are spending over $300,000,000 this year to settle suits against the police. There needs to be a lot more training in the area of what people can and cannot do. Prime examples are people having their phones confiscated for filming the police or police violating someones rights and no punishment was given. The community is very observant and when officers feel that the laws don't apply to them, it discredits the whole department. It may seem trivial but speeding, blowing through stop lights, illegally parking and taking freebies (bribes) all undermine the credibility of the force. I will be honest when the first squad flew by me Sunday night, my first assumption was that they were on a shift change and wanted to get back to the station quickly, while this wasn't the case, it's a shame that that was my first thought and not that they were on a call. Moral my be low but a lot of it is the fault of CPD, until you have the communities support things won't get better.

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    4. OK, you told us everything the police do wrong to cause problems. Now tell us, what do YOU have to do to help prevent disturbances like this and the animosity you so obviously have for the police? Maybe YOU THE CITIZENS have to COOPERATE a little instead of throwing your chests out screaming about your rights and yelling fuck the police! Listening to the audio on some of this is very telling about YOU PEOPLE. And I don't even understand Spanish!!

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    5. CAPS still exists and is only effective when the beat cops and the citizens involved dedicate themselves to being effective. Otherwise, it's a waste of time.

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  31. Pick up your garbage and act like grown men and women. Change is what you make it. Want a safer and better city? Safe events? Be that change.

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    1. Thanks for the lecture, Mom, but these people are not the people asking for "change." These are the people who have created the need for change.

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  32. "World Star World Star" repeated in the video, as in worldstarhiphop.com? Real classy.

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  33. So sad this city is not what it used to be and the lack of police hiring does not help...

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  34. I want to take the time to thank Mayor Rahm and Police Chief McCarthy for cutting our Police force and using city money for traffic clogging bike lanes, for vehicles that pay NO TAXES to support that infrastruture!

    Everyone NEEDS to get a carry weapons license! It is obvious that police are outnumbered!

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    1. Hey dipshit, although the "traffic clogging bike lanes, for vehicles that pay NO TAXES" don't pay vehicular taxes, the owners of the bikes still pay taxes, which go to road care, so don't know why they shouldn't get any kind of tax benefit. Additionally, more people riding bikes saves on street repair, reduces "accidents" and vehicular manslaughter, saves quite a bit of damage to the environment which in turn saves the government money in terms of solving long-term problems, reduces the amount of traffic from lazy assholes like you who probably don't carpool. Bike lanes ARE NOT THE CAUSE OF RIOTS or gang warfare. Lmao at your simple-mindedness.

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  35. I'd like to slap the stupid bitch who yelled "World Star" about a hundred times starting around 1:20 in the video.

    We're doomed ....

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    1. http://vimeo.com/100706233

      She didn't take the video off Vimeo so we know who the "stupid bitch" is. Idiot!

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  36. The people hailing the "breakdown of society" and calling this a riot are out of touch with reality. This is nothing like the riots in the 60s, the riots in LA in the 90s, etc. One police officer was hit by a bottle. That sucks, and I hope he or she is okay, but this is a big city, there are going to be problems like this. It isn't just Chicago and Detroit. Look up any other city and you'll find the same types of problems that everyone on here is whining is only a Chicago problem. I've been living here all of my life, frequent the beaches on a regular basis, and take buses and trains everywhere I go, and I've never been attacked, assaulted, mugged, etc. Taste of Chicago was fun and safe this year, free concerts at Millennium Park have been fabulous, movies in the parks have been a joy, the fireworks were fine, the beaches the vast majority of the time have been pleasant (we have a lot of them, not just Montrose), and the Gold Coast and River North have been quiet and filled with tourists day and night. Nobody reports on that though.

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    1. Wow, are you sure looking at the world through rose-colored glasses .....

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    2. Gold Coast/River North have been inundated with wild youth at night. I have seen it with my own eyes.
      Concerts at Millennium Park end at 9 and there's too many cops around The Bean.
      You're one of those folks who has to see it to believe it. The 60's got bad here, but we recovered (for a time).
      You also probably didn't hear of what happened around Michigan Ave/LSD on July 4th. I had to walk in that sea of people and it was harrowing.

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    3. Take a walk along Belmont between Halsted and Racine any night of the week after dark. Or along Halsted between Waveland and Belmont. Get back to us. If you can.

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  37. Here's video of the event. How come no one ever asks where the hell the parents are in all of this? Is that a racial land mine? A cop gets hit by some sort of drink in the video - you can see the kids throwing stuff, the kid yelling "worldstar" is probably identifiable if noting else by her voice (and stupidity level) - don't mom and dad take the primary blame for all of this? The cops should return to the 1980s and give some wooden shampoos, send the kids home for a second (and worse) experience with mom and dad. but no, kids are people with rights, such as assaulting cops and destroying both property and quality of life for everyone. https://vimeo.com/100706233/

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  38. does anyone have info as to who was playing at the unauthorized concert? probably that new country music genre is my guess.

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  39. One, of many questions, would have to be how on earth was the event allowed to get underway in the first place? The Trib reported the band did not obtain a permit for the event. That's a minimum $7400 permit that is revenue the city is out when such an event is allowed to occur without a permit. The permit also requires the organizers to be insured. Not to mention look at all the cost the city has to bear because of that one event. Based on this event, do we need to question why these rules are needed and need to be enforced? These permits are not simply about revenue, they are about public safety and making sure that public lands are there for all the public to enjoy and not just a few who choose to take over it for their own purposes. I hope the band has charges pending on them as well and I hope the city is planning on holding them accountable for all the costs (including the hospital bills for the injured officers). The event should have been shut down as soon as it started because they hadn't paid the fee and where not licensed. I have to wonder how it was allowed to even get started long before the gang-bangers showed up and the fights started. It should have been disbanded long before that.
    I agree as well with the other comment, this is a display of the total breakdown of our society. You see it all over the place, not just in terms of these out-of-control fights that appear to be going on all over the place but in a lot of basic daily occurrences. These people clearly have no concern for the people around them and no respect for the rule of law or the police. You have to start wondering why they don't take the police more seriously. There is clearly not enough consequence to behavior being applied in our society. There are laws, but how well are those laws being enforced (other than traffic violations and parking regulations which are clearly big revenue sources). I don't ask for the police to be over-zealous, but I have seen them let way to many "small" things slide and I have seen that when they do that, those people loose respect for the police based on their behavior and mocking our police officers after they leave ( I have seen this numerous times and there is no question in my mind why these folks don’t respect our police officers because they don’t enforce the consequence of the law on them). Perhaps if they started issuing citations, where appropriate, more often these people may not consider the police to be such a joke. People joked about New York about the "broken window" policy, the small things matter policy. But it is actually true. One of the key factors in the strategy for New York was that it tied consequence to behavior. When the police don't enforce consequences in the small things, people loose respect for their authority and then everything snowballs out of control.

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    1. When Bratton implemented Broken Windows in NYC he told the mayor that to be successful he would have to dramatically increase the number of cops. Guiliani listened and NYPD increased manpower from about 36,000 to 40,000. Broken Windows worked. Read the book by the same title. I'm not bullshitting. This new city/police administration allowed CPD to decline from an authorized strength of 13,500 to 12,500; a 1,000 man DECLINE. The actual number is about 12,200 right now. Still 300 below authorized strength. In reality you need about 15,000 cops to properly and effectively police this city the right way.

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    2. YES! I suggest folks write the Alderman and express this concept (I already did). You're both right on the money.

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  40. What a mess. It's like living in a third world. Here is another video link:

    https://vimeo.com/100706233/

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    1. Not at all like living in a third world. Believe it or not, just because something is bad doesn't make it like the third world. Travel some, educate yourself, then attempt to compare a bunch of clearly spoiled Americans taking advantage of all that they have. In the third world, they wouldn't be wasting full bottles, because to waste there can lead to wasting away.

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  41. Can't wait for Ald. Cappleman's usual "Nothing's wrong, I'm on it," email blast about this. Instead of sending out emails, he might consider challenging Emanuel for letting the police force shrink to the point that the few officers left are in danger every time they try to do their jobs. Not to mention how dangerous that makes the ward for everyone living in it. But, no, that would require Cappleman doing something other than genuflecting every time the mayor does something.

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  42. Brave of those officers....way to go! Wasn't the Brass going to keep an eye on things via social media? I understand this illegal concert was organized via social media. Someone should have seen this developing. Just Sayin.

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    1. Each family has brought their own gas powered generator (yes!) out there for years to blast their own music. Nevermind the noise of the machine itself. So why not a concert too? Broken Windows theory. Nip it in the bud people.

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  43. CWB, kudos again for doing a better job at providing information to the public than the so-called 'regular' media (including the video.)

    Yet I digress...this is repulsive. Are these people animals? Looks like Montrose Beach has been added to the growing list of areas that the law-abiding public now has to avoid.

    And what the hell am I doing about it? Bitching about the condition of our neighborhood and city on a blog? Complaining to any/ all of my neighbors about how incompetent Tunney is and how he should be voted out? Writing complaint after complaint to Tunney's office about the deteriorating conditions? Seems like some major action needs to be taken by the collective silent majority here...clearly these minor actions aren't accomplishing squat. Frustrating.

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    1. I want to organize a group of people to distribute flyers throughout the ward in resident's mailboxes, on fences and front doorsteps highlighting the alderman's failure and links to this blog. I've had enough.

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    2. Please do it! Even if you only hit a few blocks, they'll tell more people. This awesome blog needs to be shared. Thanks, CWB.

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  44. Sounds like it was one hell of a party!

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  45. To bad LT Hoffmann was not working this night. what a loser

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  46. Remember, Alderman Cappleman said we do NOT need more police officers in the 19th District. If you don't believe me, ask him personally. Everyone on the blog should ask him why he said that.

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    1. I don't know if MORE police is necessarily going to solve the problem. Sure it would've helped them to amass a huge squadron for the riot, but I think if they worked more effectively they could've prevented this. As most said before, if this had been monitored, if it had been shut down earlier for not acquiring the mandatory permits or the security said permits require, this wouldn't have happened. Why does anyone pay for permits if it appears to be so easy to simply not acquire them? I mean, this was advertised a lot online, on several websites as a public festival, but no one checked to see if they had permits? No one at least checked out the beach? Crime can be preventable, and laws are in part enforced to make crimes like these preventable.

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  47. This was the damn problem.

    Tamborazo Beach Party 2014

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tamborazo-Beach-Party-2014/298886296958719

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  48. Just shows we must ban excessive heat, not guns. These horrible attacks on the LGBT entertainment areas must stop!

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  49. This is what happens when you get a large group of drunk idiots together... just pathetic.

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  50. Needs to be no drinking on the beach!! These young kids don't know how to act when they drink and it gets crazy.. Just like Pride it's kids who should not be drinking

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  51. This is an Uptown problem, not a Boystown problem.

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    1. When the event sucked up all available police units from essentially O'Hare to the Loop, it became a Boystown problem.

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    2. Right, because there is a wall that separates the neighborhoods/districts... This is a Chicago problem.

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  52. Flame at me all you want, but this city has turned into a real shithole. I am getting out. If you think Rahm, Mc Carthy, Tunney, Capelmann, et al, give 2 shits between a pair of boots about you, I've got a big-ass bridge to sell you back East. Save yourselves. Chicago is circling the drain.

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  53. From the Trib:

    Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy today said the department had a sufficient number of officers at Montrose Beach on Sunday to quell a melee that erupted at an unlicensed party.

    He spoke as five people were charged after the incident.

    "What I can tell you is, Montrose and the rest of the parks around the city are receiving significant attention, and we'll continue to do so," McCarthy told reporters.

    McCarthy, who often holds a weekly press conference to highlight the department’s gun seizures, expressed frustration at reporters' questions about the melee in which four officers were injured.

    "I'm trying to tell you all about gun violence here in the city, which is our number one thing," McCarthy said. "We had people who died over the weekend, and a disturbance at a park is something that we'll fix moving forward, no two ways about it. But we have a problem here, and I'd like to bring attention to it."
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    Spin, spin and more spin and lies. This is disgusting.

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  54. Society is just fucked up!!! Our city officials don't make it any better either. Sadd!!!

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  55. Because nothing newsworthy ever happens in Tinley Park, ever. I grew up there; it's a wasteland of morbid obesity, outdated facial hair being sported by middle-aged men, minivans, ignorance, and racism.

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  56. The mayor's political correctness and pandering at it's finest.

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  57. So you're telling us suburbs are uneventful. That's not exactly newsworthy.

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  58. So I guess murder and gun seizures are the only things to worry about in this city according to McJersey.

    Compliments of the Tribune:

    "McCarthy, who often holds a weekly press conference to highlight the department’s gun seizures, expressed frustration at reporters' questions about the melee in which four officers were injured.

    "I'm trying to tell you all about gun violence here in the city, which is our number one thing," McCarthy said. "We had people who died over the weekend, and a disturbance at a park is something that we'll fix moving forward, no two ways about it. But we have a problem here, and I'd like to bring attention to it."

    Anything to divert attention from issues arising elsewhere in the city.

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    1. Fire him NOW!!

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    2. Absolutely deplorable response. No wonder the beat cops hate this guy as much as they did his predecessor.

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    3. Wow, this man is an idiot. Who do we have to lead a campaign against to get him reprimanded for his incompetence? Seriously though. What steps should I start taking to get him fired? Because I seriously want to do what I can to help, but I don't see us being capable of doing much when the people in charge refuse to acknowledge the problems.

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  59. Who ever recorded this sounds so retarded bitch sounds like a two year old kid that only knows two words lmfao worldstar chiraq dumb broad

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  60. All you can eat anorexic buffet bathroomJul 14, 2014, 5:10:00 PM

    I was blissfully ignorant what chanting "world star, world star, world star" meant in the last video. Thanks to wikipedia, I know now. If I ever hear that chanted on the streets, I'm running in the other direction.

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    1. LOL. the thing is, her chanting was just super obnoxious. and ignorant. but mainly obnoxious. I had to mute the video after the third time she yelled world star.

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    2. Yes, run! I already know what it means, but I have seen some hilarious memes and vine videos giving a scenario of what happens once you hear a person yell "worldstar!"

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  61. Chicago has continued to hire new officers but of course..the CPD academy is a joke. It does not prepare officers for what they will be facing. All of the instructors are burned out and bitter and could care less because they're about to retire. The racist, useless "old timers" of this city have completely ruined it for the newer, eager and passionate and talented officers because no one trusts them.

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  62. Time to close the beaches to the shit from the Burbs. It's bad enough that you can take your kid to the beach but to deal with this trash is stupid!

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  63. I hope they arrested that world star trash! just disgusting!

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    1. Jasmin Mejias, was interviewed by NBC news.
      http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Officers-Injured-in-Montrose-Beach-Melee-266985171.html

      In the article she says, "I really didn't pay attention to much but just running and getting out of there."

      She is the one who filmed the video. If you saw the whole video before it was removed from many places, she was hardly running away but instead was repeating over and over, "Worldstar. Worldstar. Chiraq. Worldstar."

      I saw her name attached to that video before it was deleted. If you google "Jasmine Mejias Youtube", she has a deleted video that's labeled Montrose Beach Chaos that's 2:16 long...the exact amount of time that video is.

      She was also interviewed by ABC7.
      http://abc7chicago.com/news/2-officers-hurt-in-montrose-beach-fight-9-in-custody/183460/

      "It was a complete riot," says Jasmine Mejias, who posted her recording of the fight on YouTube. "Cops were walking by, lots of people intoxicated obviously. They were going crazy. They were saying random things, throwing things at them. It all went chaotic from there."

      Seems she was more of an inciter than an innocent bystander.

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    2. She was also identified elsewhere as an employee of McGrath Acura downtown. Whether true or not, in this city, they'll probably see an uptick in business.

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  64. We have to use kids gloves in these situations. Hit one of these fools and you same clowns calling for Law and Order will be screaming for the job of the copper who used force. And we know it. We know were nothing but pawns for public opinion and Political expediency.

    You come on this job wanting to help your fellow man and you end it trying to stay off you tube giving some scumbag a ticket to the Ghetto lottery. I never want to use force again. Sorry but you should have tried thinking before throwing us under the Bus and giving the streets to the gangsters and low lifes. Its broken now and theres no fixing it.

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    1. Once again, while I can completely understand your point of view and appreciate the predicament that officers are in, I for one did not ask for this type of hypocritical response to and treatment of the police. Not all of us northsiders, even those who are liberal leaning, are sheeple or satisfied with those who created this predicament. While I fully support, admire, and respect CPD, this repetitive theme of assuming to know my views of you and your profession are at best ignorant by you and at worse a way to disengage from a group of citizen allies. I go out of my way to have myself and my children acknowledge and thank you when we see you in public so tjat my children can understand who real heroes are, but there have been several times where officers have rebuked our attempts at gratitude and instead discussed their predicament with an undertone of directed anger. Just sayin not the best way to garner sympathy in an all out war on you guys including the hit pieces run by the media.

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    2. I'm another one in the "Go coppers!" parade. Please acknowledge that we are not all out to get you, but rather we support you and wish you could do more. We need you now more than ever! Thank you for what you do!!

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    3. Appreciated. Hint, next time you see a police officer, say, "Hi, Office." They will think you have an officer in your family. Kind of an "inside baseball" joke.

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  65. And now we can post while not in the closet. Thanks CWB. The shit is hitting the fan. Expand your horizons.

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  66. There is zero respect for adults, much less police with the new generation of teens. There is no possible way that anyone I grew up with would disrespect and officer or any adult for that matter. We grew up poor in a one parent household with plenty of neglect, so that excuse for these punks is old. Manners are easily observed and copied, it comes down to a CHOICE. Prior to all the social services Centers in Boystown and Lakeview there was ZERO crime. Your only hope is to show these places for the scams that they are..(COH) and have their funding cut off...not an option you say?....okay...enjoy CHIRAQI...WORLD SH*THOLE, or whatever that idiot was screaming

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  67. First time on this blog. Very informative and good to see the comments of the people, here's my 2cents...
    The situation at Montrose Beach was not as bad as it could have been when you look at the totality, However the situation could have been a non factor or maybe not have even occurred if there were more police assigned to the 019th Dist. It is clear among the rank and file of the police department (Beat officers and Sergeants) and now even the TAXPAYER!
    Many years ago there was a unit within the department called SUMMER MOBILE. a sizable unit solely dedicated to the lakefront areas of Chicago and we were effective! rarely did we require assistance from the districts. Some officers were uniformed some were plain clothes and on occasion some were covert, again a very effective unit. This required the Department to be at FULL STRENGTH. 13,500 not the skeleton crew we see city wide. Six or Seven officers were taken from each of the 25 districts (yes we used to have 25 police districts) and assigned to this unit for the summer along with 2 sergeants from each district, thats over 200 police officers solely used for beach/lakefront areas and if needed were deployable to anywhere in the city. A very effective citywide unit.
    The current numbers could not muster a unit like this, however the department has managed to assemble a summer bicycle unit, which is nice to look at but grossly ineffective, here's why... 1) not highly mobile thus cannot be deployed to problem areas quickly. 2) requires district level support to be effective thereby depleting district level manpower i.e. bike cop makes arrest, needs district unit to transport offender(s), those units now out of service and so on... they are cute in those shorts in this bike friendly city but waste of resources.
    The problems are like an onion, layers and layers but the first corrective action is manpower, plain and simple. $65 million for Maggie Daley Park could have done wonders for an aging, antiquated, depleted Police department? I think the city could do without one more park that it will be unable to police?

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