Thursday, August 14, 2014

UPTOWN: 13 Taken Into Custody Overnight; Second Street Disturbance This Week

A Google map of the area where two large street
disturbances have erupted this week.
For the second time this week, 19th district police were called to quell a large street disturbance in Uptown last night.

At least thirteen people were taken into custody after police broke up a huge “party” that spilled into the street and out the back of a “known gang building” near Truman College.

Supposed “partiers” flooded into the streets and a nearby Target parking lot. Arriving officers repeatedly warned each other to use caution after seeing several people running from the party while holding their sides, possibly to secure firearms as they ran.

Last night’s incident erupted just two blocks from the scene of another large “party” dispersal on Monday night. Video of Monday's incident has received widespread local news coverage.

While the police department claimed that no arrests were made Monday, the same cannot be said about last night’s dust up.

The tick-tock:

11:18PM - Report of “30 to 40 teens” drinking on the street and behind a “known gang building” in the 4400 block of Clifton.

11:22PM - Units report “a bunch” of people fleeing across a fence into the Target parking lot. Some are holding their sides.

11:23PM - 15 to 20 have jumped into the Target lot. Another 30 remain in the back yard.

11:27PM - The building area has been cleared out, but there’s still “50 to 60 walking up and down” around Sunnyside and Racine. Have more cars cruise through.

11:31PM - “Grab the one with a rag on his head!”

11:32PM - Foot pursuit, eastbound on Sunnyside. “Use caution.”

11:33PM - Pursuit target captured near Clinton and Montrose.

11:38PM - Area North Gang Unit: We dispersed gang members earlier. Arresting one now for returning.

11:39PM - Large crowd of young men in the street, 4500 block of Malden. “We’re pushing them down Sunnyside.”

11:42PM - Tactical team taking two arrestees to the station.

11:51PM - Paddy wagon taking seven arrestees to the station.

11:52PM - Another tactical team taking three arrestees to station.

Uptown Alderman James Cappleman, an expert in treating symptoms but not diseases, said Monday’s mayhem came after, "a mom had rented a room at Chase Park for her child's 15th birthday with around 50 kids in attendance.”

The solution? "I've been told that Chase Park will now limit room rentals for birthday parties to children 10 and under to prevent this type of thing from happening again in the future."

Because teenagers wouldn’t possibly attend such birthday parties.

Cappleman is the same alderman who suggested that safety issues at Montrose Beach—like, say, rioting—might be prevented by getting rid of parking spots.

Jesus. And you thought our alderman could be kooky.
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24 comments:

  1. Well, it should be an interesting weekend. With 2 major gang disturbances in the Uptown area you can bet that most of the police resources will be assigned up in that area. That means Belmont/Halsted/Clark will have less cops. Anyone want to predict where the next act of mayhem will occur?

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  2. Like so many other aldercreatures before him, Cappleman talked a good talk whilst campaigning, but the end result is wishy-washy disappointment after disappointment.

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  3. The Alderman is ridiculous and ineffective. The teens in the neighborhood hate and ridicule him and that does not help.

    The park district will shrug off his latest attempt at appeasement the same way they shrugged off his friends pretty scheme to replace parking at the beach with a bird sanctuary and Duvvy bike stations.
    Or....his proposal to fine elderly pigeon feeders $1000. the guy is a royal douche.

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    1. "The teens in the neighborhood hate and ridicule him and that does not help."

      I can tell you, when I was a teenager it really didn't matter how I felt about the alderman or if I even had and opinion of him. My parents along with all of the other parents in the neighborhood would never have tolerated or allowed this type of behavior from their kids.

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    2. i didn't even know who my alderman was because i was living a care-free but appropriate life of a young person....school, friends, sports, family life, road trips to visit relatives. i had no need to be involved in politics or criminality. i was busy being a kid. and yes, my parents would have seriously punished me if i had gotten off the straight and narrow!

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  4. Good people don't want to be an alderman

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  5. I live in Uptown and James Cappleman is my Alderman. I think he is doing a very good job. In years past there were shootings after shootings in the warmer months, several right outside my window. Since Cappleman has become Alderman, Uptown is a much more pleasant place to live. His office will return phone calls and work with you regarding neighborhood issues (loitering, drug activity, gang activity). He is often out walking or riding his bike in the evening to talk to people and get a feel for things. No Uptown is not perfect, there are still gang issues, but I now want to stay in Uptown and work to make it better instead of wanting to flee. A great deal of this has to do with James Cappleman and the changes since his watch.

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    1. Cappleman is a goof. He's the same guy who said he's unqualified to comment on police staffing levels.
      If he can't comment on such an important issue of public safety, why should he remain an alderman?
      Further, his crusade against the poor people in the ward, his quest for unbridled gentrification at the cost of SROs, and his petty little war against the Salvation Army, the People's Church, and pigeons should all relegate him to the trash heap of history.

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    2. "Get a feel for things"???? Give me a fucking break. Bleeding heart social workers like him solve nothing.

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    3. Yes, Uptown is safer at the expense of Lakeviewand and I feel he has contributed to that. I do give him credit for getting the dreadful bed bug infested hotel closed and voting for the Halsted flats. In the end though I have a problem with him for not telling the truth when he told us he wouldn't vote for a budget that didn't include money for more cops.

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  6. Do these arrests ever result in anything? Or are they out the next day?

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    1. Oh, hell. Sometimes they're out the SAME day.

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  7. Crime is down in Uptown since Cappleman came on in May 2011. According to chicagotribune.com-

    Uptown May 2010 (before Cappleman)-Violent Crimes 32
    Property Crimes 146
    Quality of Life Crimes 91

    Uptown May 2014 (During Cappleman) Violent Crime 19
    Property Crime 96
    Quality of Life 74
    Could have pulled any of the summer months, crime is down in Uptown. Maybe a bleeding heart social worker can do something??????????????

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    1. Ah, no. The POLICE did something.

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  8. I'm a little confused. Is Cappleman a bleeding heart social worker or on a crusade against the poor people in his ward?

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  9. Least we forget, Cappleman is the Alderman who represents half of the intersection of Halsted and Cornelia north to Halsted and Waveland across the street from COH. We don't give him enough grief for the crap happening in Boystown which he deserves right along with Tunney. He needs to be reminded that his focus solely on Uptown means he is ignoring his Lakeview constituents!!!

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    1. Maybe he don't give a crap about Lakeview because very few people in that portion of his ward actually vote. Please, people register to vote and vote!

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  10. "At least thirteen people were taken into custody after police broke up a huge “party” that spilled into the street and out the back of a “known gang building” near Truman College." What is the address of this building? Cappleman is doing a awesome job! It is so much better in the Ward than when our previous alderman was in power. Things are moving forward. Some people don't like change but it is happening.

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  11. I'd like to know why a “known gang building” can exist. If you know it, why can't you use legal channels and police pressure to shut it down?

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    1. Because you have to have a landlord that works with the community to control the goings-on in and around their buildings, have them screen their tenants, and have them do leases that are enforceable in court to get rid of those tenants that harbor gang members. The landlord of that building spent several years in housing court, trying to evict the mother of the area gang's leader. They finally moved her out, but gangs are like cockroaches--they keep coming back unless you're relentless about keeping them out.

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  12. James is frequently in the south end of his ward talking with business owners and citizens. His "campaign" against the poor resulted in the closing of the hotel chateau, a crime hotspot and all around unsafe place for ANYONE to live. I've seen him out in the street picking up trash, painting over graffiti... Give the guy a break. Name one other alderman doing the work cappelman does.

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    1. Cappelman is just another ineffective social worker...now being paid more than most of them. The former residents of the Hotel Chateau will just be moving into the new low-income apartments being built on Halsted. An Alderman earning over $100,000 a year at taxpayer expense should have more important Leadership duties than picking up trash and painting over graffiti himself. An effective Leader would create a plan with the CPD and the judicial system to have the scum who trash the streets and create the graffiti cleaning up after themselves.

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  13. I'm indifferent about Cappleman. He seems like a typical inefficient lackluster alderman but doesn't have that sleazy aura around him like Tunney does. So in that regard, I guess that's an improvement?

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  14. To the "Aunt Beth" poster. Riddle me this. If there are no police to write reports and document incidents, does that mean that there is no crime? Most of the time, we are so busy going from job to job, that victims leave, especially if there are no injuries. Rahm wants to thank you for believing the smoke and mirrors.

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