Tuesday, September 09, 2014

TWO-FACED: Alleged Battery Offender Shielded By Church Group, Cops Say

Time after time, churches and social service agencies have told CWB and community groups that they consider the Chicago Police to be "partners" in their missions. And time after time, CWB learns of incidents that fly directly counter to their claims.

Verbatim transcript of 19th district radio transmissions from Tuesday night:

8:32PM
UNIT 1922: Do me a favor. Will you send a car and, if you have (one), a supervisor to the church across the street from the station? We’re trying to effect an arrest on a battery offender.

[…]

UNIT 1915: I’m with [Unit 1922]. We got a crowd.

[…]

8:37PM: Sergeant arrives.

8:49PM
UNIT 1922: OK, for the record. Lakeview Lutheran Church, their LGBT pride group, refused to bring the offender out and [now] after discussion with the victim, the victim does not want a report.

Lakeview Lutheran Church is home of The Crib LGBT youth shelter.
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15 comments:

  1. That is despicable behavior - how can possibly harboring a suspect and/or deliberately being obstructive in a police matter NOT be a crime or absolute cause for a license revocation? Jeeze ... who allows this garbage?? If a 'shelter' or church gets such a record, they should be shut down until they prove they're compliant with common sense and cooperate with the cops.

    Other Chicago crime info:

    Photographing Shootings in Chicago on a Long, Hot Summer Night

    http://www.vice.com/read/fresh-scenes-0000437-v21n9

    At this point, nice as this mild summer's been, I'm ready to start looking forward to snow, ice and freezing temps.

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  2. Shelters and social service agencies should be required by law to assist law enforcement in any matter pertaining to criminal activity. They would fight tooth and nail against that sort of regulation because they'd lose a large percentage of their clientele...and their funding depends on maintaining a head count. They don't care if those heads are attached to criminals and gang members just as long as they get the bodies in the door. So you have agencies deliberately attracting in a dangerous element, and that dangerous element taking full advantage of the agencies. It's a very toxic dynamic.

    I also feel there should be a moratorium placed on shelters and social service agencies operating out of the neighborhood. We've exceeded the limit of what can be reasonably and safely maintained.

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  3. Coincidentally, I was in a cab going east on Addison at about that very time last night. There was a group of older teens/young adults fighting in the middle of the street. My cab driver had to swerve and slam on the breaks to keep from hitting them.

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    1. I wish someone could explain how "a group of older teens/young adults fighting in the middle of the street" could happen directly in front of the police station.

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    2. Well, they apparently have a nearby safe harbor, so what are the consequences?

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    3. I was astonished. How arrogant/oblivious do you have to be to get into a fight in the middle of the street that has a lot of traffic? And how many times do we hear about crimes being committed across the street from the police station? Clearly, the people committing these crimes have absolutely zero respect for the police if they have no qualms committing crimes within 50 feet of the station.

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    4. Not that this will make it past the censoring but, who cares if two residents of the lake view church beat the hell out of each other? I say do it more to each other and get more violent! Maybe you can keep your violent behavior amongst yourselves instead of the residents of this neighborhood...

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    5. The issue is that service agencies and churches provide safe harbor for individuals actively being sought by the police. But you knew that.

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  4. Fighting appears to be the option of first resort as they are lacking in conflict resolution skills as well as in basic civil comportment.

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  5. Mainline protestant churches are generally losing membership while nondenominational churches are gaining membership. A number of mainline protestant churches in Lakeview and other places are generating revenue by renting space to social service agencies or by providing social services themselves. More clients produce more revenue. Therefore the agencies refuse to require identification and they refuse to cooperate with police, claming this would violate HIPAA. Its not about the mission, its about generating revenue. Chicago is a big city and there are plenty of more affordable locations which are compliant with zoning.

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  6. HIPAA? are you fucking kidding? HIPAA has fuck-all to do with these bullshit shelters and their vermin "clients". CPD should ask these fucktards if they even have read the protocol governing that stuff, i doubt if they have. when they pull that shit, its harboring/ aiding and abetting, plain and simple, and those are both crimes.

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  7. I would imagine that there are no more Lutherans at that Lutheran church. Or either I am wrong and there was a simple misunderstanding after a pot luck or a bake sale.

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  8. ALL of you seriously need some mental evaluations. You guys have NO CLUE what these youth have to go through. All because you guys aren't in their shoes. The economy treated you well and that's why you people have no sympathy. If you people haven't realized there is crime EVERYWHERE. no matter WHERE you go. I know you guys are complaining because you want them gone but come on. What if it where you? some of these people NEED that place why not keep them all in one spot then scattered in the neighborhood.. just saying >.>

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    1. The issue is the two-faced management, not the kids who need help. It's the managers of this operation who claim to be "partners" with police at public meetings, but who obstruct police efforts when crimes are reported. It is also the managers who do exactly what you've done—attempt to shift focus away from their lousy performance to make it appear that residents are hateful and any number of "ists."

      It's a tired, worn-out strategy. The amount of effort it would take for these managers to do their job the right way is minimal, but they refuse to walk the talk.

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