Sunday, September 21, 2014

WALK THE TALK: Heading To Work, Woman Is Groped Outside Youth Shelter; Cops Hurt During Arrest

Lake View Lutheran Church, home of The Crib youth shelter.
CWB does not have access to the suspect's mugshot because he
was released on an I-Bond.
(Image: DNAInfo)
Malaki Mercado, a 21-year-old client of The Crib youth shelter is charged with battery and resisting police after allegedly groping and forcibly kissing a Lake View woman as she walked on Addison Street near the shelter.

As the 23-year-old woman walked toward the Addison Red Line station on her way to work at 8:45AM September 8th, Mercado approached her from behind and “grabbed her vagina and buttocks through clothing," court filings say.

When the shocked victim turned around, the report says, Mercado pulled her face to his and “forcefully” kissed her.

The victim screamed and ran into the nearby 19th district police station.

Officers walked out and approached Mercado, but he “spun around to run” and then resisted arrest, police say, causing one officer to fall and get dragged “a few feet” before a second officer gained control. Both officers reported receiving minor injuries.

Mercado, who arrived in Chicago from Utah last month, is free on a $1,500 I-Bond “due to the time constraints” of getting him in front of a judge while also providing treatment for an arm injury he received during the arrest, according to court filings.

The victim wrote a detailed, impassioned account of the incident online. CWB has sent her a message on Facebook seeking her permission to publish her story. Since we are not "friends" with her, our message is probably hiding in her "other" folder.

Karma

On September 9, the day after the woman was allegedly battered, CWB reported that a 19th district officer said workers at The Crib refused to assist with police efforts to arrest a suspected battery offender who was believed to be inside the shelter.

At a Triangle Neighbors Association community meeting the next night, a representative of The Night Ministry, which operates The Crib, said they would look into it and provide information at the group’s next meeting.

While they "look into it," 19th district officers have a clear recollection of what happened. This past Tuesday, exactly one week after our report, police were again requested at The Crib:

8:27PM September 16
Dispatcher — 835 West Addison. Inside or in front of the Lake View [Lutheran] Church. [Female name] is harassing people inside the shelter. She’s wearing a ski hat and leggings.
Officer — Call them back and have them meet me in the parking lot... Last week they refused to assist the police and didn’t want us to come in. So, if that’s going to be the same thing, we will just handle it from the lot. 
The unit arrived and reported “a crowd of 15, 20 people” in the lot, but nobody approached the police, so they left.

Other Matters

• On Thursday, a “youth” who was seen trying to crawl through a Wrigleyville apartment window went to The Crib’s parking lot to mingle after failing to get into the home. Police did not immediately file a report because they could not locate the apartment’s occupants.

• On September 9, CWB reported that a 23-year-old self-admitted Gangster Disciple with a number of theft-related convictions lists The Crib as his home address.

Quote/Unquote

CWB’s position has always been that service agencies play an important role in our community. Well-managed agencies. Ones that are truly good neighbors. Ones that don't say police are their "partners" during public meetings, but operate in a way that hamstrings the police. It's time for The Crib to walk the talk.
"We see very little criminal activity in the programs that we fund.We want to be sure that they're doing right by the clients and doing right by the community." John Pfeiffer, deputy commissioner of the city's Department of Family and Support Services
“‘This is a NIMBY [Not In My Backyard] issue,'Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) said at a CAPS meeting earlier this year in reference to The Night Ministry's youth homeless shelter, The Crib. 'It's an issue of perception of safety.'" — DNAInfo, June 2013
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33 comments:

  1. When you say client is that a resident? What are the appropriate steps to close The Crib? Can we in the neighborhood win with the alderman siding with The Crib and the COH?

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  2. These social service agencies are con jobs that put a lot of money in certain people's pockets...including, I highly suspect, one particular alderman. It's become a fast and easy way for small churches to fill their coffers in the face of dwindling congregations. John Pfeiffer, Tunney, the Night Ministry (throw in Howard Brown and the Center, too) and the pastors of these churches don't care about this neighborhood. Over and over again they've given the finger to the neighorhood and its tax paying residents.

    "This is a NIMBY [Not In My Backyard] issue,'Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) said..." I'll say it: YOU'RE DAMN RIGHT IT IS! I've worked hard for years for the little bit I've got, and I'll be damned if I'm going to quietly sit by and let low-life trash take it because a certain head count is needed to keep the cash flowing to these organizations, churches and politicians. Tunney's got to go, period. Running him out of office wouldn't solve the problem, but it would be a start...and send a serious message.

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    1. Preach, Michael!! Amen!

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    2. "low-life trash" ? Michael, perhaps you should seek psychological counseling as you apparently have some serious issues to discuss with a trained mental health professional. You may benefit from seeking assistance at the center on Halsted.

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    3. It would be easy for the crib to sift out the "low life trash" as Michael put it and run a straight forward service that cares about its neighbors, too. Low life trash is a bit harsh but it is appropriate for the individuals who steal and grope and beat people. The crib should get rid of those lowlifes to protect the kids who come there for help. They wont though because the crib needs a head count to keep money coming in. Thats what sucks. There are good kids who go there but they are put together with the bad apples and that makes their path all the more difficult.

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    4. Great comment, Michael. Yes, they are low life trash and the kids who truly need the help are probably terrified of the gang bangers and low lives that hang out there. I agree that it's all about the head count/money. They don't give a shit about the tax-paying residents of the neighborhood. Tunney needs to go, And so does that idiot Cappleman and Michelle Smith. Worthless, all of them.

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    5. "Low-life trash" is actually a very polite term for describing them.

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    6. I nominate Michael for alderman!!!

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  3. Is The Crib or Night Ministry funded by taxpayers? If so, do we know what percentage?
    Who else donates to them?
    How much is the Lakeview Lutheran Church getting to use their facilities?
    They all need to be held accountable to the neighborhood once and for all especially, but not only, if we are funding them!

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  4. Maybe a developer can buy the crib property and build luxury housing

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  5. The Crib is a problem....the $1500 I Bond is a problem too! The guy is from Utah, do they really think he going to appear? "Time Constraints"? What does that mean? Surely, an offender getting injured during the arrest doesn't prevent a cash bond that assures his appearance or keeps him locked up until trial.

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  6. There's a facebook profile for that guy here:
    https://www.facebook.com/malaki.mercado?fref=browse_search

    If you read some of his recent comments, it's apparent he was traveling around the U.S. Since the attack, he hasn't posted anything. Maybe his arm injury prevents him from typing.

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  7. "It's an order of magnitude," Pfeiffer said. "If someone commits a survival crime, no, I don’t think they should bar them from shelter."

    Remember this, when the next BYC or Crib customer steals your bicycle and sells it so he can eat. It's only a "survival crime."

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    1. Survival crime is a nonexistent legal term. Crime is crime. Period. What a dufus response.

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  8. Regarding funding, The Crib is not separated from The Night Ministry, but here is a link to the Night Ministry 2012 annual report (apparently the most recent available from their website). Page 14 and following pages list their funding sources. http://www.thenightministry.org/annual%20report_FY12_Online%20Version.pdf

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    1. Thank you!
      So 37% is from "Government" for a total of $2,068,663.
      36% is from "Private Foundations" for $2,038,786.
      The rest of from Individuals and Corporations.

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  9. Hardly any donors live here in the neighborhood.

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  10. I would like to see a victim of a crime that is perpetrated by one of these losers calling The Crib/ COH/BYC etc 'home' file a lawsuit against those organizations.

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    1. Okay, now we're talking! This is an excellent idea!! How can we assist the next victim in doing this?

      Aside from actually, maybe, really, truly, finally holding them accountable a lawsuit that is publicized could finally bring some much needed attention to the public at large who still don't know this is all happening unless they read this fantastic blog.

      Thank you, Anonymous...and CWB!!

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  11. Can someone please explain to me how a 21 year-old MAN can be a client at a "youth shelter?" I'm being serious. The word "youth" implies being below the age of majority, does it not?

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  12. I'm not sure what the term "youth" means anymore. Mainstream media uses that word as well as "teenager" to describe certain people who commit crimes. I don't think it has anything to do with age anymore when used in the "quoted" context.

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  13. I think you guys might be going at this the wrong way. I've been a volunteer for the night ministry for about nine years. I've seen a fare share of bullshit that was sparked up by the youth, not just the homeless youth. i think what need to happen is that you all should follow process of elimination. this article seems like an example of it if I'm not mistaken. I personally got to know most of these kids out there. they're not all bad. just take your time and pick out the bad apples like the ones who rob, steal, and prostitutes and whatnot. Its not that hard guys.

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    1. Well said, johnathan. Thank you for taking time to comment and for your service to our community.

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  14. Jonathan, I appreciate your service to our community. I would like your take on why the workers from The Crib would not assist the police investigating a sexual assault. Unacceptable. And as for Alderman Tunney, the first time it happens to a member of your family you worthless prick, you tell me if it is a case of NIMBY.

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    1. simple. They're not allowed to reveal information about any client of the crib in any manner. once they enter that door in the crib, all of the patrons identities are kept secret from the outside world. for example, if you were to go to the door and ask for a person or people, they can't tell you or anyone for that matter who is in there. If they do that, they get put at risk for losing their job for breaching confidentiality, even if the police were involved.

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    2. The man who groped the woman was on the street and was arrested on the street.

      The incident you are thinking of is a different battery. In that case, officers were seeking a suspected battery offender who was believed to have gone inside The Crib. The operators of the shelter refused to assist police, according to officers who were on the scene.

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    3. oh yeah, you're right. once a youth leaves the crib, byc, or coh, i don't think they(offenders) should be identified/treated as affiliates of those services though.

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    4. We can understand your point of view. We state offender affiliation specifically because the operators of nearly all of the neighborhood's service agencies have denied any connection whatsoever to criminal behavior. We are here to document the facts. We wish you well on the road ahead and hope you will stay involved in the conversation here. You provide a valuable voice.

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  15. The staff of The Crib never hid the individual the day of the situation. He was arrested and put in a mental hospital.
    And the person trying to crawl thru the window was stopped by the 3 clients of the crib, myself being one of them, but that wasnt mentioned.
    We are not all bad

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    1. This is wonderful information, anonymous. Unfortunately, the Night MInistry has a policy of not commenting on any police issues whatsoever. And, by the way, we DO ask for their side of stories. If they won't comment, we're left to report what we have and that information comes from victims, police, and residents.

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    2. the youth was 20 when he was arrested

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  16. You call yourselves human beings, those to whomever made negative comments, you are despicaple and should be ASHAMED of yourself! I work and live in this neighborhood, and not for ONE second would I stop these much needed services, which many in Lakeview receive, including PRIMARY CARE from Howard Brown Health Center.

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    1. CWB is not seeking the closure of any service agency, Anonymous. However, the knee-jerk reaction of those agencies is to shout "Racism!" "Ageism!" "Classism!" "Transphobia!" and a litany of other slurs.

      Do you know why that's their reaction? Because it deflects attention from the real problem: Their poor performance as managers and neighbors.

      They come to community meetings and claim to be wonderful neighbors who love working with the police. Then they leave and refuse to co-operate when officers believe offenders are inside their operation. Two-faced is what that is.

      The neighborhood and the many good people who truly need help would benefit from a cleaned-up operation. And by cleaned-up, we're referring to the adults who run the places.

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