Wednesday, October 01, 2014

HELTER SHELTER: More Developments At Youth Shelter; Tunney Says Failure To Help Police Is "Perception"

The 21-year-old The Crib youth shelter resident who's accused of fondling and forcefully kissing a Lakeview woman as she walked to work earlier this month failed to show up in court this week. An arrest warrant has been issued.

We are pleased to report that the victim of that incident has given us the green light to publish her account of what happened as well as her remarkable take-away. It’s a very good read and we will be posting it in the coming days.

Another Crib Arrest

There is more info today on an incident in which a client of The Crib was reported to have been seen attempting to crawl through an apartment window in the 800 block of Addison, a couple of doors from the shelter.

Police located the occupant of the apartment and a 20-year-old has been charged with disorderly conduct/peeping Tom. Joseph Robinson was also held for violating conditions of bail as he was facing theft of services charges at the time.

Encouragingly, three witnesses, all aged 20 or 21, gave statements to police and a CWB comment writer stated that the witnesses who helped police are Crib clients.

Alderman: Police “Perceive” They Cannot Go Into The Crib

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Crib staff refused to allow 19th district officers to enter the shelter as they sought a battery offender on September 9, according to a cop who was on scene. Staff also refused to bring the suspect out, the cop said. 

A week later, a different officer recounted that event when he was called to handle a different issue at the shelter. “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 [this new call] from the [parking] lot.”

According to Alderman Tom Tunney’s office, though, officers are merely “perceiving” these issues. An email from his office to one of our readers:
I know there have been some perceptions that the Crib does not allow the police inside without a warrant. This is not true.  Since the Crib is licensed through the City, the police can enter  any time without a warrant.  The police do need reasonable cause to come in, and they are able to enter if they are in direct pursuit of an individual or have reason to believe there is a criminal incident taking place inside.  
Another Tunney classic. The police are “perceiving” that they were not allowed into the Crib. We suppose they are also "perceiving" that Crib staff would not bring the battery suspect out of the shelter to meet with them.

Call us crazy, but we’re pretty sure veteran Chicago police officers have fairly sharp “perception” skills and they’re perfectly well-versed in the legalities of entering private property.

Now, here's a possibility: The officers know that if they exercised their legal authority to enter the Crib against management’s wishes, a shit storm would erupt and the city, the alderman, and probably their own department would throw them under the nearest bus.
Our office and the police continue to work with the Crib to ensure they are being a good neighbor. As always, please keep me apprised of any future incidents that occur.
Ahhhh bullshit, Tom. From the reader:
I have decided moving forward I will no longer be emailing Erin Duffy or the Alderman's office to update them on issues related to The Crib.  Instead, I will put my energy into campaigning for a new alderman when the time comes.  It seems to be like a more productive use of my time.
We perceive some dissatisfaction.

As always, our issue is not with clients of our neighborhood's service agencies who find themselves here in need of assistance. Our issue is with the two-faced management of many of these operations who say one thing in public and do another thing in real life. They do no favors for the community or their vulnerable clients when criminals are allowed to take advantage of their operation.
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20 comments:

  1. Wouldn't it be funny if the arsonist running around the area were a regular at the 'Crib?' Insert wishful thinking joke here.

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  2. Excellent point. The service provider agencies, by pandering to the minority who are uncivil, antagonistic and arrogant thugs, do a tremendous disservice to the remainder of young clients of those very same agencies who are genuinely seeking assistance in trying to better themselves.
    This is especially true for the Center on Halsted and Broadway Youth Center whose policies and practices turn away many well-meaning youth.
    Of course, this is only my perception. But I'd gauge my perception against Tom's any day.

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  3. I hope someone calls Tommie out on this, at tonight's CAPS meeting. I'd do it myself, but didn't know about the meeting until just now, and dammit all, I have a conflict. Make Tommie squirm. Hold him accountable. Not just on the Crib matter but on EVERYTHING he's dropping the ball on.

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    1. The CAPS meeting schedules don't change, so saying you just found out about is a BS excuse. Get out of the basement and leave your computer behind. Enjoy real time interaction with people.

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    2. Oh, were you there? Give us a report, please.

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  4. Drove past my hood and went around the corner, sure enough, three paddy wagons outside the COH...on my way home, two armed security guards in front...guess everyone has just accepted years and years of crime,nobody seems too upset about this breeding ground for it...

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  5. There was human feces at our back gate located a few doors down from The Crib a couple weeks ago (third time this happened since they opened.). Earlier this month, when a neighbor confronted Crib staff about a Crib client urinating on the private property next door, the Crib staff person, rather than handing the situation, responded with "If it was a Cubs fan, would you be mad?"

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    1. Another excellent example of being a lousy neighbor. One wonders exactly what efforts they make to try to be good neighbors.

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  6. It's a licensed establishment with the City---the police have every right to go inside if they deem it necessary. They need a warrant to enter your home, but not a licensed establishment.

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    1. The prime difference being that if officers exercise that authority on thee particular licensed establishments, the establishments would scream at the abhorrence of it all. Cue Boystown media circus.

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    2. Are you kidding? I have read this blog long enough to know the editors are doing it for the right reasons... but this comment seems way off? Because the "establishments" will scream at the abhorrence of it, you don't wish for the laws of the land to be enforced on them? If that's the attitude people are going to take, your neighborhood (I say yours because I live in a different state) deserves what it is getting. My advice is simple - ditch the politically correct BS and say what needs to be said, do what needs to be done, and expect what needs to be expected going forward.

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    3. agreed. the police know they can go inside but chose not to. not saying the crib is anything great--but just saying that the police know they have the authority to enter even if the crib says they "can't."

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  7. I guess when I got food poisoning at Ann Sathers years ago that was just my perception.

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  8. What's in this for Tunney? the question must be asked. The Crib and these other places are detriments to his ward and his constituents, yet he bends over backward to facilitate them and cover for them. Anyone who has ever been to a CAPS meeting or who attended last year's SELVN meeting regarding the BYC is well acquainted with his blank stare and babbling excuses whenever the problems with these social service agencies comes up.

    Last summer I and friend went to the police station and met with Commander Vulgaris, Sgt. Clark and two police officers. We asked point-blank, "What is the cause of the problems we're seeing in this neighborhood?" and without hesitation they said, "Those places." They further explained the obvious...The Center, BYC, the Crib and the Night Ministry have lured in a criminal element and have provided a network for them to operate in the neighborhood. They would never say that publically, but privately that is what they told us. So what's in this for Tunney? The question must be asked.

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    1. Tunney is a Believer in the mold of his buddy Helen Schiller. This isn't a problem to be dealt with, it's the intent. De-gentrification is the agenda.

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  9. And once again Tunney lied and won't be held accountable or even asked about it. We deserve this clown as our alderman since nothing is ever done. He must laugh his way to the bank every time he gets his excessive pay check compliments of us sheep.

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    1. Oh, he will be asked about it. In due time, in due time .... he is about to have a major public embarrassment going into the next election. Stay tuned ....

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  10. "I know there have been some perceptions that the Crib does not allow the police inside without a warrant."

    What a spineless waste of oxygen. The sooner he's gone the better. He sure knows how to be
    an activist and vocal when it comes to Wrigley Field and the rooftop owners and the PrideParade.
    "being a good neighbor."

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2f8l1fYDXeA

    ..."The Pride Parade is a part of Lakeview’s tradition but we need a larger police presence after the parade that reflects the size of the crowd and keeps our residents safe,” Tunney said.

    http://chicagophoenix.com/2014/09/27/move-the-chicago-pride-parade-tunney-releases-survey-results/

    Total uber hypocrite. Be gone with you!

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