Monday, October 13, 2014

WEEKEND: Police Blotter; A "Chinaman" In Boystown?

Thursday

12:11PM — Police respond to the 7-Eleven at Broadway and Waveland after two "youths" came into the store and punch an employee. The suspects are known to hang out at the Center on Halsted, according to the victim who describes the primary offender as male, Hispanic, 5'8" tall, 150 pounds, wearing a gray/purplish hoodie and gray pants. Case HX461095. UPDATE OCT 16: This case has now been upgraded to an attempted strong arm robbery.

Friday

12:05AM — About 20 people detained in a CPD/Illinois Secretary of State Police operation at Barn & Company, a BBQ restaurant at Wrightwood and Sheffield in Lincoln Park.

1:02AM — Scanner highlight: "Find Mr. [name] outside the bar. He says his wife is inside having sexual relations with a group of men in the lounge area."

1:37AM — Witness reports man breaking into cars at Roscoe and Clark. He is taken into custody moments later in the 800 block of Buckingham.

5:18AM — Police respond to the 3300 block of Sheffield after a neighbor hears screams coming from a residential parking garage. Ozzie Scott is charged with severely beating a woman in an attempted robbery.

Saturday

12:00AM — The CPD unit that conducted yesterday's operation at the Lincoln Park BBQ restaurant is posted at Wrightwood and Sheffield, just to keep an eye on things.

12:02AM — Man at Wrightwood and Wilton, one block from the BBQ units, says two offenders approached him and put guns to his head in an attempted robbery. The victim, who later tells his story on Reddit, slips away and the offenders flee empty-handed. The neighboring 18th district reports having a similar robbery in the same general time period a few blocks away. Two offenders, both armed with guns, were involved in that case, too. Case HX463107.

The two incidents bear some similarities to last month's "Young Guns" pattern in which multiple young offenders, all bearing handguns, robbed a series of victims over the course of several days. (Stories here and here.)

12:35AM — Unit working with the BBQ police calls for back-up at another nearby bar after a large crowd forms around them in a parking lot. One arrest. "Licensed premise" inspection conducted and a liquor violation is issued. Case HX463133

10:39PM — Behind the Sherwin Williams store at Halsted and Aldine, there's a van of people having sex.

Also..

To the surprise of few, CBS2 reports that the 19th police district (That's us!) has the most bike thefts in Chicago. Beat 1922, which lies just west of Wrigleyville and Boystown, is the #1 beat for bike theft.

Finally, Grab Some Popcorn...

Yep. It's racist.
As five people who are very well aware of Boystown's hypersensitivity, we're rather surprised by the name of a new restaurant coming to the heart of the Halsted strip: "Chop Chop Chinaman."

The restaurant's business license—the only licensed Illinois business with the word "Chinaman" in its name—is held by a Ms. Lee.

In 1997, Canada stripped a 7,897-foot mountain of the racist name "Chinaman's Hat" in favor of "Ha Ling Peak."

California politicians called for a Fox News host to resign this summer after he used the term "Chinamen" in a xenophobic rant. Or, for the more TMZ-oriented, Mylie Cyrus something something.
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22 comments:

  1. chop chop is also a term polish immigrants use to describe a sexual act.

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    1. It's probably subliminal like that Dirty Sanchez tequila place.

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    2. In either case it's still an ethnic slur -- and regardless of whether this Ms. Lee is of Asian background or not (or whether she's serving as the 'front' for someone more behind-the-scenes to justify such a name for this place), I'm not surprised that the word-on-the-street (i.e. public relations) for this establishment has already become negative. Especially since so many of us of Asian descent have grown up in the U.S. (and even Chicago) bearing the brunt of such ethnic slurs in the first place..!

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    3. Damn right, Marie! A slur is a slur. It's not a cute name any more than it would be if some other ethnic slur were to be used in that way.

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  2. The unit "assigned" to the BBQ place can just shut it down and take care of the violent crime on the streets.

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  3. I thought the Out Hotel was going where Chop Chop is going?

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    1. The "Out Hotel" will never see the light of day. The developers learned about the truth of the 'hood from this blog, and now the monstrosity will (fortunately) not be built.

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  4. New Yorkers also say "chop chop" when they want someone to move their ass and hurry up, usually as in get on the stick, get on task, get busy. I've even heard some northeastern teachers say this to students!

    Now - I want to hear more details about the group of people having sex in the van behind Sherwin Williams!

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    1. That's not at all just a northeast thing.

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    2. Couldn't care less about the name. Since Mark's closed I've been going through soy sauce withdrawal. Hope it is worth the wait.

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    3. Peking is pretty good further south on halsted near belmont

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    4. Agree on Peking Chinese Kitchen. Solid Americanized Chinese food.

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  5. I'm the guy from the attempted robbery on Wrightwood. I was told to come here and let you guys know about that, but I see that you've already got it covered. Good job Guys! Let me know if I can provide anything else that may be important to you.

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    1. Anonymous, I read your story on Reddit. Gnarly!! Glad you made it out safe and with your stuff.

      You wrote, "I really didn't even care to call the cops to be honest but I just wanted to make sure no one else got hurt." Thank you for calling the cops!! This was (and always is) absolutely the right thing to do and might have prevented further theft or worse for someone else like you suggested.

      Even though you might not live in Boystown, this blog is excellent and does cover areas a bit wider than just the Boystown and Wrigleyville areas. Bookmark it and let your friends know about it, too. You'll be shocked at how often this kind of stuff is happening around our seemingly "safe" neighborhood including Lincoln Park.

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    2. Thank you both for the kind words. And we echo the thanks for calling the police and filing a report. Without reports, crimes are not counted and patterns can be missed.

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  6. Sorry this happened to you anon. I live just down Wrightwood across from Jonquil Park but I'm old and not out at 12:02 AM.

    However, I am out at 10:39 PM....

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  7. Yes, let's see if the people who pour out of the area churches and call their neighbors racist because they detect hidden messages in dog whistle words like "criminal thug" when applied toward and actual criminal thug.

    Come on, everyone. If you really care about respect for all, you should be campaigning against this blatant racist word usage just as strongly as you blather about the "secret messages."

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    1. That's the problem in our country everyone wants to be so PC and not call things what they are.

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    2. No ... not everyone. I call it as I see it, and if it's perceived as "not PC," then, basically, tough shit.

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  8. I posted this on Everyblock but wanted to post here as well:

    I was walking out to my car on Sunday morning and found some keys in front of my car. I have no idea how they got there, but am trying to locate the owner and get them safely returned. There is a Mercedes Key Fob, key for another vehicle (maybe a Honda?), smaller key that was made at Ace Hardware, standard silver key, Walgreens Rewards Card and Binny's Rewards Card. If these are yours, please let me know.

    -Daniel

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    1. Thank you for thinking of commenting here, Daniel. A couple of other options for you to explore: Contact Walgreens and/or Binny's. They probably have contact information somewhere.

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  9. I agree, probably going to head over to Binny's later this week. I'm sure there's a phone number associated with the rewards account so hopefully they'll call him or her.

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