Friday, November 07, 2014

HO-HO-NO: Bar Crawl Needs More Security—Commander

A woman is buried in cereal during the 2012 TBOX. (Festa Parties)
The TBOX Christmas bar crawl returns to Wrigleyville on December 13 and 19th district police leaders are demanding more help from the event’s organizer.

CWB tallied 11 TBOX arrests last year. That’s not great, but it was better than 2012 when one man got stabbed with a bottle by a drunken (his lawyer says “drugged”) TBOXer.

At Wednesday’s CAPS meeting for Wrigleyville and Boystown, 19th district Commander Elias Voulgaris said that he has asked TBOX to hire more police officers to supplement the organization’s security staff.

If TBOX thought that adding the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation to its charity beneficiaries this year would earn them some slack, they appear to be mistaken.

Our understanding is that the CPD "request" for more cops is actually more of a demand.

A layer of eight police officers "protects" the south entrance
to Water Tower Place during last year's holiday season.

A Holiday Gift From Headquarters

Michigan Avenue, which is layered thick with cops year-round, will soon return to ridiculously-over-policed status for the holiday season. On a positive note this year, the 19th district will not have any of its officers reassigned to the shopping district “window detail.”

Only our two Probationary Police Officers will be sent to protect Touristville.
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23 comments:

  1. Jesus, TBOX sounds like a drunken stumble through a parade of douche bars. No thank you. Remind me not to be around on that day...

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    1. You're missing out on a treat if you haven't seen the mayhem before. Two years ago I saw one TBOX participant passed out on the corner of Halsted/Clark/Barry. It was 1:00. In the afternoon.

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  2. TBOX should distribute barf bags to each of their guests to reduce the amount of vomit on our sidewalks and lawns.

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    1. Funny! And not a bad idea. Spare everyone the idiotic waste of cereal and give away barf bags instead of the stickers and chotchskeys.

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  3. I've never understood these clusters of police along Michigan Ave. What a waste of manpower. As long as they are standing there, why don't they walk to the curb and pull over all those drivers using their cell phones while driving and issue tickets? They could soon reduce the city budget.

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    1. As a frequent Michigan Avenue shopper I am delighted that clusters of cops are located there to protect decent people from roving hordes of thugs who come there looking for crimes of opportunity as they terrorize, rob, and beat.

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    2. Oh, if I had a badge just to be able to ticket everyone using a cell phone while driving. I would write the most tickets in the history of the Department.

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    3. Most of those police on Michigan Avenue are trainees anyway. Not to defend their clustering, but I don't think they can actually go out and make arrests; I could be wrong, but check their badges and you'll see they aren't full PO's yet.

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    4. Anon, if they actually have badges THEY ARE POLICE! You don't get a badge until you graduate... Which means you have the full authority by the state of Illinois to arrest.

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    5. In Chicago we receive stars, not badges. And while I'm at it, we drive squads, not cruisers and the boss is the Superintendent of Police, not the Chief or Commissioner. This concludes your CPD language lesson for today. Tomorrow we'll discuss the difference between a "tune-up" and a "wood shampoo."

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    6. I ride an express bus on outer Lake Shore Drive, and I'm amazed at all the people talking and TEXTING as they drive. Amazing.

      I'd also like police to stop, ticket and/or arrest all the drivers that nearly run down pedestrians on a daily basis. I cannot believe how reckless the fools drive. I'm very careful and don't cross the street until I look into the eyes of the drive....so I know they see me. But many times they still enter the intersections (while I'm still crossing) and damn near hit me.

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  4. I'd rather deal with a bunch of hammered transplant kids than the usual "element" causing problems in the neighborhood. Speaking of which, I got home around 2 p.m. yesterday and there were 2-3 squad cars outside of the COH with their lights flashing. So unusual!

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  5. Only 3 one man cars tonight for Friday night.
    Lot of officers took off, seems like the same ones again every weekend. Same old story.
    Hope the colder weather helps keep the peace.

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    1. It's unbelieveable how many guys are given the night off on weekends. There is a ton of manpower but when a large number are off it wouldn't matter if 200 cops woked the night shift.

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  6. As a frequent Michigan Avenue shopper and a former Michigan Ave resident, I am appalled at the stupid waste of police manpower there. It's stupid, lazy-ass 'Security Theatre' at best.
    Anybody in the Wrigleyville / Boystown / East Lakeview should be screaming mad.
    Sure, there a need. Streeterville was a target for punks and idiots. BUT the response is massively disproportionate....and it damn well comes at the expense of other areas -- like the 19th, for example.
    I'd love to know this: What is the increase in police man-hours on that corridor over what was true three years ago? What is the decrease in number of serious crimes there?
    I GUARANTEE you that ratio is nothing, not even close, to what is applied anywhere else in the city. No way!

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    1. The idiotic bomb-checking of random CTA riders during rush hour is complete Security Theater as well. Deploy our scarce law enforcement resources to catch the bad guys, not intimidating and harrassing the innocent.

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    2. As you know, it's about appearances, and appearances only. Michigan Ave. gets a lot more media coverage and tourist interest than Lakeview.

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  7. This is true, same officers taking weekends off, maybe this job isn't for them......
    No traffic cars on a Friday night?

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  8. To the RIZ - you too may make arrests in Illinois.
    (725 ILCS 5/107-3) (from Ch. 38, par. 107-3)
    Sec. 107-3. Arrest by private person.
    Any person may arrest another when he has reasonable grounds to believe that an offense other than an ordinance violation is being committed.
    (Source: Laws 1963, p. 2836.)

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  9. (sarcasm on)Don't worry the entertainment detail will keep everything under control (sarcasm off)

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    1. Right after they're done writing tickets to smokers at the Belmont Bus Stop. Useless.

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    2. But there's money in that. Gotta pay for the cops somehow.

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  10. Mental note: Avoid Wrigleyville like the plague on Dec 13.

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