Thursday, May 28, 2015

PLEASE HOLD: 911 Refuses To Send Cops After Thieves Raid Lincoln Park Store

"I'm invested with my tax dollars and the one time that I call for help, you can't help me?"

That's Lincoln Park shop owner Corri McFadden's very reasonable take-away after 911 call takers refused to dispatch police when she called to report that three men had stolen $6,000 worth of goods from her store yesterday afternoon.

Eric Horng told the story first last night on ABC7. It’s a fantastic example of just how ridiculous police service (or non-service) has become in Chicago.

Horng spoke with McFadden after three men, two dressed as women, targeted her shop in the 2100 block of Halsted.

Despite recent police warnings about robberies of boutique shops in Lincoln Park and Wicker Park—including one on the same block as McFadden's store—911 operators refused to send police to help yesterday.
McFadden said she called 911 half a dozen times after the incident and kept being transferred to 311. She said she was told there is a new 911 protocol, which treats situations as non-emergencies if the offenders have left the scene and nobody is been injured.
Eventually, McFadden convinced the 911 call center to send police. Officers arrived 30 minutes later.
"As a business owner and a retail owner who is invested in the city, that's a problem," McFadden said. "I'm invested with my tax dollars and the one time that I call for help, you can't help me?"
In ABC7’s video report, McFadden offered another gem:
I also have a message for Rahm. We need more police officers on the street. This is not a joke.
CPD’s year-old policy states that the department will not send officers to handle reported crimes unless an offender is still on-scene; someone has been injured; or major property damage has occurred.

(Apparently, causing $6,000 worth of damage to property warrants police service, but stealing $6,000 worth of property does not.)

Instead, those calls are now channeled to the department’s “file your report over the phone” section, which often forces crime victims to sit on hold for extended periods before connecting them with an officer who’s been assigned to desk duty.

Many people, especially victims of lesser crimes, simply give up before filing a report. And the Chicago Police Department would like to thank them for that. If no report is filed, the crime won’t be counted in their statistical reports. And crime will continue to go “down.”
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22 comments:

  1. Well I didn't vote for Rahm. Wonder if she did?

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  2. Waiting for the email from Alderman Smith. Maybe time for a roll call at Halsted and Armitage, seeing how well that worked the last time.

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    1. Don't forget to mention the robbery at gunpoint in the 2300 block of Clark this morning.

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    2. What time? There was a robbery at gunpoint on Clark (by the History Museum) last week at 5:30 p.m.

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  3. One of the things I'm trying to understand is that despite Chicago having one of the highest police to population ratios in the US (I think #4 and ahead of NYC), there always seems to be a shortage of manpower (especially in the new combined 019.) It just seems like colossal mismanagement of resources. Any reader of this blog will tell you that it seems like only a handful of officers are working the nights and weekends and for the most part, they're busting their ass out there.

    And as much as I'd like to see more officers on the street, my worry is that this being Chicago that a good percentage of them will be clout hires, and thus pretty worthless.

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  4. As a Republican, I am glad to see Democrats getting what they asked for.

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    1. As neither, I am too!

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  5. You are on your own. murder someone in Chicago, no arrests. Rob a store, police don't want to even take a report, what the hell. Get arrested with a gun, stealing, whatever, you are out. Not sure why the gangs don't do more frankly (too busy shooting each other and getting high), since its pretty obvious in Chicago you can break into a fancy store, take everything, why not mace or taze the employees as well for fun, fence the goods, and party in boys town and beat up anyone that looks at you funny and then take a cooking class at the Center to let off steam.

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    1. Police do want to get involved, they aren't being allowed to. Its called killing crime, no report, no crime, hire less cops and spend the money on people causing this, The Chicago Way.

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    2. You don't even have to look at them "funny". Once one thought I was just looking at HIM but I was ssimply looking for the bus. He started waving a knife.

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    3. Yep. Pretty much seems that the criminals can do whatever they damn well please. And they know it. I'm afraid of what the summer will bring. It's going to get ugly.

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    4. The same thing is happening in Baltimore right now. Crime has gone way up and news reports say criminals aren't really afraid anymore because cops are too worried about getting in trouble. There have even been reports of groups of people gathering to berate the cops whenever any arrest is made.

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  6. Question: If the same 3 (wo)men ran out of, say, a bank with $6,000, wouldn't be cops be sent right away? Is there a different protocol?

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    1. No, the cops would be writing parking tickets or looking for a motorist to violate a bicyclists civil rights while the disguised offender walked by them like in Andersonville. After it's 3rd "robbery" (with sunglasses, a mask and simple note) they call the FBI.

      Your tax $ hard at work. Now make sure you come to a complete stop at Catalpa/Clark.

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  7. Always a nice heavy police presence on warm evenings at the little park across from Tavern on Rush. They enjoy cigars, good conversation and people watching!

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  8. Will be interesting if the Lakeview crime continues to bleed south. Seems like it's been a while since I read a post about people getting mugged in Lakeview and not being sure of the gender of the perpetrator.

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  9. At least it hit the mainsteam media. I suppose Chicago's ABC station is not censored by King Rahmbo.
    Make a note for the future.

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  10. Just got back into the city from a month in Florida. The cab drove along LSD from Midway airport. I saw crowds along the lake enjoying the evening. How long will it take before the gangs start their "Apple picking" ? ? ? ? Did not see any CPD. Oh, wait, I did see 1 officer on a SUV. Crime is down.

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  11. I emailed 19th district CAPS for a clarification. It seems that, unless the criminal is a complete idiot, ANY crime will result in the offender fleeing. Heinous as they are, most armed robberies don't result in "injuries" and, of course, an offender that does not remain on the scene. So my question to them was basically: if I get held at gunpoint, am I no longer guaranteed a response? Perhaps victims of these crimes -- who, ironically, seem to be those who actually pay the most for these services -- should focus on sustaining injury, then engaging offenders in conversation and coffee. More seriously -- and I hate to propose this -- shouldn't 911 callers just lie and say there's an offender "still around the corner" or "hiding behind the store" or something to that effect? For what we pay in property taxes, this is embarrassing.

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  12. The police cannot be everywhere you need them to be at all times. People need to stop whining about police not showing up fast enough and take some responsibility for their own protection. It is no secret to anyone that there is a knife wielding assailant out there attacking yuppie boutiques. Now shop owners can just ignore this fact and go about with their head in the sand, or they can do something proactive and buy a gun and learn how to use it.

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