Sunday, July 19, 2015

BUILDING A LEGACY: Stun Guns Buzz In Wrigleyville Brawl

An early-morning street brawl outside the Wrigleyville McDonald's, 3620 N. Clark, was apparently caught on video yesterday.

The footage, posted by YouTube user scavbh01, appears similar to circumstances detailed in a 2:35AM call to 911 on Saturday.

In the video, which appeared on YouTube Saturday, about a dozen people pour into Clark Street with several teaming up against individuals. A belt get whipped. A rock gets chucked. And the zapping sound of at least one stun gun can be heard throughout the 67-second recording.

While the public is told time and time again about a police "entertainment detail" that supposedly pours over area nightlife strips to handle situations like this, there is no sign of 'em as this incident unfolds directly outside of Wrigley Field.
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64 comments:

  1. Where is the entertainment team? Tell them to stop writing tickets to cabs and to start dealing with real issues.

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    1. Oh no, they need to keep writing tickets to cabs. My brand new car lost most of its bumper last night thanks to an uber driver driving on the wrong side of the street last night.

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  2. "Rock" and roll McDonalds.

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  3. One day a family from Iowa will visit Wrigley. They will stay in a nice boutique hotel right across from the stadium, woo hoo kids. And best yet, there is a McDonalds in the lobby kids!! One problem, you will be tazed while eating your late night McFlurry snack.

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    1. I am from Iowa, and while I understand you picked Iowa somewhat randomly to make the point about blissfully ignorant "tourists", I just wanted to post here that we're generally well-aware of the problems Chicago has, and many people I know have little desire to visit anymore. The awareness is thanks to websites like CWB.

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    2. The only people that seem to not be aware of what's going on in the community are those that live there...and vote.

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    3. RE - 'The only people who seem not to be aware...'
      Masterful statement. Congratulations to the author. You hit the nail on the head.

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  4. There were 4 cops sitting next to their bikes along the lake by Illinois Avenue. I came back 2 hours later....and they were still sitting in the same spot yacking away. Would be nice to see those 4 cops deployed in Boystown, especially at night.

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    1. After the throwing under the bus of cops in Baltimore, the lack of clear direction from the city, the lack of trust of officers in their leadership to back them up if a Baltimore/Freddie Gray incident should happen... well... who can blame cops for sitting on their bikes?

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  5. Once again folks, the entertainment team is really a tactical team put in uniform for the night. There is no EXTRA manpower assigned and the district continues to lose officers to transfers.

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  6. Stun guns are illegal in Illinois and anyone found w one will be arrested on the spot... if the entertainment detail shows up .

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    1. They are actually illegal in Chicago. Legal in Illinois with a valid FOID card.

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    2. Correct! I obtained my foid card specifically to buy a taser.

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    3. That isn't a stun gun it is a flash light with a electrical stun. Like a electric cattle prod. Not illegal in Illinois.

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  7. Great publicity for the sponsors on the wall. "Building a legacy" of death and destruction!!! This city is a joke.

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  8. The entertainment team is 8 guys and a Sgt. They were probably near Halsted and Belmont were shit usually goes down, 9 total to handle 10 blocks with maybe 25,000 visitors, yeah it's their fault.

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    1. The entertainment team sgt does nothing but write taxi cabs!

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  9. Did anyone get arrested? Where are the cops?

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  10. Look like some fine, upstanding, residents of my lovely neighborhood. Or not.

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  11. Those 4 cops on the lakefront are supposed to be there to keep the same type of activity from taking place there. Remember the fun times at North Ave. beach and other lakefront merry-making? The CPD is like a small blanket, you can pull it up to cover your shoulders but then your feet are cold. It's the new norm so just get used to it.

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    1. They had bikes, they should be riding them along the entire lake shore. They were sitting in the same spot for 2 hours just shooting the bull with each other.

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    2. You came back 2 hours later and they were in the same spot or area. Who's to say they weren't patrolling in between the first and second time you saw them? You don't know what occurred in that 2 hour time frame.You are just making an assumption they hadn't moved. Why didn't you ask them about it?

      With all the cop hating, the lack of support from the white shirts promoted without real street time and the mayor and pension hassle, some don't feel motivated to be proactive. I can understand their frustrations. But that's still not to say they didn't get calls or moved during that 2 hour window of time. But do continue to assume the worst about the coppers as if it's all their fault the city is a cesspool of crime and the number of cops has gone down.

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    3. At least nothing happened where they were sitting for two hours. Imagine the mayhem that might of happened had they left.

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  12. Wonder if they're local residents? Why would locals be 'funin like that?

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  13. People should send that video to the Rickett family and Cubs and copy the alderman and the mayor's office. Post in the comments section of the Cubs' facebook page (see how long it stays up). That's what they will be building their multi-million dollar hotel right in the middle of. I walk through the neighborhood very early in the morning, and I am continually shocked by the filth these people leave behind when they go back to wherever they come from. Trash is strewn everywhere, food is smeared all over the sides of buildings and all over planters. Broken liquor bottles are everywhere. People should begin filming what takes place on Halsted and the surrounding streets whenever they can. Take pictures and send them to the Ricketts and the Cubs...and copy media outlets. Flood them with the stuff. Turn it into a PR nightmare for them.

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    1. plus post to Sheraton's page - the hotel announced for that site

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  14. Why would the Entertainment team be off on the busy Weekend???
    They need to be working Every weekend. They can have Monday and Tuesday off.
    You are the Entertainment team weekends you are needed Friday Saturday Sundays.
    Are the bosses idiots to let them have any weekends off? Looks at the mess that happens

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    1. That's something that always puzzled me. I mean, it's Wrigleyville and on weekends. It's not as if it's a surprise that crazy happens on weekend nights...

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    2. The entertainment team leaves at 3 am everynight! They are technically on the clock until 5:30 am. They are only hurting their fellow officers by leaving early!

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  15. Well hopefully they have resolved their disagreement.

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  16. Where is the entertainment team? At 0235?? Home in bed, that's where!!

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    1. Not likely. Don't make ignorant posts please

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  17. Why are these people hanging out at 3am in this neighborhood? I'm sure they don't live around there, and few if any businesses are still open at 3am. Total disregard for others, for traffic, for their own safety. Police Commander? Rahm? Tunney? "Entertainment detail?" Any comments about this?

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    1. Two bars on that block open until 4 AM on Fridays and 5 on Saturdays. The Mcdonalds is open, the 7 eleven a block and a half away is open. The Taco Bell is still open at this time on A Friday night/early Saturday morning.
      Not sure what else is open. Now, with these businesses open in the area, how is it that "these people" can be asked to clear out of this business district ? Suggestion, have everything close at 2 AM. By 245 all would be clear. Now, try and sell that to the business community. Second suggestion: You need about 30 Police Officers over there every weekend night. Good luck with that though.
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  18. The "entertainment" detail has been a joke from the start. Who are they there to entertain?

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  19. Imagine how much easier the police's job would be if Illinois even had a 25 strikes and you're out law. The guy whose kid was shot in the crossfire was arrested 45 times, and the red line mugger was arrested 200 times.

    Obama says the only difference between the "thugs" and himself is that people cared enough to give him second and third chances. But 200 second chances? Where does it end?

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    1. It doesn't end it's a perpetual revolving door of plea bargains, probation, early parole, and good time. Where ones original sentence means nothing. Until laws get tough, like adding 10 years hard time they must serve on if a documented gang member to their sentence and making them serve at least 85 percent of their original sentence as in Florida, then things will never get better. Did you read that quote from McCompstat the other day? About 700 weapons charges in the first 3 months of this year and 75 percent were out by June. So what's the deterrent to keep on keeping on? There is none.

      Obama nor any other politician really cares about the flaws in the system that keep neighborhoods and cities havens for crime. None have the stuff to put the blame where it should go.

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  20. When are the Cubs going to wake up to what happens in this neighborhood after dark? The citizens have no pull with the politicians, but they can make city hall dance. Maybe they can even wake our esteemed alderperson up as well.

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    1. Why should the Cubs care what goes on after dark? It's not their responsibility and it's doubtful the scum causing the problems at night are just on their way out of a Cubs game at Wrigley Field.

      It would be nice to see the citizens and voters care about what goes on in the neighborhood in general. Unfortunately they seem to be quite content with the status quo.

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    2. You read my mind on this one! I plan on sending the PR dept or community relations person a link to this video along with an email explaining that myself and a lot of my friends will not attend Cub night games until the situation improves in that area. If enough folks send the same types of comments, they may respond and throw their political weight around. A friend of mine is convinced they will do this once their hotel is completed. This video needs to get spread around the net and get people reacting to the destruction of this once great neighborhood.

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    3. I have been posting on this blog about voting the 38th precinct dry for years. Roughly 750 voters and contains all bars southwest of Clark & Addison to Racine & Roscoe. I have gotten a lot of ridicule but believe it or not this idea is gaining traction among my neighbors. It can be put on the ballot as a binding referendum at the next general election via petition.

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  21. Curious to see if this makes the mainstream news, if not, I will email NBC5 and CBS2, they were both responsive when I did so last time.

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  22. This reminds me of an incident after the Pride parade in the parking lot, next to the liquor store at Clark and Newport. Same type of behavior and demographic, paramedics were called and one girl left in an ambulance with a serious gash on her head. They were trying to tip over the cash machine in the parking lot and a fight ensued, territorial like the cash machine was theirs to divvy up. Around 4pm. the1stmikec

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  23. When the police do take action, everyone stands around and video tapes them and yells at them. They can't win. You get the police department and the society you asked for.

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  24. The Cubs management is not responsible for the out of control behavior that happens after midnight. There job is to win the World Series. That is like asking Target to get rid of the vagrants around Wilson/Broadway. The job falls to the CPD. They seem to have plenty of officers on Michigan Ave. and on Chicago/State. The few officers I see on the "entertainment detail" seem like they are more interested in flirting with the public. They need to get some of the harden TAC units from the Gresham, Austin, Garfield Park, Roseland, area. The rookies and youngsters who work the political detail have clout!!

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    1. No one said the Cub management has responsibility. What they have is an interest in keeping this neighborhood safe like any other business or resident. More importantly, they have a lot more clout with city hall to get policing back to full staff like it was before the merger.

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    2. No tact team anywhere is "hardened" in fact your city is forcing them to go thru training on how to be kinder to the criminal element Thanks to recent events across the country your Police are much less likely to be as you say "hardened" due to the fact they will likely be sued and possibly jailed and have to hide families for doing their jobs.

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    3. KINDER to the criminal element? That might be the problem right there. FUCK the criminal element, I say!

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    4. Totally agree with that point. I grew up in the burbs and we messed with cops there quite a lot because our parents would bitch about the cops being bullies. When we came downtown, we completely changed our act. We knew who was in charge. Who's in charge in Chicago now?

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  25. Hey find out how much money the detail Sargent made in overtime the last year. Upwards of 50k just in ot with the full knowledge and approval of both the old Commander and so far with the blessing of the new puppet !!

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  26. And a police station a short two blocks away. How is it a police car isn't stationed in the McDonald's parking lot from 1-6 AM on a Saturday night. There are two 5 AM bars just down the street from that McDonalds.

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    1. And a 5 a.m. bar on Halsted, and Belmont and Ashland and Western and on and on and on......

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    2. Lack of manpower is the short answer to your question. It's a great idea, honestly. Stick a cop car at that McDs/Taco Bell area and nail as many criminals as you can. Unfortunately, lack of manpower.

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    3. Well for one because McDonalds is a private parking lot so, without permission, the police can not set up for the night. Second, so you get permission and post a car all night long there, and then a robbery occurs at Clark and eddy or Clark and Newport because a roving car is now assigned as a stationary car.

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  27. If only the red line wouldn't stop at Fullerton/Belmont/Addison after 1am -- Seriously, these animals definitely don't call the neighborhood "home" so why are they here? (yes, I am aware it's because they know police officers are spread thin around here and they're not going to be apprehended for their behavior)

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    1. You seem to have missed the fleet of motorcycles that they rode to get here.

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  28. Are you sure that this really happened? I didn't see this on any of the morning news programs.

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    1. Thank you for the laugh. That's a keeper.

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  29. Once again (just the same as my $ bond for parades suggestion) - not really rocket science here....
    See, amazingly enough I don't have a bunch of drunk and high buttheads over at my house every night, spilling onto the sidewalk getting into fights.
    Now this is both because I don't really like buttheads and because ......I'd sure as hell be downtown on a regular basis paying fines for noise violations and litter and public nuisance and every other damn thing.
    So why the hell do we think it's ok for others to do it differently?
    For any business owner, you get - let's call it one - call for police assistance per quarter to your address. Doesn't make any difference, inside / outside / 911 whatever. You get one per quarter. That's all. After that it's let's say $2500 for each verifiable incident.
    Maybe more.
    Simple.
    Cater to buttheads, pay the freight for buttheads.
    No rocket science here TUNNEY!!!!!
    Same for you JIMMY!!!
    Not that anybody would expect ....what's the word again...what do they call that thing.....oh yeah 'Leadership' from you guys.
    No, nothing like that.

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    1. I like your ideas, but to you really think these guys patronized local bars? With those bikes, they just want to play big baddies. I've always thought the louder the bike, the smaller the equipment---sort like big tires on cars.

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  30. Need a laugh, check our esteemed alderperson interview at the Lakeview Patch posting on another improvement for Lakeview, a rehab center at Ashland and Waveland. Our street entertainment should only get better.

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    1. Check out the coverage on WGN:
      http://wgntv.com/2015/07/20/neighbors-oppose-rehab-facility-planned-for-lakeview/
      All of a sudden, Tunney is taking "no position" on a rehab facility in a residential block that will have "strictly enforced guideline"...just like the Crib and BYC and CoH. His quote at the end of the piece is priceless...arrogant and ignorant and meaningless all simultaneously. What a douche.

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  31. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-07-21/2800mth-live-oakland-where-cops-say-dont-bother-calling-if-your-car-stolen

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  32. For anyone who doesn't want to click through on the above - a three story drug rehab facility at Ashland / Waveland, here's our man ---
    WGN News reached out to Ald Tom Tunney, who did not comment. He is reportedly not taking a position on the project and says the decision should be made by the city zoning board.

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