Tuesday, July 28, 2015

FLIP FLOP: As 16th Victim Reports Being Beaten And Robbed, Local Alderman Changes His Tune

With a 16th mugging victim in an ongoing spree reporting that he was beaten and robbed shortly before sunrise today, local alderman Tom Tunney has done one of his classic flip-flops.

Talking to ABC7's Rob Elgas about the robbery spree yesterday, Tunney said,
[The police have] got plenty of resources out here, no one can say that there aren't the resources out here.
Well it seems that someone said that the resources aren't out here. Tunney this afternoon on Facebook:
In the wake of a series of recent robberies, the 19th District has dedicated increased resources to the Lakeview area.
No here one can say that we're surprised, Tom.

In this morning's reported incident, a man called 911 at 4:40AM to report being knocked to the ground and robbed by eight or nine men on the corner of Roscoe and Halsted.

While officers spoke with the victim, other cops quickly found a group of seven men resembling a broad description of the attackers on the corner of Newport and Clark—about two blocks away.

During further discussions with cops, the victim—who had been drinking—became quiet and told officers that he just wanted to be left alone and that he did not want to file a police report.

Had he filed a report, his would have been the 16th robbery here since July 4th.
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33 comments:

  1. "In the wake of a series of recent robberies, the 19th District has dedicated increased resources to the Lakeview area."

    Can the Alderpuss be more specific? More entertainment detail? More officers on Halsted? Not allowing the same group of officers to have weekends and nights off? More money? More cameras? More anything? "Increased resources" have been promised before but did not materialize.

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    1. Tunney is using all resources at his disposal. however, without a spokesperson on hand. tripping over his tongue is emanate..

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  2. Is there any way you can find out specifically what will happen? It's one thing for Tunney to say "sure, the CPD will do it!" to more officers on a particular shift, etc etc.

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  3. As a Police Officer in your district I can tell you that we are as frustrated as you are over any crime in our District, we need more manpower, no entertainment teams, no saturation teams, no Detail Teams. Just more P.O.'s in cars to handle the calls. The City needs to address the people who actually pay tax's and quit trying to help people with no impulse control and who use violence as a means of communication.

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    1. Thank you. For the Alderman to make a statement that we have plenty of resources?? huh, even if we did the Alderman should always be trying to get more for his area.

      Of course we are dealing with a cry baby who spent all of his City Hall goodwill fighting for the "rooftop" owners, while he accepted a merged police district which leaves much of the TAX PAYING Northside unprotected.

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    2. Thank you for your hard work, can you shed some light onto what most believe Tunney's false promise of additional resources will be?

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    3. Thank you so much for you choosing to serve this city. And your no nonsense take on the situation. Every time I hear sirens, I say a prayer for you and your brethren. CFD, included. There are so many that have washed their hands of our first responders and stripped them bare. Made them out to be villains. Tunney, included.

      I know you fight an uphill battle and the bulk of the time when you step into an incident, it could go very wrong. You put your life on the line every shift. So, thank you. I'll continue to support the "thin" blue line as much as I can.

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    4. I couldn't agree more that we need to STOP putting so many resources in areas where very little tax is paid and start paying attention the areas where hardworking, tax paying citizens are tired of being robbed, raped, and assaulted.

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  4. Officer, any chance you'd consider running for alderman in 3 years?

    I'm only half kidding. With the quickly deteriorating quality of life in Lakeview, I bet a lot of voters would gravitate toward a police officer candidate.

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    1. What a shame a community this size and a city the size of Chicago can't get a serious candidate like a police officer that would run for public office.

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    2. Wish a CPD from the 19th would run for office. We really do appreciate all you do and are tired of the politics.

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    3. Good idea!

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    4. Highly unlikely that a police officer would be a political progressive and capable of acting independently in the City Council.

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  5. this is disturbing... beyond disgusting. we pay taxes and very high property taxes to live here. this is unacceptable

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  6. there are not enough police, on that I agree. there are also a lot of lazy police or ones that don't want to arrest anyone. I get it, for the police have been berated. they get ripped apart by the media every day. all the disrespectful criminals want to do is sue the city (the ghetto lottery as I call it). it is hard to do their job. apathy has set in. the politicians don't do a thing. the police supt. is just lip service. he has no one's back. this is a dangerous situation that has gotten out of hand.

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  7. People need to show up at CAPS meeting and bitch and raise hell....Tom Tunney squirms as he should....he hates to hear complaints maybe if people showed up and put pressure on him things would change....stop sitting behind your keyboards people get out there and do something!!

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    1. There are no lazy police.

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    2. PEOPLE NEED TO SHOW UP AT TUNNEYS OFFICE, IN A VERY LARGE CROWD. Why wait for the monthly meeting?

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  8. I'm no longer in Chicago but hard to believe how downhill Tom Tunney has gone. I remember him when he started out at
    Ann Sathers on Belmont, at the time one of the safest areas I knew, and he was a great host and made Sather's a weekend
    breakfast spot for friends and family from out of town. Distressing how he is no longer a part of that great community i fondly remember. Chicago as I knew it has died!

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    1. I agree.. it is sad. I used to hang out and party on Belmont and Sheffield. it was never like this. im so saddened by what it has become

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    2. He is still a great host at Ann Sathers; he is just a terrible Alderman who is more concerned about business owners (like himself) than the people who live in and visit his ward.

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    3. Always liked Tom but he's not my alderman. He much for the community but is no longer viable.

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    4. If you are still eating at Ann Sather's you are part of the problem. I want to see that creep's restaurants boarded up and empty. I vowed to never give that creep Tunney another cent 3 years ago and have stuck to it.

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  9. ok I was quite incensed by Tooney's sound bite included in ABC7 report on these robberies. It seems like the media has some obligation to either challenge leaders when they out right lie. And at the very minimum, especially when the reporter is giving the leader the platform to spread his lies. Allowing Tooney to state essentially that there are plenty of resources out there and no one can say there are not...without a challenge or without including some facts regarding the resources currently dedicated to the area is simply lazy and dereliction of duty on behalf of ABC. I would assume all would agree the police district staffing levels are a major contributor to the area resources. And the facts are staffing of the 19th district is at all time lows. In the last 3 or 4 years we have lost over 25% of our police officers here. Making matters worse this new commander seems be allowing the entertainment detail to have busy weekend off which only makes matters worse. broadcasting our leaders lies without challenging them is misleading to the public and it is just such misinformation that allows a fool such as Tooney to get re elected. People during the time just before the election were treated to Tooney falsely claiming he increased the number of police assigned to our district. The available facts made it clear that his statement was not true but it was broadcast with out challenge and with out fact checking.
    Tooney's flip from his statement yesterday to his quote today saying more resources are being dedicated to the area to respond to this violent crime spree is ridiculous and clearly he is plain and simple stupid and or he thinks we are stupid. The statement about increasing resources is one that Rahm, Cappleman and Smith all use any time the rampant crime makes the news. There are no new resources allocated to our area it is their BS. In the spring time when there was a string of store robberies by knife in Lincoln park, and at the same time shoots were being fired on almost the daily and murders in Uptown spiked and the murder\robbery in Lakeview all these incidents although spread over 3 wards all occurred int the 19th district. And all 3 alderman were separately quoted as reassuring their constituents that they had talked to police commander and were assured increased patrols and officers would be assigned to their respective areas. Really?!! On just any normal day, the district is so short staffed that several beats go unstaffed for entire shifts so now you have 3 separate areas in the district that need special attention at the same time ....impossible there is not enough manpower to even increase in one area let alone 3. But nobody challenges these leaders when they say such bullsh*t. Starting do make my blood boil...who voted for these morons....I voted and it was not for rahm or tooney! Who done it!!

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  10. A Cop ran in the 46th ward.They got the social worker instead.

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  11. Don't forget - tax bills are due August 1st. Pay, pay and pay for what ???

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  12. My personal favorite was a store along Broadway which had to go out of business. The only thing left was an empty store with a 'Vote for Tuney' poster still hanging in the window.

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  13. Constantly working understaffed must cause huge morale problems for CPD rank and file. CPD morale problems and understaffing cause huge problems for law abiding tax paying citizens. Something's got to give!

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  14. Not to deviate too far from the subject, but does anyone know about Cappleman being confronted by a group of gangbangers?

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    1. Gosh, one can only wish. I want to get a parade permit and walk in front of Tunney's restaraunt during the peak weekend evening period with a bullhorn.

      You know, let him know how much his constituency cares.

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    2. His tired little sticky bun place isn't open on weekend evenings. Try breakfast/brunch on a Sunday. That's when the largest number of customers are in there.

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  15. I won't miss any of it - the winters, the robberies. Headed to Thailand in 5 weeks for the rest of my life!

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    1. One hell of a good move. Hawaii left me with massive skin cancer so forever those days in the sun are over.
      Heard nothing but good things about Thailand! Hope you update us. Best of luck!

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