Friday, July 17, 2015

PHONING IT IN: Suspect Pinned On Platform, Victim Bleeding, But CTA Security Barely Lifts A Finger

Whitney (Cook Co Sheriff's Dept)
Security at the Belmont CTA station refused to help passengers detain a man who punched a woman in the face while riding the Red Line last Wednesday afternoon, according to a man who talked to the Sun-Times.
“[The guard said] our options were to let the man go and have him run away, otherwise it was up to us to keep the man restrained until the police arrived. We begged him to help but he refused. He just stood there, not even checking on or administering first aid to the woman.
The guard did report the incident to CTA, which relayed the report to police.

According to the Good Samaritan, police arrived at the Belmont station 30 minutes after the incident unfolded.

CWB's review of CPD radio traffic shows that officers were on-scene within three minutes of the call being dispatched. Why did it take 27 minutes for the call to go out? Well, that’s anybody’s guess.

Charged with simple battery in the case is Danny Whitney, 56, whose Cook County Criminal Court file spans nearly 200 entries.

We previously reported on Whitney in March 2015. On that occasion, he was charged with battery after punching a man in the face at Roscoe and Halsted when the victim refused to give him money.
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24 comments:

  1. What is their job exactly? Because it sounds like it's not security. If they are just going to stand around and do nothing, let's get rid of them and save the city some money.

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  2. It's a stretch to call them "guards". Is that their official title with CTA? I just hope the CTA hasn't set this edict of avoiding involvement.

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  3. Simple Battery? Offenses committed on a public conveyance may be upgraded to a higher classification (Aggravated Battery). About time the laws in 'felony review' counties were enforced as they are throughout Illinois as was the original intent of our criminal code.

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  4. lock him up , jerk

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  5. Fire the "guard". This has to be a rent a cop and I'll bet he wasn't armed and has been told call the "real" cops instead of lifting a finger. The mayor has dispatched " real" cops to watch recruiting depots today, but won't dispatch "real" cops to guard the citizens of this fair city along and on the red line. A travesty.

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  6. So, I wonder if Mr. Whitney should actually be in a mental institution if this happens again and again. I know I don't want to run into him on the Red Line.

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  7. This guy needs a "tune up" on principle.

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  8. What is the point of the CTA having a security guard if he provides no security or assistance in such situations to the CTA's customers? I'd love to know what the security guards have been instructed to as far as their responsibilities. Are they only there as a visual deterrent?

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    1. The job of unarmed security guards is to observe and report. They are specifically trained NOT to intervene, unless they have been issued and properly instructed on use of handcuffs, pepper spray, firearms, etc.

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  9. The story says it was NOT a security guard on the scene. It sounds like it was one of the "customer service" staff that helps with Ventra cards , etc. One of the K9 security officers out there would have cuffed the bad guy on the spot. Jake next time don't punch with fingers in front, use palm strike or hammer fist.....A speedy recovery to all !

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    1. Read it again. The witness said it was a security guard. CTA said it was not. Regardless, the CTA person did nothing but make a phone call.

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  10. This guys is a serial Red Line offender. He kicked me in the small of my back a few months ago as I was exiting a car at Belmont. The same guy tried to grab my female companion but I intervened. Glad to see he was charged (but I bet he will be gracing the CTA in no time).

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  11. Lazy city employee? Ya don't say...

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  12. I was punched by a homeless person on a CTA bus last year....the driver did nothing. The guy got off the bus and ran to one going the other way. I chased him and yelled to the driver to wait since CPD was coming (a passenger called). That driver too did nothing. Reported it to CTA with a police report # and got nothing. Reported it to the state investigator general who immediately called me for more details and stated that he was raising it directly to CTA leadership. Guess what....never heard a thing again. CTA and it's employees suck.

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  13. I've seen this POS! My buddy and I saw this clown harassing a nice couple visiting Chicago on the Red Line a while back. We approached him and told him to leave them alone. He spit at us (and missed) and we were about to straighten him out when we got to Fullerton and he ran out. The couple was fine, clearly upset, and thanked us. This guy needs a beatdown!

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  14. The "Security Guards" on the CTA look as suspicious as the criminals!

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  15. Will you check out the groin on that guy!Jul 17, 2015, 7:28:00 PM

    This is why I don't understand why it's illegal to carry an asp / extendable baton, but OK to carry a 3" knife. I'd be much more comfortable taking out this guys knee to keep his ass on the ground than I would be to pull a knife on him to defend myself or someone else. If they're going to enact violence on innocent people, they should expect it back 10 fold.

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  16. Folks he has over 200 entries in the system and he's still walking the streets terrorizing people. Something needs to change! The city recreation board tho wants to spend millions on improving the navy pier Ferris wheel! Whoa!

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  17. ASP is a bludgeon. That limits it to Police and on duty security folks. Pepper spray is what the legislature has given to the public. Maybe a short Maglight flashlight will do the trick since its only a "light". Pepper spray in any enclosed place like a train car will cause a huge disaster .

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  18. I have known him for years and he plays the mentally ill card to avoid long prison sentences. He is known to many mental health agencies but prefers to abuse drugs than actually take meds and work with a case manager. I am sure he will be back on the CTA in a matter of weeks.

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  19. I thought punching someone who won't give you money is called Robbery. Wonder why he wasn't charged then.

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  20. Cta employees can not detain any person! They are not trained in such. They are to report it and then CPD is dispatched out. K9 is allowed to do so but CTA customer service personal is not.

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  21. This f*cking guy AGAIN?!?

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