Tuesday, April 26, 2016

VIDEO: Homeless Man Battered At Lakeview Tent City

The expanding homeless camps under North Side Lake Shore Drive viaducts are “quite the eyesore” for at least one North Side resident.

And the only time the city gave tent residents much attention was last summer, when crews cleared out the Lawrence Avenue camp in advance of a Mumford & Sons concert at Montrose Beach.

But reports of fights, attacks, and crime in the tent villages are frequent—with stabbings, robbery, and intimidation of witnesses being reported to CWB Chicago editors repeatedly since last autumn.

Then, on Sunday night, a Lakeview man’s car-mounted GoPro caught a senseless attack on video.

A man is seen backing out of a tent under the Irving Park Road viaduct. Then, he launches a kick at someone inside as a car passes. Seconds later, the silhouette of someone raising their hands in defense is clearly visible as the man launches another kick. Then he peels his jacket off and stares into the tent.

Lakeview resident Ben Bruce’s dashboard-mounted GoPro captured the events as he exited Lake Shore Drive on his way home around 9:15PM.

“I caught a man brutally assaulting and stomping on the head of a homeless man,” Bruce said. He called 911 and reported that he had video of the incident.

Several other 911 callers reported seeing a man jump out of his car and begin “beating up the homeless people” under the Irving Park Road bridge, but Bruce says he did not see a vehicle.

Chicago police said officers were unable to find a victim when they arrived.

Bruce's video, posted to YouTube, shows a well-dressed man with a cane leaning against the south wall of the viaduct while the attack unfolds a short distance away. (We have enhanced and zoomed  a segment of video HERE.)

"[The attacker] had no issue with the traffic passing him attacking this homeless man,” Bruce said.

Throughout the apparent attack, the well-dressed man continues to lean against the wall, looking back and forth.

Both men were last seen walking toward the lake, Bruce said.

“Regardless of his status in life [the victim] deserves justice just like any other citizen, and the thug who attacked him needs to be off the streets before he harms another person.”

“I normally run in to break things up but my girlfriend is terrified I'm going to get shot,” he said.

Claims of criminals targeting residents of the tent cities are rarely formalized with police reports, homeless advocates say.

But, CWB Chicago has received credible reports of stabbings and robberies of the lakefront’s homeless. Some of the alleged offenders—credibly identified to us by name—actually have homes, but they go to the lakefront specifically to target tent city residents.

Among the most frequently-mentioned perpetrators are two Latin Kings with long criminal records. CWB Chicago is withholding their names because they have not been charged with any crime against the homeless.

With warmer weather coming and the homeless camps sure to grow, we can only hope that the city will get its act together.
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17 comments:

  1. I don't mean to make light of all this, but what kind of idiot decides to rob homeless people? What do they have that a robber would want?

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    1. It's just general harassment of those weaker than them. They're doing the same thing to non-homeless people. These thugs chose the easiest victim, sometimes with no other goal than to cause chaos. The sooner everyone in our area realizes that, the better. Some people out there just cannot get along in a civilized society.

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    2. If they're panhandlers, I'd suspect they may have some cash on them and/or maybe drugs.

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    3. They are probably just doing it for "fun," to beat and intimidate them for kicks. These thugs have no morale compass whatsoever. They dish out their abuse on anyone. They are disgusting.

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  2. Why do they do this?

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  3. They're not robbing them for material gain.

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  4. Probably attacking the homeless to rob them of their drug stash. The reason they are in tents instead of shelters is the freedom to drink and do drugs.

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  5. The homeless guy could be indebted to the guy in suit. Or maybe that's his son and the dads pissed at him for being a meth head. Who knows. Things aren't always as random as we think.

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    1. Thank you. Seems like someone gets it

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  6. How about we get rid of these tent cities? What the upside to allowing them to camp out?

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  7. GoPro on the dash- great idea. Was the guy beating homeless people who jumped out of a car another night? I exit here at least once a day and will have to watch more closely.

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  8. Why would anyone do this? Because they can! (& no one is stopping them....yet)

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  9. The "well dressed man" with the cane looks a lot like one of Louis Farrakhan's "fruit of Islam" boys. There way of cleaning up the neighborhood, perhaps?

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  10. SO the Latin King guys are just screwing with the vagrants? Or are all these guys customers and the Latin Kings are collecting or whatever goes on in a drug deal?

    Sorry, but two of these test are on Irving Park now. You should have seen the one at Lawrence this weekend. It was hot so they were all out of the tents at one end. 30-40 deep, bbqing, it looked like a party. Of course nobody can now walk through all of it.

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    1. I saw two teens on skatebords, heading west on Montrose from the lakefront path the other day. They opted to travel in the middle of the street versus take the sidewalk and have to pass all the vagrants. Can't blame them. Who knows if these people are dangerous or not? I would not feel comfortable walking past 20 - 40 homeless people (mostly men) under a viaduct.

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  11. Tent cities may be a thing of the past. The homeless are discovering the comforts of "secure" ATM vestibules. Who needs a key card? These people might even find a way inside your bank account soon enough. Will the banks highten security? Most likely, they'll pipe in with some social justice nonsense. Don't worry--it's a free-for-all now! Go Bernie! Photo of bank shelter: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=590652657751544&set=a.142790382537776.32961.100004204450293&type=3&theater

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  12. It doesn't seem like something Mayor Daley would have tolerated; remember his machines to remove chewing gum off the sidewalks? Now gang graffiti is everywhere and tent cities are at North side LSD exits and growing more dangerous. I don't understand why this would be allowed or tolerated, but who monitors it?

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