Monday, June 27, 2016

24 arrests as tight security, smaller crowd mark 47th Chicago Pride Parade (UPDATED)

UPDATE JUNE 28: Pride Parade-related arrests #20 through #24 are posted HERE.
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UPDATE 4:40PM: CWB Chicago editors now estimate that 6 arrests were made after midnight during post-Pride Parade mayhem near the Belmont Red Line station, bringing the total number of arrests to 24. Further updates coming as information becomes available.
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UPDATE 2:44PM: Names, mugshots and charges for Sunday's 19 known arrests are now posted HERE.

Our original report from this morning follows...
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Chicago’s 47th annual Pride Parade drew a sizable crowd to the North Side Sunday, but officials say attendance was down sharply from recent years while city, county, state, and federal resources were substantially increased.

No major problems were reported during the event, but CWB Chicago editors estimate that 19 arrests were made during the parade and its aftermath. That’s down significantly from 52 arrests last year and 46 arrests in both 2014 and 2013.

The parade kicked off at noon and was led by marchers carrying photos of 49 men and women killed in a mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub, a gay-focused nightclub in Orlando, FL, earlier this month.

This guy almost made it home.
The FBI, Illinois State Police, Cook County Sheriff’s Office, and several hundred Chicago police officers were on duty. The Chicago Police Department even deployed both of its helicopter units for the first time in the parade’s history. One copter has been used in the past.

Police reported three arrests during the parade and sixteen more in the following hours. There were no reports of serious injuries, a welcome change in the wake of three stabbings last year and a gunshot victim in 2014.

Four people were arrested after a large fight broke out at the Belmont Red Line station, 945 W. Belmont, at 6:55 p.m. Sunday. Two offenders were tazed by a police officer in the melee.

Another group fight broke out at the Belmont station around 11:30 p.m. In that case, officers arrested a man who they saw drop a handgun on the street. The suspect was taken into custody in an alley alongside the elevated tracks, police said.

Here's our annual ticker of Pride Parade activity, culled from Chicago Police Department radio broadcasts:

8:30AM — 20-year-old male passed out on the front porch. 800 block of Buckingham.

8:59AM — Caller reports three white men in camouflage clothing holding guns in a Ford Expedition at Broadway and Buckingham. (If you haven't already guessed, they are police officers.)

Suspicious
10:41AM — Incident commander: “All officers need to be going up and down…doing random checks. All coolers opened up all ice cream vendors off the route and random checks to these coolers.”

11:02AM — Caller reports 2 men in green uniforms that say “sheriff” are heavily armed and look suspicious at Wilson and Sheridan. Guess what? THEY ARE SHERIFFS!

11:14AM — Illegal sale of beer from a cooler. Buckingham and Halsted.

11:15AM — “Start checking these coolers! Insulated bags are coolers, too!”

11:33AM — FBI bomb technician reports that a suspicious package at Roscoe and Halsted is “narcotics related.”

12:20PM — While ya’ll were partying, a dead body was found in an apartment. 700 block of Brompton.

1:01PM — Caller says the Robert Jeffrey salon is throwing things at people as they walk by. 3153 N. Broadway.

1:13PM — Our first arrest of the day! One in custody at 3182 N. Clark for smoking pot.

An excellent choice for body work...and pool parties!
1:34PM — Building inspector and police helicopter report 20 people with a swimming pool on top of the Gerber Auto Body building, 3425 N. Halsted. The pool party is shut down.

1:36PM — Send an ambulance to Roscoe and Halsted for “a 24-year-old male who’s had way too much to drink. He’s puking all over himself.”

2:15PM — At Hawthorne and Broadway: “A male pleasuring himself in a silver Chrysler.”

2:29PM — They’re selling Jello shots out of a cooler at 3100 N. Halsted per central command.

3:12PM — A battery victim is calling from the 600 block of Barry. He says part of his skull is missing.

4:24PM — The caller at Addison and Clark says they paid the trolley driver good money, but he refuses to drive them on the sidewalk at Wrigley Field.

4:24PM — Somebody found a weapon in the bathroom at Cubby Bear. They’d like to turn it in to police.

4:24PM — The caller’s vehicle fell into a sink hole by the trapeze school at Belmont Harbor.

4:49PM — Cop at Wilson Red Line station says there are “gang bangers hanging out here, going back and forth intimidating people. They’re up to no good. We’re trying to shag them off, but they are out here in force.”

5:54PM — The anonymous resident has called 911 to report that he “wants the after effects of the parade removed. They're disturbing him” at Roscoe and Halsted.

6:33PM — Dispatcher: “At the Montrose Brown Line. Ya got three people having a train bang under the L tracks. Heavyset female white; male white in a white shirt; and a male white in a black cartoon shirt are having sexual relations.”

6:54PM — One cop tazes two offenders in a major brawl outside the Belmont Red Line station. Four arrests.

7:35PM — Foot chase at Addison and Halsted. One arrest. Weapon recovered.

9:02PM — In Uptown, Rashon has called 911 to report that a man just shot at him near Wilson and Sheridan. He describes the offender as having “a long face and buck teeth.” (Hey, Rashon! You’re probably gonna get shot at again if you keep talking about people like that.)

9:46PM — Oakdale and Racine for two men having a fight. One has a golf club and no shirt.

10:16PM — Back at the trapeze school, we learn that (1) the car has been removed from the sinkhole and (2) the tow truck took away the wrong car.

11:20PM — “Get me some units to the Belmont Red Line!” an officer yells. Then, “He dropped a gun! Silver handgun with a black handle!” The offender is arrested in the alley behind 3211 N. Sheffield. “The crowd is moving in on us!”

12:23AM — At Smart Bar, the caller says the staff took his credit card and he’s being discriminated against.

12:35AM — Officer: “Be aware, they’re throwing bottles at Halsted and Belmont.”

12:40AM — Police find spent 9-millimeter shell casings on the street at Halsted and Belmont.

12:54AM — At Gold Crown Liquors: “An intoxicated male fell down and hit his head on a pole. Fire’s rolling.”

1:00AM — Security reports a fight at Taco Bell, 1111 W. Addison. One participant is down with a broken ankle. Offender is gone. (VIDEO NOW POSTED)

1:17AM — Police find an “extremely delusional woman” inside of a running car in the 3800 block of N. Fremont. Officer says they’re “trying to determine if this is an abandoned car or a crime scene.”

2:34AM — All Pride Parade units are released.

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41 comments:

  1. Its like Christmas when the Pride and St Patty day write ups come out! Nice job. The intro had me thinking you weren't going to have enough material this year as given the 49 murders surely getting drunk and stupid would be disrespectful... how wrong I was.

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  2. No shits fired calls for the spent casings at Belmont/Halsted?

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  3. All in all, not quite the horror show of past years. Thank God for tazers if we can't Billy-club them. It's a shame that it was Orlando's 49 victims that likely triggered most of the security, not past experience.

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  4. Nice, not too bad!

    That body found was across the hall from me, cops there alllll day.

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    1. I was at my friend's apt across the courtyard, we heard heroin on the police scanner.

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  5. I'm wondering if crime was up yesterday in our neighboring communities - Lincoln Park and Roscoe Village.

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  6. 1:13 PM
    People still get arrested for smoking pot?

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    1. I think it's usually a ticket nowadays, but the penalties might be increased because of the parade. Drinking in public had a $1000 fine attached to it and it's sure not that high otherwise.

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    2. Being an asshole greatly increases your chances of being arrested instead of receiving a ticket.

      For example, refusing to simply identify yourself for the ticket means you'll be arrested so officers can determine your identity through other means.

      Same for the person who was arrested for littering. I can assure you that there is more to that story than a piece of litter.

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    3. I was surprised over the littering arrest.

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    4. Ah, got it. Yes, the littering one. Has to be more to it.

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    5. You'll notice the littering arrest came at the same time and location as another arrest. Generally, that means that the person arrested for the unusual charge (littering) was being an ass while cops handled the other matter.

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    6. Littering and...

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    7. "Littering and..."

      ...looking hot.

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  7. Always waiting for this to be posted

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  8. Based on all those crowd photos I saw yesterday, I totally saw like, "a million people." Look at that top photo! Crowds as far as the eye can see! Totally, "a million people!"

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  9. The parade should be held downtown next year. People come from other parts of the country and other countries and stay in downtown hotels. People come from other neighborhoods all over the city besides Lakeview. People outside of the gay community come to see the parade. They parade used to be held downtown. Dyke March moves to a different neighborhood every year. It's time to move the parade.

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  10. Out my window last night I saw them breaking up the crowd on their bikes at the corner of Clark and Belmont. Hard to sleep with all those sirens. It was orderly and over fairly quickly, so kudos to CPD.

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  11. This is the one day out of the year that I absolutely, positively have to get out of Chicago, every year.

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    1. Oh yes. Love the community & the whole Boystown area, but I am not stepping anywhere near there on Pride weekend.

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  12. I live on one of the staging streets. I went out for a quick jog and gym before 7 a.m. When I returned at 9:30, I saw the full force of the police even before most the floats arrived. I knew then the scene would be different from last year's. I also noticed that shortly after 2:30, all noise just stopped--suddenly and shockingly. For the first time I glanced out my window. The street sweepers had gone by and the police and the street was vacant. Just like that. I heard maybe a few screams throughout the rest of the afternoon and night. Great job CPD! Small crowds, fewer floats, and quick exit!

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  13. Thank you for taking our too few tact\gang teams out of our district (16th) for your pandered to constituency parade's security detail. It wasn't like it was a hot and humid weekend with school our for the summer (i.e., Chiraq on steroids).

    I suppose it would be too much to ask for the LGBTQ(RS...) "communities" to combine the Orwellian monitored "Pride" events to be for the same weekend, so that us non-hip tax-paying working class surfs wouldn't be without tact\gang units for two consecutive summer weekends.

    Sarcasm off.

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  14. So basically what everyone suggested....actually worked. Attendance was down this year and security was beefed up. Poof! A 63% drop in incidents/arrests. We've been advocating for a limit to the number of people allowed into the parade as well as an increased police presence. So, here's your proof. Hope they remember this for next year.

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    1. Incredible, isn't it? Makes you wonder why there has been so much resistance over the past few years. Oh! I know. Because it costs business people and parade organizers money.

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    2. As a manager (not owner) of a few of the Boystown locations... we are more than happy to forfeit a few thousand dollars in sales to keep order on the streets, safety in our establishments, and respect amongst our neighbors. This year was much more successful than last, but by no means should it be considered a victory. The root cause of the issues we all discuss stems from a broken judicial and law enforcement system - you want to be upset, take your frustrations to the real source of the problem.

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    3. Then really show your true colors and not lie to your patrons when they inquire about the bloodied people running past your front door on non-pride weekends.

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  15. Second the person above.

    Went out at 8 AM, couldn't go a block without seeing a squad car or multiple cops in Wrigley / Lakeview.
    Helicopters going all day, officers riding trains all day. What a coordination and great job they did!
    Proud of my city. Except for the pot arrests, lol - come on guys. Phish was hear the night before, givem a break

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  16. Heard quite a few people thanking the police as they were leaving this year, great job CPD!

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  17. I was really impressed with the police coverage. I hope the parade continues to recieve this much support.

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  18. I've got to give the cops praise. They did it right this year. I missed the parade itself but was walking around my neighborhood around 5pm, down to Clark and Belmont. Such better control overall. They catch so much flack from the public; it felt nice to tell them they were doing a great job.

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  19. Now, how much $$$ did Richard Pfieffer make on the parade this year? How much in the past? What connection does he have with Tunney? Do they split it in 1/2 or is it 60/40? No figures or accounting has been released in the last 30 years that I can remember. Sweet job, Richard and Tom.

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    1. Enough that the parade is all he does. Lots in GLBT community are snake oil salespeople. Those bars on Halsted don't give crap about GLBT or even crime in the hood.

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  20. Was it really that a limited number of spectators were allowed for the parade? Or was it that there was reduced attendance because of Orlando?

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    1. I think everyone got smart about the parade from the past....people just stayed away. It stopped being about celebrating acceptance and pride...its been a total shit show the last few years,unfortunate the assholes spoil it for the rest.

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  21. Could have used some of that CPD presence up around Sheridan and Irving around 6PM last night. A group of ne'er do wells being obnoxious -hastling the Asian couple in their liquor store for some kind of 1/2 pints of whatever to "take over to the beach." I don't think any of them were 21.

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  22. Walked the dog down Broadway very early Monday morning. There was blood and hair extensions all over the sidewalk. Does anyone know what happened?

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    1. Sadly blood and hair extensions aren't even unusual anymore.

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    2. Somebody's ass got snatched bald. They don't go for the neck or face anymore, the first thing that flies is that wig now. Just watch liveleak or Worldstar.

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