Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Mom Of Teen Robbery Victim: Understaffed Cops Needed 20 Minutes To Help My Son

The mother of a 13-year-old boy who was among 4 children robbed during a North Side crime spree on Monday afternoon says that it took "3 phone calls" and "20+ minutes" for police to arrive at the scene of her son's robbery.

The mugging of the 3 grade schoolers near Wrightwood Park took place while the 19th district was in "Radio Assignments Pending" or "RAP" status. RAPs are declared by the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications whenever there are no officers available to handle incoming 911 calls for a police district.

Chicago authorities do not release RAP statistics for specific neighborhoods, but CWB Chicago editors have been tracking RAPs independently since mid-2013.

According to our unofficial records, Monday's RAP was the 65th of the year for our 19th district--that's 22 more RAPs than were recorded in all of last year and 15 more than in 2014.

In a post that was re-published on the Taking Back Lakeview Facebook group, the robbery victim's mom wrote,
We fully support, appreciate and respect our Chicago Police and our alderman [the straight-shooting Scott Waguespack] explained to us that this is an understaffing issue and that is unfortunately, too common in our ward and district.
I am asking you to please take action and help us to effect change - contact your alderman, your district police superintendent, and most importantly our mayor. 
The mother's complete post is republished below. We have removed the child's name:
My son [name omitted] and two of his St. Josaphat school friends were the eighth graders mentioned in this story. 
I want to sincerely thank every one of you who have reached out to us to check in on [him] and keep us in your thoughts and prayers - it means a lot more to him (and us) than I can put into words. 
This is what happened as I understand it from the boys: 
Yesterday after school, the three boys were at Wrightwood Park watching their friends at a Cross Country practice and were leaving the park just before 4pm to meet up with four other classmates nearby. 
They were on Greenview between Lill and Wrightwood when two african-american teens (one was about their age) approached them and one of them put [our son] into a headlock. [He] had his phone in his hands but one of his friends quickly and instinctively grabbed it from him and called 911. 
The other attacker pulled a knife and demanded the phone that the third friend had and chased him with the knife. The friend threw his phone at the thug who then demanded the password to his iCloud account. The boy didn't know it, so the attacker punched him in the face and the two thugs ran to a waiting black car ([My son] thinks it was a Mazda) and drove off. 
The boys ran to the Cross Country coach and told her what happened and she also called the police (kudos to her as she stayed with them and us a full hour waiting for the police to arrive and conduct their report).
Verizon sent an automated alert to me that [our son's] phone had dialed 911. When I received the alert, I texted [him and he] called me out of breath and told me what had just happened. 
I got to the park 5 minutes later and waited with the coach and kids until the other parents and police arrived. Unfortunately the coach had to call 911 again after 20+ minutes had passed and when the police arrived, there were no sirens or lights or sense of urgency. 
While I am outraged that it took the police 3 phone calls to 911 and 20+ minutes to help a 13 year old boy who called during a crime in progress, in the time it took for them to arrive, a similar crime had already been committed by thugs matching the same description. 
The story below indicates that a total of 6 similar crimes likely by the same three thugs happened in less than 90 minutes. 
We fully support, appreciate and respect our Chicago Police and our alderman has explained to us that this is an understaffing issue and that is unfortunately, too common in our ward and district. 
It is difficult to explain to my 13 yr old son why the police didn't come when he needed them, and will be significantly more difficult for him to feel safe again. 
[My son] and his friends are doing as well as can be expected and we are profoundly grateful that none of them was hurt physically.
I am asking you to please take action and help us to effect change - contact your alderman, your district police superintendent, and most importantly our mayor. 
Demand more police officers in Chicago. The police cannot protect us effectively if they are understaffed and overworked. It shouldn't take 20-40 minutes to respond to a call of a crime in progress. Things are not likely to change if we remain silent and it might be your child next time and he/she might not be as lucky as mine was.
Staff who deal with the direct communications between Aldermen and Mayor's office: 
Chavez, Claudia - Claudia.Chavez@cityofchicago.org and Samantha Fields Samantha.Fields@cityofchicago.orgOffice of the Mayor(o) 312-744-2456(m) 312-519-7521
19th District - Town Hall Police (Merged with 23rd from Belmont) Robert Cesario, Commander850 W. AddisonChicago, IL 60613
CAPS019District@chicagopolice.orgPhone: 312-744-8320Fax: 312-744-4481Mary Hein- CAPS Sgt. Mary.hein@chicagopolice.org
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39 comments:

  1. Its like a sport to the thugs and the thug parents. The mayor should visit the boys and give an explanation as to why it took one hour for the police to show up. If I was one of those parents I would be standing in front of his house when he comes home to demand an answer.

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    1. He will never give an apology-explanation they northside kids.
      Bring it to the southside everyone will be reprimanded as far as the police . Let's face it folks someone has to take credit for voting this asshole back in the office. And it wasn't me ‼️

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    2. He caters to that community because he is afraid of their violence. He will never pay attention to us until he is afraid of ours.

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  2. Our asshole mayor sits behind his palace guard while his neighbors sit unprotected. Of course it's the machine who elects in this town not the people.

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    1. totally agree about his personal police army. if a few of them had been assigned to protect us commoners who pay for their services, maybe these kids wouldn't have gone through this and we wouldn't be losing another set of families to the burbs. the north side is gonna start clearing out en masse in 2017, mark your calendars.

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  3. Been posting on this blog for years and we have gone from people being robbed on a weekend night to complete hell. No leadership. You are on your own and it will only get worse.

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  4. Arm your children with a small canister of Pepper Spray while doing your back to school shopping. Teach them to defend. Spray the offender in the face.

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  5. There was a recent commentator that "this mom carries". I believe that is the Lakeview mom of the future. What's hidden under mom's apron won't worry the kids or the other moms. There is such a thing as a hammerless .38 air weight . Snag free and light to carry to the bus stop. Perfect for mom.

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  6. As stated before, the mayor does not give a rats ass what happens to tax paying citizens, but is concerned about the security of his house and family. Lets see - 2 officers in the front of the house - 2 officers in the back of the house. That is 12 officers for a 24 hour period. As mentioned before there is a "roving" squad or 2 that do not receive radio assignments that patrol a 2 or 3 block around his house. That is 6 additional officers on all 3 shifts. Now let's do the math . . . 12 + 12 = 24 officers assigned to the 19th district that make sure that "he" is safe. Now a robbery in progress is put on the radio and it takes 20 - 30 minutes for an officer to be assigned? ? ? ? ? I sure hope my taxes go up another $6,000 next year like they did this year. Maybe then we can hire the 2,000 police officers we are short.

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  7. Sadly, mom needs to explain to these boys about how to protect themselves and keep a watchful eye out for people who look out of place in their neighborhood. These thugs know their own neighborhood is crawling with police and they are smart enough to rob people in the underserved areas. Its easy pickings.

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  8. It's pretty clear at this point that there is just no police presence in the area. An hour to get out to a scene of kids being assaulted at knife point says it all.

    The scary thing is that the criminals know this. The crimes these days are happening in broad daylight. This particular park is packed during the day. And these pieces of garbage weren't even in a rush. And if by some miracle they are caught, they can expect some toothless probation for their crimes.

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    1. Fact.
      Hey STOOGES.....can you read??

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  9. The police are not there to protect you or your children. You may not like that, but it is the truth. They have no, zero duty to protect. They are there to take the reports, call the ambulance, and draw the chalk outline around the bodies.

    See Warren v. District of Columbia[1] (444 A.2d. 1, D.C. Ct. of Ap. 1981) District of Columbia Court of Appeals case that held that the police do not owe a specific duty to provide police services to citizens based on the public duty doctrine. The case was pretty horrific. Three women called 911 several times, were assured the police were on the way. The police looked around, knocked on the door, and then left. They called 911 again, and were lied to. The three women were beaten and raped for fourteen hours. The police and dispatch were immune to lawsuits.


    You are on your own.
    You are your own first responder.
    Kudos to the x-country coach for staying with the children. SHE RESPONDED and did her best to help the children.

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    1. I've heard this before but our general orders can and should lead to termination for cowardice. If you fail to act and freeze or flee to avoid being injured, you can and should be fired. If we on-view a person being shot, beat or stabbed, we have a moral obligation to act. I'm not proactive anymore but I would never act like a coward and not try to save someone. I'm just worried that I'll pay the price in court and on the media. I think this speaks for the vast majority of officers.

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  10. We need to get all up in the alderperson's butts about this!

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    1. Just me....
      I'd really prefer to 'fire' them.
      Crime up + Cops down = Stooges out!
      And their pal the mayor too.

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  11. Once again......
    GREAT job Rahm. Or to put it in terms you'd understand Fucking great job. You putz!
    And you too, stooges.
    Tunney, Cappleman, Smith. Each one.
    You still wouldn't know the difference between leadership and a flaming sack of crap if you smelled bad and your damn foot was on fire.

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    1. Yup - you are 100 percent correct. Rahm is like the David Dinkins of Chicago. Time to bring in a Mayor Guiliani type now. He cleaned up NYC. Also time to bring in the Guardian Angels to patrol Lakeview.:
      guardianangels.org/contact
      Guardian Angels

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  12. The powers that be took the North side cops and put them on the South side to stop the crime. That sure helped didn't it. Now the criminals run rampant on the North side and South side. Lots of smarts at city hall. NOT

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    1. Spread the wealth, spread the crime--that's what voters asked for and that's what they got. The rich city cats who endorse socialism can always hide behind tax shelters and other schemes the rest of us can't. But where do you hide from a maniac hellbent on assaulting you? Even Chicago's rich have to come out of their lofty towers at some point.

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    2. That's not the whole story though - laws have changed (loitering and such) and certain police tactics have been deemed unfair. Besides that, why would any cop want to get involved with true crime when they'll just be shown in a negative light *IF* something really bad happens between them and the suspects / bad people?

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  13. Perhaps its time for "Safe Passage" routes here or is SP only for certain neighborhoods?

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  14. How about pushing our state reps to get rid of ecoATMs?? If it wasn't so easy to put a stolen phone in an ATM and get cash for it - they wouldn't be so appealing to steal.

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    1. That machine took a picture of me and I had to let it take a picture of my driver's license before it gave me $180 for my iPhone. Not that it matters. It took me two tries to get my cash because in the reflection of the glass I could see a thug behind me pacing back/forth waiting for the second that machine spit out the cash.

      Go after your indie stores conveniently located near the L stops that have cardboard, handwritten signs that read "We unlocka phone 4 $25".

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  15. So sad when crime hits the young ones. I too was robbed when I was young, at age of 12. Walking home from school (3PM) and a car pulls up, man in his 20s asked if I was part of a gang and checked my arms for tattoos. Asked where I lived, etc. Snatched my necklace I wore for picture day, that my grandmother gave me, checked if I had a wallet, I didn't. Then he got back in the car and gave me the stare of death, as he drove away. Back then, cell phones were not common. So I ended up running home and didn't end up telling my parents, in fear of them never letting me go back outside to play.

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  16. So people pay exorbitant property taxes for what? To wait an hour? But Special Eddie has it all under control. He and his merit goofs can stomp and scream and put on a concerned face for the lame stream media. Still the more Rahm and his puppets piss on the beat cops the more fetal they become. 90 homicides this month, but 8 cops guarding the king's place? It will only get worse, especially if the next president is anti-cop. Bail out, the ship is sinking.

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  17. In the mid-ninties, while living on Leavitt and Waveland, I came home from work to the site of my first floor neighbor's door smashed in- and could see through the open door that her place had been tossed. I am not exaggerating when I tell you that the first car was there in two minutes and two more arrived in less than five. Oh, the good old days.

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  18. the mayor should swallow his pride and let the national guard help all of us

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    1. No sir or ma'am. I'm sorry, but that is a terrible idea. How about judges actually convicting and sentencing arrestees first?

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  19. Robert.Cesario@chicagopolice.org

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  20. Sgt. Hein from the 19th district provided this response to me - within just a couple of hours, which I was very pleased with: "The officers arrived on scene 11 minutes after being dispatched by OEMC, not the 20 plus minutes or an hour as written on some posts. Ideally, a quicker response to the scene would have been desired but please understand that the call was dispatched as a robbery just occurred and that the offender was no longer on scene. As the other robbery calls came in with better descriptions of the offenders and the vehicle, other beat cars and tactical officers were dispatched and toured the area. The officers of the 19th District work very hard to arrest offenders and to not just document incidents on paper. Many times the victims have no idea that numerous units responded to their incidents because the officers are looking for the offenders that have fled from where it occurred based on information from the victims, witnesses, and detailed information from the officers that respond to take the report."

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  21. Wonder how long it took for the police took to respond to the Mayor's sons mugging?

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  22. The politicians do not care about any of us after the elections. The alderfools cash their checks and sleep peacefully. Period. Over 100k, plus perks, a juicy $1 million dollar slush fund, assistant that gets paid 70k plus another pension, office paid for. And they just have to meet once a month. How many agenda items have even been brought by the new alderfools except facebook posts of parties, paying electric bills, jobs that pay minimum wages. Zero ideas of any forensic audits that would free up millions to hire more police, get rid of the gold stars that just sit in the departments. Kids are now being robbed, does anyone even care, hell no.

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  23. 2 words lady - LAKE FOREST. We moved and never looked back.

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  24. Is Supt Johnson going to contact the families of the victim's and apologize for the response? Or does he only do that for rappers?

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  25. Yes, he only has the rappers phone numbers.

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  26. Why didn't the gutless media that is totally controlled by Rahm report that the little thug boys who did assaults with knives commit a forcible rape? I guess that doesn't fit in with Rahms agenda nor the agenda of the liberal sickening media in this town. Rahm must be stopped.

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    1. Good luck. Its like the mayor thinks he lives in upstate New York and the biggest law offence is speeding or animal poaching. Guess what Mr. Mayor we are the ones being poached by out of control thugs. And nothing will change. He will announce a hiring increase next week but the truth be told many officers are about to retire so the numbers in manpower will stay the same. He is a lie'r that should never be trusted.

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