Monday, June 26, 2017

PRIDE PARADE: 19 Arrests, 5 Robberies (But No Stabbings Or Shootings For A Change)

Six hours after Sunday's Pride Parade, police are on standby at Roscoe and Halsted | CWB Reader
Chicago’s 48th Annual Pride Parade and its aftermath resulted in an estimated 19 arrests Sunday afternoon into early this morning. If that figure holds, it will be the lowest arrest total for a Pride Parade since at least 2012, according to records maintained by CWBChicago.

Two people were arrested for brandishing firearms, and at least five robberies were reported—including two during the parade itself.

But, for the first time in three years, CWBChicago is not aware of any stabbings or shootings connected to the parade celebration.

The arrest total was undoubtedly slashed by the police department's decision to stop admission to Halsted Street bars at 11 p.m. and to close the bars at midnight.

Even the Boystown 7-Eleven store at Roscoe and Halsted was closed by police orders around 9 p.m. CPD supervisors cited “public safety” for the forced closure after a large fight broke out in the store’s parking lot.

The parade itself ran 4 hours and 8 minutes from step-off until the last entry crossed the finish line—21 minutes longer than last year.

Twenty-four people were arrested in connection with last year’s parade; 52 in 2015; and 46 each in 2013 and 2014, according to records.

Weapons Arrests

Several people reported different men brandishing guns in the crowd during Sunday’s parade, but police were not able to locate any of the suspects.

Then, following up on yet another call of a man flashing a gun around 5:30 p.m., cops made an arrest. After a brief foot chase, the suspect was taken into custody in the 3100 block of North Broadway, and a weapon was recovered.  Charges are pending.

Four hours later, police responded to reports of a woman threatening people with a gun in the street near Oakdale and Sheffield. Officers found a woman matching the callers’ description and recovered a weapon. Charges are also pending against her.


Robberies

• A robbery near the Belmont Red Line ended with an arrest around 3:30 p.m. Officers tazed the offender, but he managed to wrangle free from the electrode spikes and run away. Cops gave chase and took the man into custody nearby.

• About 20 minutes later, a man was severely beaten and robbed in the 500 block of West Oakdale as the parade ended. Two male offenders fled in an unknown direction. The victim was taken away by ambulance.

• A man was hit in the face with a brick and robbed just west of the Belmont Red Line station a little after midnight this morning. The offender, described as a black male wearing a black t-shirt with white dots on it, was last seen running northbound in the east alley of Sheffield. The victim was transported to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment.

• Another man was robbed at Halsted and Waveland around 1 a.m. The victim was going home from work when a man and two women threatened him and took his book bag. They were rewarded with the man’s dirty work clothes and his uncashed paycheck. No description was available for the women, but the man was described as black, wearing a white shirt with gray pants.

• A Boystown man reported that he was beaten up and robbed by two men during the post-parade festivities. The victim was unable to remember exactly where the robbery took place when he reported it at 1:30 a.m.

The scene on Halsted Street shortly before the bars closed their doors by police order. | CWB Reader

The Run-Down

And, by popular demand, a few of the other emergency radio calls that caught our ears on Sunday:

9:33AM - Caller says a “male white ‘little person’ wearing a Cubs hat threatened him with a gun” at Grace and Broadway. No armed “little person” was found.

12:15PM — Whoops! Patrick just stepped outside and noticed that someone stole a Remington shotgun from the back of his Jeep Cherokee.

12:49PM — Drone reported over the 3200 block of North Halsted. Top cop in charge of the parade: “Try to identify the drone flyer. If they find him, we’re going to grab him, we’re gonna arrest him and we’re gonna inventory his drone.”  That's not exactly "Go ahead, make my day," but it'll have to do.

1:15PM — At the parade staging area: “I don’t see any protesters. There is a guy with a Trump sign. But they’re in the parade. They just don’t like Trump.”



1:45PM — Reports of a restaurant on Broadway “selling liquor in to-go cups.”

1:47PM — 705 Belmont: EMS call.
"Female Hispanic, 14. She's very drunk and hit the panic button on her phone."
“Did you say 14?”
“I did.”

2:10PM — Hold your calls! We have a winner! The first arrest of the day takes place at Belmont and Halsted. Criminal sexual abuse is the preliminary classification.

2:18PM — COP: “There’s four male Hispanics drinking alcohol and smoking weed.”
19th DISTRICT COMMANDER: “Who’s complaining about them smoking marijuana? They all are!”

2:26PM — Second arrest of the day. He’s a drone pilot. Diversey and Pine Grove. Daaaayum! They're gonna inventory your drone, dude!

3:22PM — “We have a young lady who fell down and busted her face open pretty good” at Wellington and Broadway.

3:33PM — Parade is halted briefly after a parade participant fell down the stairs of a double-decker bus. Also at Wellington and Broadway.



4:15PM — The Starbucks at Clark and Belmont is forced to close after about a dozen people storm the store, ransack the place, and deploy pepper spray.

4:16PM — “Ya got three male whites waving sex toys in the air” at Belmont and Broadway.

4:19PM — “Two people went into the porta potty and won’t come out. They’re not responding when people knock.” Buckingham and Clark.

4:31PM — “Intoxicated male standing between two cars. He’s been vomiting for two hours.” 600 block of Oakdale.

5:01PM — Random radio transmission: “Hey! The paramedics are looking for the puker.”

5:07PM — An intoxicated female keeps trying to climb a building. 600 block of Barry.

5:16PM — “30 people” stealing from the Walgreens. 3046 North Halsted.

6PM — CPD boss: “I’m releasing the district draw on the line of march. No tact. No gang. Nobody else.”
COP: “What about gang?” No.
COP 2: “What about salt trucks?” No
COP 3: “What about tact teams?” No
COP 4: “Can we get a lunch?”
RANDOM VOICE: “Whoever keeps asking, stop.”

6:36PM — 3900 Broadway: A drunk guy picked up a woman’s purse and then got punched out by a lady when he got caught. EMS and arrest teams ordered.

6:41PM — “Disregard,” says a cop with the drunk purse thief. “They resolved it. He took a licking and realized he deserved it.”

8PM — Resident near the Belmont Red Line says she asked some men to stop urinating in her yard and they knocked her in the head. Also, they’re selling drugs.

8:41PM — “I got someone hit in the head with a bottle of vodka outside Hydrate.”

9:07PM — “We got a pretty good fight in the 7-11 parking lot.” CPD closes the store due to “public safety.”

Video

Police clearing the 900 block of Belmont at 1 a.m. today. "Like a thousand blue lightning bugs," one passer-by said.

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47 comments:

  1. Why are people who aren't going into bars allowed to loiter for hours after the parade? There should be no reason anyone is allowed to hang out in parking lots, in the streets, or on the sidewalks. Fix it.

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    1. Yeah! The rights of the people to peacefully assemble should be infringed!

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    2. No one has the right to loiter or trespass. You need to go back and look at the definition of the right to peaceful assembly.

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    3. Loitering is not a crime in Chicago.

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    4. Loitering is not a crime in Chicago.
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      It is if the loiterers are blocking access to a building and they refuse to move.

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  2. This shit-storm needs to be moved out of Boystown to an area better equipped to handle the crowds. Closing the bars very early was a great idea. Too bad if some people got upset with that. I hope this thread produces some good discussion of the event and the aftermath, especially the aftermath. A good discussion was underway over on that "Take Back Lakeview" Facebook group but the heavy-handed moderators shut it down when a few people tried to identify the cause of 95% of the post-parade issues. It's clear they are way too "PC" and don't want people discussing the truth.

    Excellent job, as usual, CWB, on reporting all of this stuff from Sunday. This report looks significantly shorter than in 2014 or before, and I guess that's a good positive thing! Also excellent work by the CPD (and any other "security companies" who may have been working the parade and post-parade)!

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    1. no no no, it does not need to be moved. what makes you think it is going to be controlled or contained if it was moved? I mean, seriously ... 19 arrests for the number of people who come into the areas, and no one got seriously hurt. and you want to post this bs. I live in Lakeview, in the heart of boystown ... my vote is to keep it here!!

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    2. I agree. Get it the fuck out of the area. Parades are bullshit as is. Have it on Michigan avenue if there are going to be that many people. All of the suburbanites coming to the parade have ruined it for the actual lgbtq people from what I have been told. Bunch of drunk ass 17 year olds running around acting like asshats.

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    3. I saw the Takeback Lakeview forum that was shut down. Then another one got started, was very productive and allowed group members to give input, then one of the former moderators chimed in with a dissenting position and it got shut down again. It seems that is a good vehicle for discussion the problems and sharing possible ideas, but if one disagrees with the moderators, the thread gets shut down. What a waste of time! Does anyone know of any other viable avenues for discussion, other than the excellent CWB forums?

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  3. Great work, guys! As always you do a great job of covering what's really happening in our neighborhood. Thanks for your continued hard work.

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  4. Excellent coverage all day yesterday as is your style!

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  5. Less arrests because less manpower. And they don't want it forced to move to Columbus.

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  6. Just sad. Remember when the bulk of the crowd were hot gay men. All I saw yesterday were drunk teens...It's become a circus.

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    1. I am just shocked.....
      Given all the positive reviews of the event, and the excellent management / supervision....I must say I'm shocked!

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  7. My observations on yesterday: (1) Crowd seemed slightly smaller than the past 2-3 years [did we reach Peak Gay in 2014?] (2) parade-goers seemed to be somewhat more well-behaved than in prior years

    I still believe that the parade needs to move downtown -- either to State street or Columbus. Barring a different venue, the parade needs to cap the number of entries at something like 100ish -- the parade is far too long and disruptive. (And do we really need a parade float to celebrate Foreskin Pride?)

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    1. Yes, when you have people riding the #36 bus through Uptown with t-shirts reading the likes of "Where's My Foreskin?" and "I Hate My Babay Mama", these issues must be addressed in parades.

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    2. I was with you in agreement until your final question. So ... you propose censoring individual floats?

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    3. why does it need to be moved??? I observed people from all walks of life enjoying themselves. I didn't see anything out of the ordinary, now yes we do have an issue in the aftermath of the parade ... which I am not certain how that needs to be handled, but that would not be any different downtown. The police have done a great job in keeping the area safe. I live here and I am fine with the parade staying here!!

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    4. What you didn't see or hear is the many people with guns. The few they were able to catch.

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  8. You know, with everything police have to deal with in this city it's a shame we create events to just wear them out.

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    1. what the hell are you talking about? Pride has been going on for over 30 some years, police are police, what are you saying we shouldn't have any events? how do you think some of these ares make money?

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    2. The first 25 years I walked out right before and it ended in a few hours,early years soonee.. nothing like the current sh*tshow.

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  9. My social media was filled with friends in Mexico, on boats, at music fests, and on Sunday, at Pride North. My take was locals and those who have experienced the last couple years got the heck out.

    I'm a proponent of a downtown parade and maybe outdoor fest fenced off.

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    1. Pride North.. ain't nothing but an afternoon where bars get to sell you booze on the street and shake you down for accessing a public street.. it's about their pockets not your pride.. it is a private event with no transparent books.. cha ching.

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  10. Any word on yesterday's 11 am Pitbull attack of person and dogs on Cornelia just West of Fremont? Police responded, tazed dog, ambulance dispatched, crazy scene.

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  11. I agree that the parade should be moved downtown, but it seems like that discussion died a couple of years ago. Columbus Drive and it's adjoining sidewalks and grassy areas are much wider than the current parade route. The argument that Lakeview is the heart of the gay community and the parade therefore belongs there is no longer valid. For one, Edgewater has overtaken Lakeview in terms of gay population. Also, gay people live all over the city, AND many come to Chicago for Pride weekend and stay in downtown hotels anyway.

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    1. There is no gayborhood in Chicago today. Even gay bars aren't needed today. Time to live in the present and move on. Gay marriage is legal.

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    2. The gay bars aren't even gay anymore. And Sidetrack hasn't been gay on a Friday or Saturday night for over a decade that I'm aware of.

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  12. It's greedy bar owners and The North Halsted Street Merchants association that refuse to allow the parade to be moved. They should be forced to pay for all of the security including the extra police required to handle the situation. They should also be required to pay for clean up. If they are so hell bent on keeping the parade on Halsted then they should be required to assume the costs.

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  13. It will never move downtown because:

    1) Tunney/Smith/Cappelman would have to admit their Wards have a crime problem. Tunney's FB page would have you believe this is Mayberry, NC and he is Andy Griffith.


    2) Rahmbo doesn't want it Downtown, nor do the Limo Liberals on the Gold Coast and Magnificent Mile as it would be high visibility to the national press and media, whereas they now forget our area as it does not exist and is not reported.

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    1. Tunney reminds me more of Aunt Bea.

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  14. Of course members of the Walsh security vest firm were out in full force in front of fantasy club with one wanna-be cop who was searching peoples trunks and cars and taking peoples liquor away on halsted between waveland and Addison all night long. I used my cell phone to record this. I am shocked illegal impersonation of a police officer is tolerated by a security guard in a Walsh reflective vest, instead of focusing on protecting fantasy bar, he is walking 500 feet down the street searching strangers cars and taking people's Booze from them. Some of these people didn't even have liquor but were afraid he was going to arrest them, because they don't know better and were giving up their property to a fake cop. I have plenty, plenty of video to supply this site with this wanna-be cop security guard infringing on peoples rights driving and walking down the street. What society allows a guy with a gun in a security outfit to infringe on people like this on the public way, street and sidewalk, no where near a business? Isn't there any legal recourse about this!

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    1. email us - contactingcwb at gmail

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    2. Ahhhh, finally! The Walsh plot thickens!!! Yessss!!!!!

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    3. A lot of people drink from their car truck in Lakeview but how would a pretend cop know which trunks have opened bottles in the trunks unless some one saw it going on????? I see it all the time, open trunk take a Coke can pour some out add booze and street bar totally illegal!!!!!!

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    4. I don't think anyone is arguing that there is a boatload of illegal activity that happens on halsted but when security guards are engaging activities on street and sidewalk as if they're are actually police themselves is a larger problem. Many tourists and people who aren't familiar with Chicago police uniforms, badge. and these guests and tourists walking down the street assume this is a person of authority with real police resemblance of a badge displayed and very real looking firearm in a holster with baton and handcuffs is quite alarming to see enforcement activity by a dude not even licensed or authorized to stop peoples freedom or take away property outside of a private area. Its called unlawful detention. Hope they stop an attorney and its all documented and someone gets arrested (the security guard } and the security business is sued big time. But this is where conflict of interest comes in because the big security director is also in the local precinct as a real cop and discourages any investigation or stopping of his employees, see how that works? I realize this isn't Chicago &doesn't have resources of Naperville or a premier well funded department with sizable resources but this impersonator cop-s who is paid by a private security firm would be arrested in the cities mentioned if they were observed taking these same exact actions , almost exactly in same situations as 1 of the prior felons on Walsh security team got arrested years ago. halsted security guards should be standing inside bars, lobbies, and directly in front of private establishments that give them permission to keep things safe and peaceful, no one has a problem with that. but a private security officer who impose themselves as real police with identifying marks on their fake uniform as authority and intimidating guns on belts and badge roaming back way alleys and illegally confiscating things from peoples car trunks and persons on sidewalk and street in a mile stretch, that should be left to the ON-DUTY and REAL police. maybe lot of the people act like the Wild West out here but we should expect more from our leaders, halsted merchant association, private security firms that they dont act like the Wild West too, just Because they have an affinity for playing an adult game of cops and robbers

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    5. AnonymousJun 27, 2017, 4:10:00 PM Get over your self some type of police/ security is better than none, are you going to pay for police then shut up we are sick of your spam In fact I wish some of the security would beat the pulp out of these criminals running around

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  15. Please publish the videos we need the truth!

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  16. The city did a great job with security and it wouldn't be the same going downtown to watch the parade. The Parade should stay in our neighborhood. Looking forward to next year's Pride Parade.

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    1. "It wouldn't be the same going downtown" is exactly why it should go downtown.

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  17. This has become a total sh*t show! Unfortunately too many drunk m drugged, loud and abusive thugs,are running what USED to be an event to be PROUD of!😟. Felt sorry for the OVER stressed police force, who made the best of it... kudos! It's BEYOND the time to either move this Parade, or shorten the route to just Halsted street ONLY, plus shorten the time, to 2-2.5 hours MAX! Finally, clear the streets completely of trouble making loiterers. WHO pay$ for all those extra cops??

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    1. Dick Pfieffer pays for it but he won't share his financial data with the public. Probably makes a fortune off this parade each year ... who knows?

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    2. Because he makes a living on this one parade. Like a 100k a year.

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  18. “Ya got three male whites waving sex toys in the air”

    Proud.

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  19. Keep it in Boystown. Shorten the route. Allow only 70 entries and start it at 10 am and make it finish by Noon.

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  20. So are drones officially illegal or something? There's a youtube of a drone flying over Marketdays but this one wasn't allowed during Pride?

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