Alderman wants more police in area after weekend disturbance

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Even as police arrested dozens of teens and young adults during a disturbance on Saturday night, the toll on  the near north side continued into Monday.

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said his officers did their job. Recognizing a situation, calling in back-up and getting it shut down fast.

“ These were two groups of people who were fighting the officers were there, they dispersed it immediately and made arrests,” he said.

In an email to his constituents, 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly praised the Chicago police for their efforts but said more needs to be done.

“Unfortunately, a swift, professional response to these incidents is not enough. We need increased police presence  … to prevent these events from occurring in the first place,” the email read.

The fact that the two groups, totaling 400 people didn’t  do property damage may be a combination of luck and police work.  Alderman Reilly said the groups organized on Facebook and twitter.  But when asked about the groups’ organization today, McCarthy quickly shot it down.

“They’re not organized,” he said. “If they were, it’d be an entirely different issue. The fact is, nice weather, people go downtown and those kids have every right to go downtown. They behavior they engage in, if it’s illegal, they’ll be arrested quickly.”

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  • some dude

    Until I saw the video I thought a bunch of punks from Northbrook and Highland Park were doing this.. lol
    Where's the pictures of these kids in their 8th grade cap and gown, and the family spokesman claiming they were recently trying to turn their life around and do good..

  • sikovitall

    McCarthy is from New Jersey! WTF is he doing in Chicago?!
    Oh, shoot! That's right! Rahm is trying to turn Chicago into the east coast: Make taxes so high that all the ""poor" people move out (ala NY), hire a police super from NJ, an alderman's endorsement from the mayor of NY, and Nobu (a pretentious NY based restaurant) coming to Chicago! What's next? Tear down the Sears tower and build a replica of the Empire State building? (Yeah, yeah! I know! It's the Willis (British) tower, but I refuse to acknowledge the selling of a city and its neighborhoods to foriegn companies) Thank god I live in Milwaukee now!

  • anonomyssy

    300 to 400 show up and you're trying to tell me they weren't organized? News flash, that many people don't spontaneioulsy break into violence. WTF?

    • Special Folk

      Bet the Obamaphones played a key role. All the savages have them now, paid for with yours and my tax dollars. We'd better get used to it, the politicians will never ever figure this one out.

  • Aries

    Kids are doing this as a high level organized prank. Suggestion: cops round up as many of the kids participating then issue fines to the parent(s)and or in addition, make the parent pay for boot camp to disipline them Also, make sure this shows up as criminal activity on the kids file when the apply to colleges. Will give the kids a taste of the consequences to their action

  • Joseph Alanzo

    PUT of the TEEN'S and YOUNG ADUIT'S of FOOL'S in State PRIONS for
    5 too 10 yrs. and also TERAT asTERRORIST on the PATRIOT ACT.OH YER Under this ACT THE FOOL can and WILL GET LIFE in JAIL as a TERRORIST.

  • david pantoja

    we may be joining the kids if the wealth disparity widens and jobs keep going over seas, oh and our states pension systems is in the Pooper!

  • spoolie

    I can't stress this solution to the problem enough. Forced labor camps. They can put it at the old U.S.Steel site, they can work the inmates as long as they want, don;t have to pay or feed them. It will be a win win solution.