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.”