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Mag Mile disturbance

28 people people were arrested during several disturbances along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, and on board a CTA train.

At least 50 teenagers were gathered outside the McDonald’s at Chicago and State prompting a large police response. Heavy police presence could also be seen at Huron and Michigan, Superior and State, and several surrounding blocks.

Police said the suspects intentionally bumped into other people on the sidewalks, and fought amongst themselves. 17 of those arrested were charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct.

All but two were juveniles.

Police said there were no reported robberies, assaults or property damage related to the incident.

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One Chicago alderman wants police to step up their presence downtown following a series of disturbances over the weekend.

Ald. Brendan Reilly, 42nd, says more help, more planning and more resources are needed to deter outbursts like the one that happened on the Magnificent Mile on Saturday.

There were two separate incidents downtown that called for police response.

17 young people were arrested for disturbances along Michigan Avenue. Police say the suspects bumped into people, blocked sidewalks and stopped traffic.

11-teenagers were arrested after 2 women were attacked on the CTA’s red line in The Loop. Several people have been charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct.

Ald. Reilly has praised the police response to the incidents. But he wants police to do more to prevent the attacks from happening in the first place.

The attacks have business owners and city officials worried about the impact these incidents will have on tourism.

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy points out that his police officers were on top of the situation right away.

“The answer is: We’re there, we’re doing our jobs,” McCarthy said. “And the strategy downtown is high-profile visibility and enforcement where appropriate.”

When asked if the groups of young people organized through Facebook and Twitter, 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.”

The Mayor believes it will take more than police to deter the disturbances created by young people.

“Parents have a role to play,” Emanuel said. “The kids of those parents on the weekend have a role to play. So nobody gets a pass who is an adult and accountable. Nobody.”

This comes as the Chicago Police Department releases new crime statistics showing that overall, crime in the city is down 8% in the first three months of this year.

Chicago police arrested nearly 30 people along the Michigan Ave and on-board a CTA train Saturday night.

About half of those arrested are under age 18.

Police say they bumped into people on sidewalks, blocked sidewalks and stopped traffic on the streets around Superior and Erie last night.

They’re charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct.

Witnesses say four teens attacked a man and broke his nose on Dearborn and Chicago Ave.

11 teens attacked two women aboard a train at the State and Lake CTA station.

Close to 30 people people were arrested during several disturbances along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, and on board a CTA train, Saturday night.

At least 50 teenagers were gathered outside the McDonald’s at Chicago and State prompting a large police response, just before 8pm. Heavy police presence could also be seen at Huron and Michigan, Superior and State, and several surrounding blocks.

Mag Mile Disturbances Police said the suspects intentionally bumped into other people on the sidewalks, and fought amongst themselves. 17 of those arrested were charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct.

All but two were juveniles.

Police said there were no reported robberies, assaults or property damage related to the incident.

But witnesses did recall that a man suffered a broken nose when he was attacked by four teens near Dearborn Street and Chicago Avenue.

In a separate incident, police arrested 11 teenagers at CTA’s State and Lake station around 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Police said the group attacked two women in a train car, and ran off with one of the women’s belongings. Officers arrested the teens when they tried to leave the station.

The two women were treated at the scene and released.

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