TRUE STORY: Dispatchers Needed 11 Minutes To Find A Cop Available To Answer A Call That Came From Within 30 Feet of This Bus

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Here’s an excellent example of our police and politicians using smoke and mirrors to manage “perception” rather than actual police officers to reduce crime.

Last night, there was a big old Chicago Police bus parked in front of 3352 N. Halsted Street. At 1:58 this morning, Roscoe’s Tavern, located just one door away from the parked bus called 911 after security detained a man who threw glass into the crowd, hitting several customers.

How long do you think it took for dispatch to find an officer available to handle the Roscoe’s call? Take a look at that bus again. It’s one door away from the 911 caller.

Eleven minutes. Eleven minutes just to find an available officer.

But, damn. That bus sure looks bad ass.

A CWB reader comments,

That big bus is a waste of time and money it serves no purpose other than to look imposing and has to be accompanied by an actual beat car to make sure no one vandalizes it (read that as a beat car must be held down and not answer service jobs or patrol for offenders)

At any rate, one of the Roscoe’s patrons who was hit by glass asked for and received medical assistance. The incident is recorded in Chicago Police Department case #HW422601

BTW, does this whole story about someone throwing glass into the crowd at Roscoe’s sound familiar? This may be why.

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