It would be difficult to do justice to the ridiculousness of last night in paragraph form.
Calls for police service stacked up like cordwood, waiting for officers to become available. In addition to the dedicated “entertainment detail,” at least four of the district’s 14 active beat cars were tied up on Clark Street, dealing with 25-year-old children.
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Even calls for help from some Clark Street bars didn’t get police responses.
The district was down to its last available car as we begin….
1:05AM: Ambulance is rolling to Circuit nightclub, 3641 N. Halsted, for a battery victim who has cuts to his face. Assigned to “entertainment detail” unit 1967A.
1:05AM: 1967A says that, they are under direct orders to not leave Clark Street.
1:07AM: On Clark Street, a man is threatening employees at McDonald’s across from Wrigley Field. 1967A is assigned.
1:07AM: Supervisor over-rules. In addition to not being able to leave Clark Street, 1967A cannot travel north of Addison Street. Reassign the call.
1:21AM: Still waiting for a car to become available for Circuit’s battery victim. Oh, and McDonald’s, too.
1:27AM: OK. Now it’s a battery in progress over at that McDonald’s
1:28AM: A car is assigned to McDonald’s.
1:29AM: That car at McDonald’s needs some help. There’s a brawl.
1:30AM: Unit 1967A, finally allowed to venture 100 yards beyond Addison, goes to McDonald’s.
1:31AM: Fight at McDonald’s is breaking up.
1:38AM: Moe’s Cantina wants to speak with the police. They previously called for help when several patrons began fighting. Dispatcher acknowledges that the original call “has time on it.”
1:40AM: Disturbance at John Barleycorn.
1:50AM: Fake $20 bill passed at 7-Eleven on Sheffield near Wrigley. Case HX221673
1:52AM: Well, that battery victim from Circuit has been hauled away to Illinois Masonic. Now Circuit wants help because they’re holding the two people who beat the guy up. Dispatcher: “We never got a chance to dispatch” the original call from 1:05AM. Battery case HX221648.
2:00AM: Intoxicated woman fighting the staff and refusing to leave John Barleycorn.
2:15AM: Deuces and the Diamond Club, 3505 N. Clark, is holding a battery offender.
2:41AM: A man is seen breaking into a silver car in the 3800 block of Kenmore. An officer who is working alone takes the call, engages in a foot pursuit, and takes the man into custody. Nicely done, officer.
3:21AM: Bloody guy down in the street at Belmont and Kenmore.
3:46AM: Man down, roll EMS. Outside Irish Oak, 3511 N. Clark.
4:32AM: A resident of the 1100 block of Cornelia finds his home’s window busted out. Criminal damage case HX221758
4:45AM: Responding to an alarm, officers find that someone tried to break through a couple of sets of doors at Best Buy at 2650 N. Clark. Recorded as criminal damage to property in case HX221783