BY THE NUMBERS: Pride Sunday Brings At Least 36 Arrests, 70+ Medical Calls, 24 Batteries

Seven! Seven robbery victims! AH! AH! AH! AH!
UPDATE JULY 1: As of 4PM today, charges have been filed in only two of the incidents listed here with case numbers: An underage drinker and the man charged with criminal damage to a police car.
The monthly police department CAPS meeting for Wrigleyville and Boystown will be held Wednesday night at 7 o’clock in the police station on Addison. 

Eight arrests? That’s what the police press release claimed when it got fired off to the media as the last float crossed the finish line Sunday.  Try 36.

Good news: there were far fewer fights reported than last year

Bad news: there were more robberies (six incidents involving seven victims) and medical services were again outstripped by demand. (Our list of police-involved medical calls is here.)

10:39AM – Someone made the poor decision to move out of their Halsted/Buckingham apartment on Pride Sunday.

10:29AM – 12 protesters have arrived at the designated site: Pine Grove and Diversey.

The CPD “ANOV bus” apparently decided
to spend time with its family on Sunday.

11:00AM – Despite much hoopla about a crackdown on public drinking, it is revealed that the Chicago Police Department’s “ANOV Bus”—designed to quickly process people charged with drinking on the public way and other minor infractions—will not be attending this year’s Pride Parade.

11:00AM – Woman battered on the Brown Line at Belmont station. Case HX324756

11:23AM – Pride’s first arrestee: underage drinker at Halsted and Barry.

11:38AM – Protester count: 30 anti-gay, 25 anti-anti-gay. 11 minutes later, a woman is arrested there for battery. Case HX323676

12:28PM – Police helicopter identifies only one problem area: Halsted and Aldine.

Image: TC’s wife

12:41PM – Helicopter: problems at Halsted and Aldine. “At least 100 people smashed into that area and they’re still coming.”

12:54PM – People are standing on a squad car at Halsted and Aldine. A neighbor clicks “record.” Dispatcher: “If you are parked at 3334 Halsted, people are sitting and walking on your car.”

12:58PM – Helicopter reports a second police car is being jumped on a block north of the first one.

1:02PM – Arrest at Belmont and Clark.

1:04PM – CTA is asked to bypass Belmont station. It does.

1:10PM – Crowd has gotten around/through/over fencing at the LGBT senior center construction site near Halsted and Addison. Large crowd gathering inside.

Come on, come on! Answer! Ugh. Batman
never does me like this.

1:19PM – Crowd’s too dense. Some bike cops are taking their cycles back to the station.

1:28PM – Over at the protest site, people on passing floats are throwing water bottles and other debris at the protesters. The projectiles are also hitting officers.

1:28PM – Police command post wants to tell parade organizers about participants hurling things, but the organizers are “not answering their phone.”

1:30PM – The 19th district enters “Radio Assignments Pending” (RAP) status, meaning no officers are available to handle important calls waiting for service. The RAP will continue all night.

1:30PM (approximate) – As calls of people passing out in the heat surge, the fire department hoses people down at Halsted and Belmont. Video.

1:34PM – Fist fight inside Circle K, Halsted and Addison. Participants flee.

 That’ll buff right out.  Image: Second City Cop 
1:42PM – Vice unit conducting premise checks of liquor establishments says it’s issuing a citation at 3354 N Halsted, an address lying between DS Tequila Company and Roscoe’s Tavern. Case HX323781

1:45PM – People are still trashing that police car at Halsted and Aldine. “If that’s your car, you better get over there.” Officers: There is “no way” to get there.

1:52PM – Some how, some way, after all of those people danced on and trashed the police car at Halsted and Aldine, Dionte Rice, 19, winds up being the one who gets arrested.  With luck like that, you’d better not be booking any trips to Vegas, Dionte. The Second City Cop blog has a pic of the arrest—and what’s left of the car. Case HX323835.

1:53PM – They’re still on the police car at Halsted and Buckingham.

1:57PM – VIP treatment! Someone gets arrested by the CPD’s Deputy Chief for Area 3. Reason unknown.

1:58PM – Whispered on police radio: “Make it stop.”

2:00PM – Report from the scene of the second police car/dance floor at Halsted and Buckingham: “The roof is caving in, hood dented in, all damaged outside.” Also, there’s an elderly woman passed out in the alley behind it. Send EMS.

2:04PM – Officers report a “large fight” at 3247 Halsted.

2:07PM – Protest site: “We’ve got a battery and an extremely rowdy group.” Friendly suggestion: the police mounted unit is a block or two away. Horses are politely declined because “they won’t do any good on the sidewalk.” Case HX323855.

2:08PM – Dispatcher: “These people need to leave. The parade is over. Go home.”

2:15PM – Dispatcher: “Officer [name]? You need to go to Halsted and Aldine. Your car was damaged.” Command Center: “Uh, yeah. Have him call the command center, too.”

2:29PM – Man beating a woman, 4619 Broadway

2:33PM – Two juveniles arrested for battery at Montrose and Sheridan.

2:49PM – Another arrest. Details unknown.

3:20PM – Per an EMS officer, someone just got punched in the face at Belmont and Sheffield.

3:34PM – Can we let people board the train at Belmont now? “Yes, please.”

3:48PM – Helicopter: The crowd is about to take over the street at Halsted and Roscoe. They’re breaking down barriers and filing in behind the parade.

3:55PM – Battery in progress, Halsted and Aldine.

4:00PM – An off-duty sergeant is threatened by a man outside of Cubby Bear, Clark and Addison. One arrest for aggravated assault of a protected employee. Case HX324047

4:01PM – More cars! More cars! Huge fight at 3220 Halsted. The participants are from Iowa.

4:08PM – Officer needs help, Broadway and Diversey.

4:23PM – Helicopter: Crowds “10 deep” waiting to get on trains at Belmont.

4:34PM – Belmont and Sheffield: Crowd on the street is so big, customers can’t exit Walgreen’s.

4:36PM – White guy “fighting everybody” inside Dunkin’ Donuts, Clark and Belmont.

4:37PM – Still getting calls about the battery in progress at Dunkin’ Donuts.


4:38PM – Officers find a battery victim at Broadway and Oakdale. He tells them he called 911 to report the attack. They tell him to call 311 to file a report. Also, they walk him to a medical tent.

4:40PM – Tracy. Poor Tracy. She called 911 to say she’s at Halsted and Clark and she lost her friends and she’s scared.

4:41PM – Yep. Still getting calls about that guy inside Dunkin’ Donuts.

4:44PM – They’re throwing bottles out of a window at 3404 Halsted. One pedestrian is struck on the head. Police request city building inspectors to “inspect” the party building. Victim declines to press charges.

4:45PM – The building inspectors are “inspecting” a party at 742 Aldine.

4:48PM – While we have no word on the building inspector’s opinion of the party at 742 Aldine, Chicago Police Officers report that it is “still jumping!” This video would seem to confirm that assessment.

4:54PM – The protesters have left.

5:11PM – Two arrests. Circumstances unknown.

5:22PM – One arrest, 3442 Halsted.

5:25PM – Those vice guys are still at it. Writing another citation at 3320 Halsted, they say. That’s the address of Scarlet bar. Case HX324078

Good news for the truck driver: that orange building is a body shop.
Good news for you: it matches your sunglasses, girl!

5:32PM – One arrest at Belmont and Halsted.

5:33PM – Roscoe’s signs complaints against two females.

5:45PM – One arrest at 925 Belmont

5:53PM – Streets and Sanitation street sweeper collides with a Streets and Sanitation pick-up truck at Halsted and Newport. Video of aftermath? Found it!

6:13PM – People fighting a man on a bike at Halsted and Aldine. Oh, the call came in 40 minutes ago.

6:14PM – Two teens being held for battery to an employee working at Halsted and Aldine.

6:42PM – Units are pulled to keep a post-shooting lid on Montrose Harbor area and Uptown.

7:14PM – At Belmont and Wilton, someone is throwing stuff from an upper floor and a person has been struck.

7:24PM – One in custody after a street stop at Belmont and Broadway.

7:43PM – Person beaten at Aldine and Clark. Ambulance is rolling.

7:55PM – Underage drinker arrested, 3237 Halsted. Case HX324332

7:58PM – Battery in progress at Clark and Surf. 10 people fighting in the street.

8:20PM – Armed robbery victims ask to meet officers at 1153 Belmont. Case HX324344

8:27PM – Two arrests. Broadway and Waveland.

8:34PM – Assault in progress 1211 Belmont. A large group of men threatening another.

8:51PM – Among the assignments still waiting for officers as the district’s RAP nears hour #8: Woman beaten and robbed by 3 men and 2 women across from Wrigley Field.

Everything looks good to me. Smoke break. Image: Anonymous

9:01PM – One arrest, 758 Brompton.

9:19PM – Officers report a large disturbance at Halsted and Roscoe.

9:22PM – Officers need help at Halsted and Melrose.

9:34PM – Fight in the alley, 3247 Halsted.

9:50PM – Aggravated battery to a police officer at the police station, 850 W. Addison. Case HX324407

10:12PM – From Duh, Incorporated: Officers report “people are loitering and congregating on the corner of Clark and Belmont.”

10:31PM – One arrest, Halsted and Aldine

10:34PM – Robbery. Man and woman are hit with bottles and robbed by a large group of male offenders at Broadway and Surf. Fire Department Truck 44 reports a group of 30 young men fighting and damaging cars in the same area.

10:40PM – Yet another Pride VIP: the Area 3 Deputy Chief busts another one, Belmont and Sheffield.

10:41PM – District station officer: “[Officers] who are doing mass arrests…they have to fill out the mass arrest cards. They can’t just bring [arrestees] in here without any information.”

11:14PM – “Send me more cars!” 3232 Halsted.

11:34PM – Battery in progress. CTA police report a huge fight near the Belmont L station.

11:35PM – Multiple callers report a man in the fight on Belmont has a gun. Officer: “There is no person with a gun over here.”

11:54PM – 2 arrests at Roscoe and Halsted.

Officers get to know a late nite Pride celebrant at Belmont and Clark.

11:58PM – Officers witness another battery. Belmont and Clark.

MIDNIGHT – The 19th District Executive Officer orders units to sweep Belmont from Clark to Sheffield: “If they are not in a business or waiting in line for a business, they have to move.” Why this is not standard practice the other 364 nights of the year is unclear.

12:01PM – Caller reports person with a gun in his pocket at Halsted and Newport. Officers make contact, don’t find the gun, and deem the matter “not bona fide”

12:03AM – 5 teen girls and 4 teen boys fist fighting in the alley behind 753 Melrose. They’re gone when officers arrive.

12:10PM – Arrest at Belmont and Halsted.

12:32AM – One of the innumerable “car parties” sours when 3 attendees are arrested at Belmont and Seminary.

12:36AM – At 1026 Roscoe, a gentleman says somebody just punched him into the face and scurried into a nearby alley.

12:45PM – Three arrested. Location unclear.

12:55AM – Officer: A large group of males is heading north on Sheffield. “They haven’t started anything, but it looks like they’re going to.”

12:56PM – Another sweep of Belmont. “If they are not in a business or waiting in line for a business, they have to move.” Followed by a similar sweep of Halsted.

1:01AM – Fight on a Red Line train at Belmont. The conductor is trying to break it up. 911 call taker heard a “loud commotion” in the background.

1:11AM – Tons of people on Wilton and Belmont. Commander asks for extra attention there because he’s been getting a lot of complaints from residents on that block.

1:29AM – Person with a gun reported at the Belmont CTA. No weapon found, but three arrests are made for battery. Case HX324625

1:36AM – All bike units are to meet at the Belmont CTA station

The police presence at Belmont and Sheffield is seen moments after
a man was shot nearby early Monday morning.
Image: Anonymous

1:44AM – Multiple calls of people fighting at Sheffield and School. Crowd disperses when officers arrive.

1:51AM – Tactical officer reports a fight breaking out at Belmont and Sheffield. According to a witness, officers were preparing to arrest at least one offender when…

1:52AM – Man shot a half-block south of the previous incident. Officers abandon the fight and run toward the gunfire. Manhunt through area yards ensues. Case HX324654.

2:11AM – Another call of a person with a gun. Halsted and Belmont this time. Description of man very closely resembles the individual described in the 12:01AM “man with a gun” call at Halsted and Newport. Officers stop a suspect, search him, but find no weapon.

2:18AM – Battery. Woman says 4 girls beat up her friend at 3311 Halsted.

2:53AM – A stone’s throw from officers guarding the shooting crime scene at Belmont and Sheffield, a person is thoroughly beaten and robbed at 916 Belmont.

3:20AM – Man reports a guy just stole his friend’s wallet. That guy is still on the scene, but he’s armed with a Taser.

No furniture after 9 o’clock in this Subway restaurant. Wonder why?

3:29AM – Man reports his friend has just been beaten at Aldine and Dayton. Ambulance transports the man who suffers swelling, cuts, and bruises to his head. Case HX324695

3:31AM – At the no-furniture-after-9p.m.-Subway restaurant, 901 Belmont, 12 people are reported to be outside the store waiting for a customer to come out so they can beat him up.

3:53AM – Police meet with a robbery victim at 930 Belmont. He was beaten and robbed outside of the Subway restaurant at 901 Belmont about 15 minutes ago. It is not known if he is the guy the crowd of 12 people was waiting for.

4:51AM – Illinois Masonic Medical Center summons police for a battery victim. The woman says she was robbed and just wants to go home—but all of her stuff was in the book bag the offenders took. Officers get her on a train.

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