Good news: The Cubs advance to the World Series and the Chicago Police Department says they only arrested six people. (We’ve tracked seven. Whatevs.)
Bad news: Many more arrests would have been made, but police were unable to transport detainees from within the massive crowd.
Most serious incidents: man pistol-whipped, gun recovered, taxi driver robbed, and shots fired.
Now, by tepid demand, our highlights of last night’s Chicago Police Department radio traffic:
This is insane. Fan climbs a traffic pole, crowd counts down, he jumps @chicagotribune pic.twitter.com/9Nr2SOvkhX
— Marwa Eltagouri (@marwaeltagouri) October 23, 2016
4:56PM — Arrest #1 of the night — man detained for selling fake tickets at Sheffield and Addison.
5:04PM — Deputy Chief: “If we lose tonight, we gotta talk about starting earlier tomorrow.”
5:14PM — Arrest #2 at Sheffield and Addison.
7:42PM — “Large, mortar-type fireworks” being set off a block east of the stadium.
9:09PM — Drone over left field. “Let’s identify the operator. Let’s get that drone down first, then take him into custody and take the drone with him.” Neither the drone nor the operator is arrested.
9:30PM — Battery arrest at Clark and Cornelia. #3 of the night.
9:32PM — The 19th police district, which includes Wrigley Field, goes into “RAP” status. That means no officers are immediately available to handle incoming 911 calls. The district remains in RAP status at the time of this post.
9:45PM — “Tell them to move that SWAT vehicle off of Addison!”
|Get SWAT off of Addison….and get Addison off of SWAT | @OGPOPUNK on Twitter|
9:46PM — Dispatcher: “And this game’s over. 2146 hours. 22 October 2016”
9:53PM — “The visiting team is requesting a police escort for the visiting team buses, but I believe that due to the crowds, that is not going to be able to happen.”
10:00PM — They just broke the windows out of a squad car at Clark and Grace.
10:01PM — The caller says a mob of 100 people is coming at them in the alley. 1100 West Patterson.
10:03PM — “I need every available officer and team to come up here. We need to gain control of Clark and Addison.”
10:03PM — “OK. Just so you know, we pretty much lost control of [Sheffield and Waveland].”
10:05PM — “We lost Newport and Clark.”
10:07PM — It seems that the barricades have been compromised.
10:10PM — Dispatcher: “This says ‘climbing the light poles and breaking the newsstands.’ That’s all we got.”
10:11PM — “Is Waveland looking OK?”
“Waveland is not clear whatsoever. The crowd has not come out of the ball park. The streets are full and they just took down a stop sign, so no, it’s not.”
10:27PM — We got people climbing the pod surveillance cameras. 3531 N. Clark. (VIDEO)
10:34PM — They’re trying to disassemble the pod surveillance cameras. 3531 N. Clark.
10:50PM — “The caller wants police to know he got punched in the nose by a man in a red Acura. He doesn’t want the police or EMS. He just wants you to know.”
11:04PM — “Get doze gize off da pod camera!”
|Doze gize on da pahd camera | Video grab via the1stmikec|
11:05PM — Arrest #4 at Taco Bell.
11:14PM — Sportsworld is holding four shoplifting offenders. Unfortunately, the police cannot get to Sportsworld to transport the arrestees.
|Dat burrito Mexico place|
11:22PM — “Emergency! Big fight! We’re gonna need some units. 900 Addison!” “It’s that burrito Mexico place!”
11:28PM — The four guys being detained at Sportsworld have become aggressive.
11:29PM — A man with a large head wound just dropped a gun in the alley and ran away. 1200 Addison.
11:32PM — “I’m here right now, there is blood and a weapon.”
11:39PM — Ambulance is called for the man who was pistol-whipped in an alley on Addison. He “has a gash across his head” and appears to be a crime victim, not the owner of the gun.
11:33PM — Command post: “We have eyes on four Black Lives Matter people walking northbound on Clark and Addison.”
Deputy Chief: “Well, they’re allowed to. They’re gonna be moved like everybody else.”
11:39PM — Traffic aide reports a man being beaten up by several men at Clark and Grace.
11:45PM — The man who was beaten up by several men has now been run over by a car.
11:43PM — “Oh, hey. Did those Dodgers buses get outta here?” “Yes. They have left, sir.”
11:55PM — People are stealing and causing disturbances inside the CVS Pharmacy. 3637 North Southport.
12:07AM — “Do you have a unit [available to help with an arrest] at Taco Bell?”
“We don’t have anybody available, but I know they can’t navigate the crowd. We got four being held at Sportsworld and people stealing from the CVS, so…”
|Criminals get a pass if the police can’t get to ’em. | Chicago Police Department|
12:10AM — Sportsworld says that Clark Street is clear, so maybe we can pick up their four shoplifting offenders now?
12:42AM — At 3500 North Sheffield, one guy’s playing the drums and four others are throwing beer cans and punches at people as they walk past.
12:43AM — George says the parking lot attendant gave his car keys to an unknown person and now George’s car is gone. Clark and Waveland.
1:30AM — “[Sigh]. This [drunk] woman probably needs a bus, but her friends are asking for an ambulance.”
2:21AM — It’s a man with a knife in a stand-off with a man who does not have a knife at Bacci Pizza. 950 West Addison.
2:34AM — Arrest #5 at the Addison Red Line station.
2:55AM — “Caller says 25,000 people are standing outside of Lucky” sandwich shop. 3472 North Clark.
2:55AM — Arrest #6 and #7 at Clark and Addison.
3:35AM — “Take a ride with EMS…Caller says a male is face down in a puddle of water in the alley. The caller isn’t sure if he’s breathing or not, but will wait so the man does not get robbed.”
3:37AM — Taxi driver robbed in the 400 block of West Belmont. They punched him in the face and took his money and cell phone. White man with a 5’3”-tall Asian woman. Unit: “Any clothing description on the offenders?” Officer: “Cubs stuff.”
3:56AM — Shots fired behind Redmond’s Ale House, 3358 N. Sheffield. They saw a tall white male shooting from a Chevy Malibu.
9:03AM — A guy who lives across the street from Redmond’s Ale House woke up and found a bullet lodged in his apartment wall.
11:35AM — Caller says they just found shell casings behind Redmond’s Ale House. “Oh. That’s probably the other part of the bullet I recovered earlier…”
And here are some other highlights from earlier post-season play:
October 8, Game 2 vs. San Francisco Giants
11:25PM — “Drunk people have commandeered construction equipment and are operating in the rear.” Newport and Clark.
1:25AM — “Intoxicated male white, heavy-set, long brown hair. He cannot walk and his friends are dragging him down the street.
October 15, Game 5 vs. LA Dodgers
3:55PM — “There’s a plane hauling a Lumber Liquidators banner over Wrigley Field. We have a [temporary flight restriction and] that plane’s not approved. Call the FAA.”
4:34PM — Call of counterfeit tickets being sold at 3500 North Clark.
4:44PM — The temporary flight restrictions are only in effect between 1 hour before and 1 hour after the game. Lumber Liquidators is all good.
6:40PM — More fake tickets being sold. 3400 N. Clark.
8:36PM — Even more fake tickets sold. There’s a description this time; Black male, scruffy beard, 44 years old, 6-feet tall, 260 pounds, black hat, braided hair, and black jacket with gold lettering. And he’s probably laughing his ass off. (We made that last part up.) The victim is sent to the 19th district station to file a report.
9:50PM — Two more victims of fake ticket sales. Sheffield and Addison.
9:54PM — Seven people are beating up the bouncer at L&L Tavern.
10:40PM — Man arrested for “waving a switchblade in the air with several hundred Cubs fans around…causing them to fear for their safety.” 3700 N. Sheffield
11:46PM — Traffic aide reports a man in his 20’s is taking off his clothes in the intersection of Clark and Sheffield.
October 16, Game 2 vs. LA Dodgers
4:40PM — Deputy Chief: “That plane is overhead again. What’s the window? 2 hours? They were warned yesterday. We need to have them written.”
Command Center: “It’s one hour before and one hour after.”
Deputy Chief: “Oh. Well. I still think we’re OK to call and have them removed.”
Command Center: “Yes, sir. Right away.”
8:15PM — Daniel says a man just sold him fake Cubs tickets at Belmont and Clark. The man is wearing a brown coat. Daniel is wearing a blue Cubs shirt.