25 arrested during Chicago Pride Parade festivities: police

People ride and dance on top of cars near Belmont and Sheffield after the 2023 Pride Parade. | Citizen

Chicago police say they arrested 25 people in connection with the 2023 Pride Parade and its unofficial “afterparty,” which stretched into the overnight hours on Monday. That number is in line with other recent parade totals.

A Chicago police spokesperson said four juveniles were among those arrested: one for aggravated battery to a police officer, two for resisting arrest, and one for reckless conduct.

Cops arrested three adults for aggravated battery to a peace officer, a felony. The arrestees did not appear for a bond hearing on Monday, so they will likely be in court on Tuesday afternoon.

Seven adults were arrested for reckless conduct, six for misdemeanor battery, two for criminal damage to property, and one was taken in on a warrant, according to the CPD spokesperson.

Two adults were charged with unlawful use of a weapon.

One of the people charged with illegal gun possession is William Bond, 29, a concealed carry license holder. Prosecutors said cops on foot patrol near the intersection of Halsted and Aldine saw the handle of a firearm sticking out of Bond’s pants pocket around 9:40 p.m. Sunday.

The weapon was unholstered, loaded, and “immediately accessible to the defendant and the rest of the public,” Assistant State’s Attorney Jim Papa said during Bond’s bail hearing. He’s charged with a misdemeanor violation of the concealed carry act. Judge Kelly McCarthy ordered him to pay a $50 bail deposit.

Also appearing in misdemeanor bond court was Ahmari Baldwin, 21. Papa said she threw a glass bottle that shattered near officers who were trying to disperse a “large and unruly crowd” near Belmont and Sheffield around 2:30 a.m. Monday. No injuries were reported.

She is held in lieu of a $100 bail deposit on a charge of reckless conduct. Judge McCarthy also held her on two outstanding warrants.

A 16-year-old boy and 21-year-old Dominique Ray were also charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct in connection with the same incident. Ray bonded out of the police station without making a court appearance.

Video shared on the Citizen app showed police making at least one arrest after someone unleashed pepper spray during a fight in the 800 block of West Belmont:

Other videos posted to the app showed people twerking on moving cars, a tow truck, and in front of an ambulance that had its lights and sirens activated:

Here’s a look at how recent Pride Parade arrest totals and the parade’s running time compare:

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