Huge brawl leaves migrant stabbed, cop injured as police declare emergency outside downtown Chicago shelter (Video)

Chicago police officers and bystanders are seen near Pritzker Park in the Loop during the police emergency on May 24, 2024. (Citizen App)

Chicago police declared a “10-1” police emergency in the Loop on Friday evening as two large groups of people clashed in Pritzker Park.

A migrant living at a nearby shelter was stabbed, a Chicago police officer suffered a broken finger, and at least three people were arrested in the melee.

It all began around 9:08 p.m. when a CPD unit posted outside the Standard Club migrant shelter asked for more cars. They said a large group broke up as they approached, and they saw someone wrapping their arm as if it had been injured. But nobody wanted to talk with them, and the crowd all returned to Plymouth Court, said one officer.

Just three minutes later, cops again called for more units, saying migrants were fighting inside Pritzker Park. An officer in the Central (1st) District police district’s surveillance room estimated that 70 to 80 people were involved.

Chicago police officers and bystanders are seen near Pritzker Park in the Loop during the police emergency on May 24, 2024. (Provided)

In a media statement, CPD said a 23-year-old man “was discovered on the sidewalk with a laceration to the left arm. The victim stated that he was in a large crowd and someone unknown attacked him with a knife before fleeing the scene.”

According to a source familiar with the incident, the injured man is a resident of the Standard Club shelter, 320 South Plymouth. Officers recovered a knife at the scene.

Surveillance officers reviewed video and said the injured man was brandishing a knife when he ran into the crowd and someone stabbed him.

Witnesses said groups of people clashed again at 10:16 p.m. It prompted the patrol unit assigned to the Standard Club shelter to declare a “10-1” police emergency. That’s a call used when CPD officers find themselves in life-or-death situations, and it can bring cops from across the city to the incident scene.

Here’s what it sounded like on the local CPD radio channel:

Audio via Broadcastify

A bystander recorded this footage as police were getting the crowd under control. Watch it here.

Video of the same area, recorded from above, showed police arresting at least three men next door to the migrant shelter.

A source told CWBChicago that one police officer suffered a broken finger while breaking up the crowds.

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