Chicago (CBS) -The coming long and hot summer hasn’t officially started yet and we’re already experiencing turmoil on the streets.
Near North Avenue Beach on Wednesday night, Large crowd I climbed the Chicago Transit Authority bus and later saw it flocking to a gas station.
It wondered what the police did to try to stop it all. Jackie Kostek of CBS2 told the detective about a rather surprising strategy.
Detectives who didn’t want to be identified have been in this department for over 15 years. He says there is no real strategy coming from above when it comes to dealing with as many people as Wednesday night.
The detective said that when he saw a person with a gun, a policeman would intervene, but otherwise he could do nothing but stand there and wake it up.
A video posted on social media shows a large crowd on North Avenue Beach on Wednesday evening. Some people are on the CTA bus while the group surrounds the CTA bus.
A longtime CPD detective said police were patrolling on social media and knew of leaflets promoting the takeover of North Avenue Beach. Still, he said that the reaction of CPD is often reactive.
The detective said the group could already be out of control by the time more police resources were sent. On Wednesday night, beach crowds spilled west on North Avenue and flowed into the streets of the Old Town. We gathered outside the shell gas stations on North Avenue and LaSalle Boulevard and climbed onto the car.
I received a guidance on the police radio saying, “Anyone who jumps into a car will be arrested. Anyone who jumps into a car will be arrested.”
However, the Chicago Police Department confirmed that only one was arrested, even though the dispatcher sent radio to police officers several times about the arrest. Eighteen-year-old Tremaine Patterson was charged with misdemeanor reckless acts for fighting and ignoring officers’ verbal orders.
When I asked the police if the gun was recovered, it said that there was no information.
The detective said there may be some direction among officers on how to treat the crowd at this time, but there is no clear message coming from above. He asked the Chicago Police Department if there were any plans for how to deal with the crowd last night and what the police could do in this situation. I couldn’t answer those questions.
Detectives say they believe this Standback Andlet It Happen approach stems from previous Sapt pushbacks. Eddie Johnson got his strategy of directing the crowd to trains and buses.
CPD detectives say police can’t do much about chaotic crowds, but they stop and make things happen.
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