(DailyDig.com) – Chicago police were sent to the Lakeview district on the evening of Monday, June 26, as hundreds of adolescents ran amok, vandalizing automobiles, harassing businesses, and physically attacking individuals. The city had just experienced its coldest winter weather in years.
At about 10:00 p.m., a large group of adolescents exited the ‘Belmont Red Line’ station on the Chicago ‘L’ and began their takeover. Teens can be seen drinking and dancing on automobiles in the video footage of the event.
A witness reportedly saw them shattering windows, hurling objects, and leaping on automobiles. Some individuals utilized her car as a ba, the witness aid, and claimed she phoned the police but was given disturbing information in response. The police informed her that that no action could be takenas there were just too many incoming calls for them to handle.
After seeing the youngsters’ anarchy, a particular dining establishment owner claimed they made the decision to close down. They kept vigil all night to make sure the store was not vandalized.
Residents reported finding damaged windows and major damage in their vehicles as a result of vandalism.
Grace Rohen, a local, reported hearing gunshots throughout the night and feeling afraid. As someone who has resided in Lakeview for the last three years, she can attest that the recent instability has been terrifying.
On Tuesday, a local official who was helping with cleanup published a statement thanking everyone involved. Bennett Lawson, alderman for Chicago’s 44th ward, has said he will convene the CTA, the 19th district law enforcement, and other groups to review what happened and find methods to prevent it from happening again. He’ll also keep talking to his city council colleagues about ways to deter young people from taking part in such unruly behavior.
Two people were detained even though hundreds of adolescents took part in the takeover. A girl of fifteen was one of the two people taken into custody; she was charged with aggravated battery of an emergency responder and impeding traffic.
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