Demonstrators arrested at City Hall

11/07/2012 10:00 PM

Mike Ulreich

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Police arrested 10 people when they refused to leave the fifth floor of City Hall during a demonstration against the Chicago Public School system on Friday, Nov. 2.

Some 30 to 40 protestors were outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office on the fifth floor of City Hall, at 121 N. LaSalle Street, beginning at 3:55 p.m. Nov. 2. Police said they were demonstrating in favor of “city-wide equality” in the public schools and were seeking the attention of the mayor.

At one point, police said, the mayor’s deputy chief of staff Lisa Schrader, came out to speak to the group. The demonstrators were allowed to stay until 10 p.m. but then were given a verbal warning that the building was closing and if they didn’t leave, they were subject to arrest for trespassing.

Ten protesters ignored the warnings and remained at 10:10 p.m., police said. They were each given individual warnings, police said, at 10:12, 10:21 and 10:27 before they were arrested.

Seattle man robbed on Red Line


A 22-year-old Seattle man was punched and robbed while riding the Red Line Saturday, Nov. 3. Police said the victim was approached by three men as the train traveled at around 130 S. State St. at 9:30 p.m. Nov. 3 and a man wearing dreadlocks punched him in the head and a second man took the iPhone from his hand.

The three men then exited at Monroe Street. Police said the victim walked to 69 W. Washington St. where he contacted police. He later refused medical attention.

Thieves take break to smoke dope during robbery


A 51-year-old man from Matteson reported to police that his ex-girlfriend and some other men took him from the parking lot of the Jewel Food store at 1224 S. Wabash Ave., at 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, Nov. 3, robbed him of $370, smoked heroin and crack with him and then dropped him off at 11 p.m. that night on the South Side before beating him. The man told police his ex-girlfriend, a 41-year-old West Side resident, asked him to go with her in the car and go for a ride. Once in the car, she displayed a gun and they drove him to the West Side, where they robbed him of $370 and then smoked drugs.

Twelve hours later, they drove him to the 5100 block of South Lake Park Avenue, where they threw him out of the car and beat him. Police said they gave the man information on domestic violence and informed him how to obtain an order of protection. No arrests were made as of Nov. 6.

Thief pulls gun on security guard


A woman trying to steal 10 purses from a TJ Maxx store at 11 N. State St. Sunday, Nov. 4, pulled a gun on a security guard chasing her out of the store.

Police said the woman entered the store at around 1:30 p.m. Nov. 4 and selected six purses worth over $1,000 and then left the store without paying. When a security guard tried to detain her, she pulled a handgun from her pocket and pointed it at the guard.

The guard was able to recover four of the purses, police said, before the woman ran up the Wabash Avenue section of the Loop and escaped. Police said the woman appeared to be accompanied by a 35-year-man and 16-year-old girl. She was described as 5-foot-6 and 190 pounds and between the ages of 35 and 40.

Man beaten for being on the “wrong block”


A 19-year-old man on the way to his girlfriend’s house in the 2700 block of South State Street Sunday, Nov. 4 was set upon by five to six men who told him he was “on the wrong block.” The man told police he was walking in the 2800 block of South State Street at 9:30 p.m. Nov. 4 when the men confronted him and started to beat him. Police said he proceeded to his girlfriend’s house sporting a swollen lip.

This summary contains information taken from the crime reports and arrest records from the 1st District of the Chicago Police Department. Anyone named has only been charged with a crime. The cases have not yet been adjudicated.

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