I don't think I've ever used "Wow" as a post title, but this is the local holy %#&! story of the week, maybe the month or the year:
A 95-year-old resident of a Park Forest senior living community who
was wielding a 12-inch blade and a cane was shocked with a Taser and
then hit by bean-bag rounds from police before later dying at a south
suburban hospital, according to authorities.
According to an e-mailed press release from Park Forest police,
officers were sent to 101 Main Street in Park Forest about 8:42 p.m. to
help a private ambulance company with a "combative" resident of the home
there. The Victory Centre of Park Forest, a supportive living community
for adults 65 and older according to its website, is at that address.
The resident of the faculty was being "involuntarily" committed for
medical treatment by staff at the Victory Centre, the release said.
When police arrived, the man
was threatening staff and paramedics with a metal cane and a 2-foot
metal shoehorn, the release said. Police demanded that he drop the cane
and shoehorn, but he did not comply and then picked up a "12-inch
butcher type kitchen knife."
Police continued to command the man to surrender and follow their
orders and eventually used a Taser on him. That failed to subdue him and
he continued to threaten others, the release said. Police then fired
bean bag rounds at the man to get him to drop the knife and surrender.
He did so and was taken into custody.
Three juvenile girls were in court today accused of robbing and punching two 14-year-old girls on Oak Street off Michigan Avenue Tuesday evening in the Gold Coast neighborhood, authorities said.
The victims, both of Chicago, were not injured but had their cell phones taken, according to authorities.
An out-of-state church bus clipped me today... took my driver's side mirror off and scratched the paint a little. His fault, passing me as I was waiting to make a right turn in a line of cars. Damage cost will be below my deductible. The driver didn't want to give me his info; he wanted to wait for a cop. CPD will not come to an accident scene when no one is injured and vehicles are drivable. I explained that in Illinois it's the law that drivers are required to provide each other with insurance cards and licenses, police or no police.
...Chicago police quickly panned the Guardian Angels' concerns as overblown. The department's crime data suggest strong-arm robberies, like the most recent high-profile one last weekend, have dropped sharply over the past couple of years, according to a Tribune analysis.
... here is where CompStat really shines. Reclassify the crimes from "Strong Arm Robbery" to "Theft from Person" and --tada!!!-- Instant drop in violent crime. You don't think they're doing it? How about those juveniles that got caught the other day? The one had another smart phone and was charged with "Theft of Lost/Mislaid Property" probably because no one could identify who committed the actual robbery.
I've seen more police in that area and the the police are keeping tabs on arrivals at the underground stations. Recently, there have been one or two cops watching the stops north of the river, but after bad weekends there can be as many as 6 with a mean-looking dog watching the turnstyles. Bet there will be extra watchers next weekend.