A teenager was charged with aggravated battery after allegedly pushing a Chicago Police officer to the ground as the officer was trying to break up a fight involving several teenagers at a North Side fast-food restaurant Monday afternoon.
The male teen was charged with aggravated battery, according to a Town Hall police District captain early Tuesday. The teen charged is apparently a senior at a South Side high school.
A Town Hall police officer was injured while responding to a fight involving some kids about 4:15 p.m., according to a Town Hall District lieutenant. The incident started at Uplift Community High School, located at 900 West Wilson Avenue, and moved down the street to the Popeyes restaurant located at the 4600 block of North Broadway.
A group of students from the school got into an altercation and one teen sprayed pepper spray at another teen. An officer who was responding to the large fight at a restaurant was breaking it up when a male teen grabbed the officer’s vest and pushed him to the ground, the lieutenant said.
Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford said the officer was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center from the incident with a possible broken hand. The lieutenant said "he [the officer] is OK, it is just a sprain."
Paramedics also responded to reports of someone suffering an asthma attack at the time of the incident, but Langford did not know if the asthma victim was involved in the fight.
Another fight broke out involving some kids on Noth Broadway at the CTA station, according to the lieutenant. Police are investigating if the two fights are related.CTA spokeswoman Catherine Hosinski said about 4:15 p.m. power was shut off to all the tracks between Wilson Avenue and Addison Street for an unauthorized person on the tracks at the request of Chicago Police. The power was restored after about 9 minutes.
Updated: More info from the Chi-Town Daily News:
A melee at the Wilson CTA Red Line in Uptown this afternoon ended with at least two people injured and one person arrested, police said.
Officers responded to a report at 4:20 p.m. of a disturbance outside the Popeye's Chicken at the corner of Wilson and Broadway.
At least 50 teenagers were fighting, according to Lt. Michael O' Brien.
After police dispersed the teenagers, a group proceeded to the El platform at 4620 N. Broadway, where they resumed fighting.
At that point, at least 20 back-up units arrived to subdue the crowd.
One police officer and one girl were transported to hospitals. There is no word on their condition.
One 18-year-old was arrested as a result of the disturbance, said O' Brien.
A northbound El train was delayed due to the incident.