Monday, January 11, 2010

Hate Crime On The Red Line

A Rogers Park resident was beaten up on the Red Line this weekend by three men who are alleged to have called him anti-gay names while the beating occurred.  The incident started around the Wilson stop, and the three men exited at Argyle, where they were arrested.  Read about it in the Tribune and Sun-Times.  Several UU readers have written to us saying they know the victim, so this story hits close to home on many levels.


  1. Witness.

    Cops got em.

    Say hello to the Criminal Justice system eejits.

  2. Best wishes for a speedy recovery, both physically and emotionally. How horrible.

    A word of advice....when faced with a situation like this, the best thing you can do is discretely call 911 and give them the number of the el car you are riding and which direction you are traveling. I would probably done the same thing as the victim, try to intervene. However, based on past experience, I would recommend not putting yourself at risk and leave it up to law enforcement officials.

    Good news that the perps were caught.

  3. Well, so much for the "funny human interest story" about the pantsless travelers on the Red Line on Sunday afternoon. That's what I thought this thread was going to be about.

  4. A couple of comments about this story after I express my sympathy for the victim of this incident.

    Firstly, is it a hate crime if the punks merely make hateful or ignorant comments during the commission of the act versus targeting the individual on the basis of race or sexual orientation? Not trying to excuse the conduct, the severity or the impact, but I'm guessing it was an assault based on circumstances rather than hatred.

    Secondly, one of the great things about public transportation in 'world class' cities is its availability to all classes of people at all hours of the day. If the attitude persists that the CTA should only be used during rush hours as a commuter service, service cuts and safety issues will be exacerbated.

    Wonder if Chicago will ever be a World Class city?