Sunday, July 13, 2014

Montrose Beach Closed By Police Order

Twitter picture courtesy of dj_OM8

A lot of chaos going on at Montrose Beach starting around 8pm. It's very unclear exactly what's happening, but a huge number of police, including tactical teams, were called to the scene and the park was closed by police order. Unconfirmed evidence is that a party got out of control, and when the police came to break it up, bottles and bats started being thrown at the responding officers. The Inner Drive has been closed between Wilson and Montrose, and police emptied and closed off Montrose Harbor Drive as well. There is a helicopter circling. Bad scene all around. Please check UU's Facebook page for more.  We're trying to figure it out along with everyone else.

Update: The Chicago Sun-Times has posted an article with more details, confirming that a police officer was struck in the head with a bottle:

"A fight at a North Side beach put a Chicago Police officer in the [hospital] Sunday night.
Police responded to the fight at Montrose Beach in the 4400 block of North Simonds Drive about 7:37 p.m., said Ana Pacheco, a police spokeswoman.

While police tried to break up the fight, someone threw a bottle and struck the officer, according to police and fire officials. The officer was taken to Weiss Memorial Hospital in good condition, according to a fire department spokesman.

One arrest was made, police said."

Update:  From the Chicago Tribune:

"A Chicago police officer was taken to Weiss Memorial Hospital after a large group of people began throwing bottles at police, officials said. According to Fire Department officials, the officer was in good condition and was hospitalized shortly before 8 p.m.

The officer was treated and released from the hospital and one person was taken into custody for the incident, police said.

The incident happened on the 4400 block of North Simonds Drive between Montrose and Wilson Beach in the Uptown neighborhood and police were called from various districts to disperse the large crowd, officials said."

1 comment:

  1. There has been a gang shrine at Montrose Harbor facing the lake for a month now. Graffiti all over the side walk, clothes and candle surrounding the tree. I called the alderman's office three weeks ago. They said they would look into it but it is still there.