Chicago Police Swarm Loop As Youths Cause Disturbances

Bernie Tafoya
April 17, 2019 - 10:33 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Dozens of Chicago police officers swarmed the Loop on Wednesday evening as groups of young people caused a series of disturbances.

Roaming bands of teenagers caused chaos from downtown to North Michigan Avenue and more than 30 of them were arrested. 

Chicago Police Chief of Patrol Fred Waller said at least 500 young people were running wild through downtown and the Near North Side on Wednesday night, in groups of 50 to 100. Some of them were causing trouble.

"A lot of lawlessness, running around, doing things they shouldn't, snatching phones," he said.

Many of the teens heaped abusive language at Chicago Police officers, but Waller said the police maintained their professionalism and tried to keep the peace amid the chaos.

“They worked their butt off all night long, and they’re so tolerant of these kids who are just so disrespectful, cursing at them, saying the things they say,” Waller said.

Offenses ranged from fighting to thefts of cell phones.

Chicago Police Chief of Patrol Fred Waller's message to young people this summer: "Chicago is a beautiful city. Come down, enjoy the city, but don't come down here and just become reckless and start looting stores and those types of things. We are not going to have that."