“Youths” were to blame for jumping on cars and robbing mobile phones—nothing is supposedly worth mentioning about those who rioted, beside their age.
Police say they are still looking for a motive for those who rioted. An alderman complains that the police weren’t warned.
Everything is said except that there’s a population in Chicago that vastly outnumbers the police and that the police aren’t all that willing to arrest. In the prominent media narrative, police are always looking for an excuse to arrest African Americans. So here when we have an incident involving a mob of them, suddenly their race disappears from view and all we hear about is their age.
CBS Chicago reports, “Mob Of Teens Allegedly Responsible For Water Tower Brawl Saturday Night.”
“They were running down the stairs. They were moving people, like pushing people out of the way, when they got to the turnstile, they just hopped over,” said the witness.
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As many as 150 youth hopped off at the Chicago red line stop. According to Alderman Hopkins, it caused major chaos between there and the Water Tower.
“They started immediately making a lot of noise, shouting and yelling, pushing pedestrians,” said Hopkins. “So clearly this was designed to frighten people and intimidate people.”
Hopkins says some of the young people stole cell phones and purses […].[…]
Chicago Police confirm only one arrest was made […].
Here’s some footage about the riot that broke out five years ago:
Once again, these are all “teenagers” or “teens.” There is no other demographic factor that you, as a reader of news, need to be aware of. Teens arrange large scale riots and crime sprees on social media.
The Chicago Tribune had a much longer story about the riot: “Teen accused of throwing liquid at Chicago police officer during weekend fighting on and near Mag Mile.” Despite many more words, nothing is said about the criminals other than that they were juveniles.
The summerlike temperatures over the weekend brought out a “flash mob” of teenagers who were seen running along the Magnificent Mile, jumping on cars and leading to the arrest of one teen accused of throwing a liquid on an officer, according to police and an alderman.
“Teenagers do have a tendency to get unruly and get uncontrolled; that happens every summer on the beaches … it happens in the school yards across the city,” said Ald. Brian Hopkins, 2nd. “But what did make this unique was the large numbers. This does appear to be intentionally planned with some forethought.”
The teens appear to have organized themselves on social media, Hopkins said. But unlike some other groups, Hopkins said the group did not target high-end retail shops. Officials are still trying to figure out the motive for the incident.
Hopkins, who once lived near Chicago and Michigan avenues, received calls from former neighbors and friends who reported that a large group of people ranging in age from 15 to 20 years old Saturday evening was scaring tourists and residents. Some teens were running up and down the sidewalks and some people reported seeing teens fighting and pushing people, Hopkins said.
There were “no serious injuries and no weapons recovered, but this was a group that was intent on creating chaos and mayhem,” he said.
At least one of the teens who was part of the crowd was arrested, Hopkins said. Just after 9 p.m. Saturday, a 16-year-old boy was involved in a dispute with a doorman at a building in the 100 block of East Chicago Avenue — a block off of Michigan Avenue, according to a news release from the Chicago Police Department. As officers approached the teen to break up the dispute, the teen threw a “liquid substance” at the officer’s face, police said.
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