500 black teens riot in Chicago

Mar 31, 2013 by

(CBS) — Chicago police made several arrests Saturday evening following another “wilding” scene instigated by young people along the Magnificent Mile.

Photographers shot chaotic video of police officers and vehicles swarming Michigan Avenue near Huron and detaining several young people around 7:30 p.m. Some of the disturbance leaked onto Chicago Avenue near State Street on a relatively warm night with temperatures in the 50s.
Chicago Police News Affairs released a statement overnight saying officers made 17 arrests — of 15 juveniles and two adults — for misdemeanor reckless conduct. The department said the disturbance was caused by “a number of kids fighting among themselves” and there were no reports of assaults, robberies or property damage. Police identified the adults as: 19-year-old Bobby Rhodes of the 1100 block of North Cambridge Avenue, and 18-year-old Marquell Hicks of the 3200 block of West Diversey. Witnesses say pedestrians were bumped as they walked down the sidewalk some time after 7 in the evening. But community activist Andrew Holmes, who happened to be shopping with a relative in the upscale retail district, described a scene in which hundreds of young people misbehaved, with some of them harassing and attacking people on the street.

“They assaulted a Chicago police officer who was on a mounted horse. And all of a sudden, they assaulted the citizens walking the streets – just normal citizens shopping, enjoying the weather,” Holmes told CBS 2’s Chris Martinez. “I caution those parents if their child has been arrested … You need to think about your child. Just don’t say the Chicago police picked on your child, when we watched all the assault going on, especially by teen women.”

A little bit earlier, police say, a group attacked two women on a CTA train around State and Lake.

Eleven people are charged with misdemeanor battery – 10 juveniles and 1 adult.

Police say the adult charged is 18-year-old Stephanie Hosch of the 1300 block of North Central Avenue.

Police Spokesman Officer Amina Greer says all 11 charged are female.

Police say two of the juveniles are charged with strong-arm robbery.

Chicago’s Michigan Avenue and nearby retail strips were beset by numerous wilding, or “youth mob,” episodes the past two summers.

The phenomenon continues in Chicago and its suburbs. In February, a disturbance broke out at Ford City Mall after a meet-and-greet appearance by the boy band Mindless Behavior. A mall official blamed groups of “older youths” and said it had nothing to do with the event.

via Chicago Police Swarm Mag Mile ‘Wilding’ Scene, Make 28 Arrests « CBS Chicago.

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