Saturday, July 12, 2014

Clearing, Garfield Ridge Have More Police Than the East End of 8, CPD Sergeant Tells CAPS Meeting Audience

In addition to the July 5 shooting death near 63rd and Austin, a number of other matters were discussed at the CAPS Beat 812 meeting on Thursday, July 10.

** In an apparent response to those who claim that the lion's share of police resources in the
Eighth District are concentrated on the east end of the district, CPD Sergeant Thomas Taglioli appeared to say that the reverse is true. "You people [in the west end of 8] have more police out here than any other sector in this district," he said to the audience of several dozen. "On the [east] end of the district, [police are] going crazy, bouncing from job to job."

** Taglioli introduced two officers who are responsible for safety in all parks across the Eighth District. Several in the audience groaned when the officer explained that they have primary responsibility for all 28 or so parks in the district, stretching from Stars and Stripes on the far northwest to Hayes Park (83rd and Sacramento) on the far southeast. The officers urged patience, saying that sometimes they can be "as far away as 87th and Western" when called upon to respond to a concern in a park in Beat 812. They also fielded several questions relating to people drinking, grilling and playing loud music in parks. They urged citizens to call 911 with concerns, although one woman in the audience said she did that and a 911 call taker was dismissive and refused to dispatch a unit.


** An audience member who asked police to respond to rumors about shootings in Hale Park was told to wait by the CAPS Beat 812 facilitator, and that the rumors would be addressed later in the meeting. They were not.

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** Eighth District Court Advocates leader Barbara Ziegler said that there will be a districtwide celebration of Nation Night Out Against Crime, starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, August 5 at West Lawn Park, 65th and Keeler. Several hundred people are expected to attend, and activities will include a march around the park, food and refreshments, activities for children, raffles and a movie at dusk. Volunteers are needed in all capacities. To obtain more information, call the 13th Ward aldermanic office at (773) 581-1313.

** Members of the Clearing Night Force neighborhood watch organization announced that they will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, July 14 at the Clearing Branch Library, 6423 West 63rd Place, to discuss their plans for National Night Out Against Crime, an annual observance held in August. The group currently has a roster of about 25 members, and welcomes more. Those interested should simply show up at the meeting, members said.

** CPD Officer John Dattulo noted that the man who robbed the Subway sandwich shop at 6457 West 63rd Street at 11:49 p.m. Sunday, June 22 remains at large. Dattulo speculated that the offender may have a leg tattoo because one of his legs was covered with a bandanna, according to a witness. The CPD incident report describes the robber as a white man age 20-25, 5'6 and 120 pounds, light complexion, wearing a black Adidas baseball cap, a black t-shirt and black pants. His face was covered with a white bandanna. Dattulo urged everyone to keep their eyes open for the offender and report leads to police.

** The next CAPS Beat 812 meeting is set for 7 p.m. August 13 at the Clearing Branch Library. All residents of Beat 812, as well as local business owners, are encouraged to attend.
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