Another raucous group of teens went to the streets of downtown Chicago on Saturday night, and police responded by sending out a large contingent. According to local accounts and footage shared on social media, hundreds of young people traveled to Millennium Park, which is home to Chicago’s renowned Cloud Gate “Bean” sculpture, shattering car windows and leaping on moving automobiles.
FOX 32 In the park, according to Chicago reports, police assisted in escorting tourists and other people to their vehicles. However, a man was beaten after adolescents leapt on his car’s windshield. For medical attention, the sufferer was transferred to a hospital.
As bullets were being fired near the intersection of Madison and Michigan Avenue, the same news station said that it even opted not to retain its team on the spot. According to the police, two youths, 16 and 17, were shot at approximately 9 p.m.
During a conversation with FOX 32, a resident of Chicago cited “bad parenting” as the cause of the disorderly evening. Where are the children’s parents? That’s my query, the woman stated.
A 14-year-old kid was shot in the thigh during a similar gathering on Friday night at 31st Street Beach, which resulted in his hospitalization. According to ABC station WLS, police detained a 17-year-old who was charged in connection with that incident.
After the gathering on Friday night, Chicago police said in a statement that it “continually monitors and adjusts resources as necessary so residents and visitors can safely enjoy the city, including our beaches and lakefront area.”
“Last night, CPD monitored activity happening across the city, and officers were in place to quickly respond to active incidents and large gatherings,” the statement said. As we try to improve safety in every community, we will still have enough resources available.
CBS Chicago reported that on Wednesday, some 150 youths gathered in the same park for the first “large group” incident of the season as warmer weather and springtime arrived.
These gatherings apparently start with invites that circulate on social media, and they also happened the year before.
Chicago established regulations this spring requiring that children under the age of 18 to be accompanied by an adult to enter Millennium Park in the evenings after 6 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays in an effort to crack down on these disorderly gatherings.