On Monday evening, Chicago was rocked by a massive and chaotic event that left properties damaged and businesses closed.
Hundreds of teenagers swarmed the Lakeview neighborhood, terrorizing residents and businesses. The takeover started when the teenagers poured out of the Belmont Red Line stop on the Chicago “L” train at about 10 p.m., jumping on cars, breaking glass, throwing things, and even dancing on top of cars while drinking in the streets.
Witnesses reported hearing gunshots during the night as well.
“It has been very chaotic and as somebody who’s lived in Lakeview for honestly the past three years, it’s very scary to see how things have changed over time,” said Rohen.
Residents were understandably frightened by this scene, with one witness claiming they called police but were told there was nothing they could do due to being overwhelmed with calls.
One restaurant owner had to close up shop immediately after seeing what was happening outside their business, while other witnesses noticed vandalism to their cars including broken windows and large dents.
Law enforcement officials scrambled to respond to this event; however only two people were arrested: one 15-year-old girl who was charged with obstructing traffic and aggravated assault of a first responder.
In light of this incident, 44th Ward Alderman Bennett Lawson has stated he will be meeting with 19th district police officers as well as CTA representatives in order to discuss what took place.
“I will be meeting with the 19th district police, CTA, and others to discuss what took place and identify ways we can prevent it from occurring moving forward,” said 44th Ward Alderman Bennett Lawson. “As well as continue conversations with my colleagues on city council about how we can keep our youth from participating in these disruptive actions ”
Cities across America are experiencing similar chaos in their neighborhoods, and only time will tell if officials will actually stand up and do something about it.