Parties after Pride Parade lead to fights, arrests

June 25, 2012 9:46:21 AM PDT
Several fights broke out after a record number of people attended the Pride Parade in the Lakeview area this past weekend.

A Chicago police officers was hurt in one ofthe incidents. ABC7 is told the officer's hand was sliced open while he was making an arrests in one the fights near the area of the CTA Red Line Belmont stop.

That area was packed with people following Sunday's Pride Parade, and apparently, there were problems with people who didn't want the party to end.

Witness Mozs Black says he was riding his bike through the rowdy group.

"People getting beat up, some girl got her purse snatched, and some good guys chased after the guy and got him," he said.

Several fights were reported, in addition to one stabbing during which a 31-year-old male suffered multiple lacerations. He was listed in stable condition Monday.

When officers tried to question the stabbing suspect, they say there was a struggle, and the suspect smashed through a yogurt store's window. The glass, police say, sliced through an officer's hand. That officer was treated for a deep laceration and a cut finger. He was taken to Illinois Masonic hospital in good condition.

In all, 9 people were arrested in the area overnight.

"The Chicago PD came down the street issued orders over their bull horns, which were very difficult to interpret. So I asked one of the officers what is happening here, and he says you all need to leave," witness Dan Dodge said.

"It was like two, three fights out here; it was live," said Beauty Byrd, also a witness. " You know, with the drinking and everything."

Ald. Tom Tunney says, overall, the pride parade was peaceful. The new, extended route helped spread the swelling crowds, which reached a record 850,000 people this year.

"I believe they did as good a job as they possibly could given the amount of people. But that's what happens in this neighborhood, entertainment at night on Belmont. We're working very closely with (police) Superintendent McCarthy and our area commander to make sure that night and weekends we have extra protection here," Tunney said.

The Chicago Fire Department and paramedics received more than 100 calls, but most of them were for dehydration issues.


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