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Chicago News Roundup for Tuesday, July 10, 2007


3 Chicago men charged in beating of homeless man

Authorities in Chicago have filed charges against three men accused of beating a homeless man with a heavy chain and a metal sign as they left a downtown bar. The homeless man is now stable condition after the attack around 11 p.m. Sunday night under an el stop at Wabash and Randolph.

A passerby reported the broad daylight assault on Johnson, but experts on homelessness say most attacks on street people never make the police blotter.

Our police supposed to respond to crime if they don’t know that it’s happening? If you see or are a victim of a crime then report it.
[via ABC7Chicago.com]

NBA player robbed in Chicago

NBA star Antoine Walker was the victim of a robbery at his River North residence Monday evening, his Chicago-based agent Mark Bartelstein confirmed.

The masked robbers stole cash, jewelry and a vehicle about 6:30 p.m.

It was the second time Walker has been the victim of a robbery. He was robbed of a $50,000 watch at gunpoint while sitting in a car on the South Side during the summer of 2000.

[via Chicago Sun-Times]

Eye on the City: Do Cameras Reduce Crime?

Other cities, including Chicago and Los Angeles, have expanded their use of public surveillance cameras and tout the effectiveness of the technology. Some of these cameras, which can cost up to $60,000 each, have night-vision capabilities and can be remotely controlled to pan, tilt, zoom and rotate.

Over the last few years, the Chicago Police Department has set up more than 500 cameras throughout the city. And the CPD claims that the web of surveillance has been an important crime-fighting tool, resulting in more than 1,200 arrests since February 2006.

“Our preliminary research shows that they are effective, especially left in places for over 180 days,” said Jonathan Lewin, the CPD’s commander of information services. “Once it’s in, it’s hard to move because the community loves it. If they don’t see the camera there one day, we get calls.”

$60,000 is more than the $11,000 that I heard the other cameras cost. I wonder what the differences.
[via ABC News]

4 Hurt When Car Hits Chicago Restaurant

CHICAGO — A van veered off a downtown street and slammed into a restaurant Monday, injuring four people, two critically, authorities said.

The driver suddenly veered onto the sidewalk around 9:30 a.m., hitting a pedestrian and striking the Cosi restaurant, Chicago Police spokesman John Henry said. A witness said the driver appeared to have been trying to avoid another vehicle.

Unfortunately, the article doesn’t say which Cosi this occurred at as there are several around downtown.

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