Texting and Congregating: Daley and Top Cop Weis Blame Texting Suburbanites for Beach Disturbances

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley said in a statement from City call that suburban youths are sending each other text messages to meet up and drink on city beaches.

“We know there’s texting going on, something going on in the suburban area with a lot of young adults, we know that … They text people, where people are going in congregation. So you make a number of arrests, a number of arrests were both city and suburban. We had a lot of suburban people arrested.”
— Mayor Richard Daley

Texting suburbanites are the target of criticism for beach disturbances from City Hall today as Mayor Richard Daley and police Superintendent Jody Weis vowed to keep Chicago beaches safe this summer.

Chicago police officers will increase patrols and the department brass will consider surveillance cameras following a public disturbance that resulted in the arrests of 22 young people recently near North Avenue Beach.

Recently …

Monday: Six Chicago teens were arrested (charged with battery to police, resisting arrest and battery) after an attack on an 18-year-old Barrington woman.

Monday, a 19-year-old Chicago jogger approached a group of teens as he passed them in a tunnel, and called out “on your left” for safe passage. The jogger was punched in the head several times. No known arrests.

Tuesday: Gang-related near North Avenue and Fullerton Avenue near the lakefront.

According to Superintendent Jody Weis, out of 22 recent arrests, 14 people were from the suburbs.

Daley recently pushed the City Council to more than double the number of liquor licenses near the lakefront. Most of the new licenses are not in effect yet.