Outmanned cops struggled to tamp down ‘huge fight’ that broke out after Chicago Pride Fest in Boystown

“Boystown” banners hang along North Halsted Street.

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A man was arrested and an officer was injured early Monday after “a large fight” broke out in Boystown just hours after the Chicago Pride Fest wrapped up, police said.

Transmissions over police radio show that outmanned officers pleaded with dispatchers to send more squad cars to help break up the melee as they tried to quell the crowd. 

Later Monday, Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) said he was still in the process of getting details about the “police resources overnight” in his ward. But Tunney said he remains “very concerned” about a shortage of manpower in the Town Hall District with this weekend’s massive Chicago Pride Parade on the horizon.

Monday’s chaos started around 2:45 a.m., when an officer initially reported “a huge fight” at the intersection of Halsted and Rockwell streets that he later said consisted of “about 75 people going crazy.”

“Ask other districts to send cars here,” the officer said over police radio. “This is absolutely wild.”

A few minutes later, an emergency officer in distress call — known as a “10-1” — was broadcast over the radio as a dispatcher continued to divert squad cars to the area. A short time later, an officer told a dispatcher that no one had been hurt, and responding officers were then told to “slow down” on their way to the scene. 

But shortly before 3 a.m., another distress call was made when an officer was injured at the intersection of Halsted and Buckingham Place. 

“We need more [police officers] here,” one cop said over the radio, prompting the dispatcher to again call for more backup from other …read more

Source:: Chicago Sun Times

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