A 27-year-old woman said she was returning home with her mother Saturday night on the Red Line after a dim sum dinner when a group of girls got on the train at the Monroe station and appeared to want to pick a fight.
“This girl started blowing smoke in my face, and she flicked her cigarette ashes at me,” said the woman, who asked not to be identified. “I said: ‘You need to put that out,’ and the next thing I know there’s all these girls that jumped on top of us.”
They began punching her face and then went for her hair. She believes their attackers had knives or box cutters and padlocks possibly placed inside socks.
“I put my head down between my legs so they would stop beating me in the face, but they were trying to pull my face up and hit me more,” she said. “They ripped out chunks of my hair, and I’ve got a black eye and bruises on my face, and all over my back and shoulder.”
The 11 teenagers arrested in that incident at the CTA’s State/Lake station in the Loop about 6:35 p.m. were among a total of 28 people arrested downtown Saturday night for disturbances that ranged from bumping into passers-by on sidewalks to the attack on the CTA train, authorities said.
If these idiots in Chicago want to see tourism evaporate, just keep sticking your heads in the sand.
At one point there were more than 150 teenagers moving down Michigan Avenue and side streets causing the disturbances.
By the time the fight was broken up, 15 juveniles and two adults were arrested, police said.
All were charged with one count of misdemeanor reckless conduct, police said.
It was the first warm night in a while and police believe that could have played a role in why so many teens gathered on Michigan Avenue. A mob-style environment developed and police were forced to shut down streets near Chicago and Wabash.
Aside from the group fighting amongst themselves, there were no additional assaults, robberies or reports of property damage, police said.
In the words of one police officer at the scene, “It’s the same thing we saw last summer; mobs of young people causing problems.”
Mobs of young people? Call them what they are — animals. Meanwhile, two people were murdered and 23 wounded in gun violence this past weekend. Keep reminding us why law-abiding gun owners should be disarmed, OK?