How the City Works
If this was a video of, oh, lets just say a 250 pound police officer beating a 120 pound bartender. Or an Area gun team getting into a shoving match with a bunch of drunk businessmen. Or a group of coppers allegedly going into a tavern and rousting all the customers. If this video showed any of these things, you could expect that the City would move swiftly and without hesitation.
But if a video shows night after night, weekend after weekend of drunken fighting at a problem bar, would you expect the same quick action? Even if the tape showed events leading up to and culminating in a homicide?
- The near-West Side of Chicago looks like the Wild West most every Saturday and Sunday morning. On Lake Street just beyond the Loop, the two-lane roadway under the El tracks-turns into anarchy on the asphalt when the club crowd starts to head home. And recently, the video vigilante was taping when a murder went down.
Chicago police, many times on scene because of past violence, have made dozens of arrests there the past two years. Most, they say, are of patrons and employees from the bar Chromium.
- For nearly two years, the city has been trying to close down Chromium under a new gang and drug house ordinance, citing dozens of violent, criminal incidents inside and outside the club as well as a long list of code violations.
The woman who holds the license for Chromium, Jehad Shehade of west suburban Addison, is also listed in state records as the owner, although a city of Chicago lawsuit claims she is a stooge for her husband, Tony Perez, who is ineligible for a liquor license.
Places like this are where it begins.