Oak Park and River Forest police reports - April 10-16

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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

Burglar on probation arrested at the same church

A 29-year-old Chicago man who was on probation for a break-in at a church in December was arrested there again on April 10.

Ahmad Rashad Buckley was charged with burglary, criminal damage to property and criminal trespass to property after police found him hiding in a garage directly west of St. Gregorios Orthodox Church in the 1100 block of North Humphrey Avenue.

They responded to an alarm there and discovered someone had broken a window, gone inside and opened the donation box. During a search of the area, police noticed an open garage door in the 1100 block of North Taylor Avenue and found Buckley inside.

In December, Buckley was charged with six felony counts of burglary for his involvement in burglaries at St. Gregorios and other area churches.

Theft

A 42-year-old Chicago man was arrested, April 9, in the 900 block of Chicago Avenue after police saw him running with a duffle bag he had taken from a car in the 1000 block of Monroe Avenue the same day. The bag contained hockey gloves and helmets.

Someone removed an Apple iPhone 4 from a locked gym locker at Oak Park and River Forest High School in the 200 block of North Scoville Avenue, April 5. Estimated loss is $600.

An unknown person removed an unlocked, orange 20-inch Free Agent Maverick boy's bicycle from the rear of the 600 block of North Lombard Avenue April 4-5. Estimated loss is $150.

Someone removed an Apple iPhone 4 from a girl's pocket at Oak Park and River Forest High School in the 200 block of North Scoville Avenue, April 3. Estimated loss is $450.

An unknown person removed a red 1996 Dodge Caravan from the 1200 block of North Harvey Avenue, April 10. Estimated loss is $2,000. The minivan was recovered by Oak Park police in the 4200 block of West Cortez Street in Chicago on April 12.

Someone removed a wallet from a purse in the dining area of Panera Bread in the 7300 block of Lake Street, April 10. The wallet contained $2 in cash, a driver's license, debit cards, a social security card, a checkbook and other identification and property.

An unknown person removed a red men's Magna bicycle from a rear porch in the 100 block of Chicago Avenue, April 11-12, after cutting a cable lock. Estimated loss is $440.

Three 16-year-old Chicago boys were arrested, April 12, after they were found in a green minivan, reported stolen from the 4200 block of West Hirsch Street in Chicago. The occupants in the vehicle, which was in the 700 block of North Elmwood Avenue, were taken into custody and admitted their involvement in additional car break-ins in the 1100 block of North Hayes Avenue and the 300 block of Iowa Street.

An unknown person removed an Apple iPhone 4 from an unlocked locker in the locker room of the stadium at Oak Park and River Forest High School in the 200 block of North Scoville Avenue, April 14. Estimated loss is $400.

Someone removed a black and blue Yard Machine lawnmower and a 100-foot Craft garden hose from a backyard in the 1200 block of Belleforte Avenue, April 14-15. The lawnmower had been locked to a pole and the lock was also missing. Estimated loss is $280.

Burglary

An unknown person entered Ascension Church in the 800 block of South East Avenue, April 9, and removed a 100-pound prayer vigil candle holder that contained cash. The holder was found outside of the church and no loss was reported.

Someone removed $600 and a prescription bottle containing Ritalin from a home in the 7300 block of Lake Street, April 7-10. There was no sign of forced entry, and the victim suspected entry was gained from a key hidden outside the home.

An unknown person entered a garage in the 100 block of North Humphrey Avenue, April 5-10, and removed a blue girl's Trek 950 bicycle, an electric Home Depot chainsaw and a Garmin GPS unit from the victim's vehicle. Estimated loss is $700.

Someone entered a garage in the 800 block of North Kenilworth Avenue, April 11, and removed a 21-inch grey Craftsman lawnmower and a gas can. Estimated loss is $520.

An unknown person removed a blue men's Cannondale XL mountain bicycle from a residence in the 1100 block of Lyman Avenue, April 11-12. Estimated loss is $469.

Someone entered a garage in the 900 block of North Grove Street, April 11, and removed two snowblowers, a leafblower, hedge trimmers and an orange 100-foot electric cord. Estimated loss is $1,300.

An unknown person entered a residence in the 300 block of South Austin Boulevard, April 12, and removed a 40-inch Toshiba LCD HD TV, a 32-inch Toshiba plasma TV, an Apple tablet and a green tablet cover, a 15-inch Dell laptop, a women's Seiko watch, a digital photo frame, a Wii game console and charging dock and a mink fur coat. Estimated loss is $5,240.

Someone removed a black and red 20-inch Schwinn bicycle and a dark green 26-inch Glacier Point Bicycle from a garage in the 500 block of North Lombard Avenue, April 10. Estimated loss is $280.

An unknown person entered a garage in the 800 block of North Taylor Avenue, April 15, and removed a red boy's 22-inch DK Siclon bicycle and a blue boy's 15-inch Raleigh bicycle.

Someone entered a vehicle in the 500 block of North Lombard Avenue, April 14-15, and removed various tools. Estimated loss is $500.

Robbery

An unknown man came into the Subway restaurant in the 200 block of Lake Street, April 6, and displayed a large black semiautomatic handgun. The man stated, "Give me all the money" to the cashier, who complied. Estimated loss is $600.

Four unknown men approached another man, April 9, in the 100 block of Harvard Street. One of the men asked the victim what time it was, while another took his black Samsung cellphone from his hand. The offenders fled eastbound on Harvard Street. Estimated loss is $200.

An unknown person approached a 36-year-old Maywood man walking in the 100 block of Madison Street, April 6, and asked him what time it was. The unknown man said, "Give me what you got," and the victim observed what appeared to be the barrel of a dark semi-automatic handgun tucked inside the man's sleeve. The victim gave up his leather wallet containing identification cards. Estimated loss is $20.

Three 15-year-olds from Chicago were arrested, April 13, and charged with robbery after they took a cellphone the same day from a 17-year-old Oak Park resident in the 700 block of Highland Avenue. Three 16-year-olds from Chicago were brought into the Oak Park police station, April 14, by their parents for involvement in the same robbery.

Battery

A woman in the 1100 block of North Boulevard told police an unknown man approached her from behind April 14, pressed something hard against her hip and pushed her into a gated area. The man tried to grab at her coat and remove her clothing, but the woman ran away and alerted an officer in the police substation at that location. The 35-year-old Chicago man was charged with unlawful restraint, kidnapping and aggravated battery.

These items were obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, April 10-16, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Anyone named in these reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated.

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Jack  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 12:47 AM

Bill, I feel that it's more a reflection on Hayes upbringing (or lack there of), than Oak Park or OPRF. It's up to parents to raise their children to be responsible and civil, not the community or teachers. We are not "afraid to talk about race"... We are afraid to put blame on a black person for targeting a white person, but we are completely fine with calling out a white person who commits a racist act against a minority. People in the US are raised with this double standard.

Bill from Oak Park  

Posted: April 24th, 2012 9:14 AM

I was the last post on the article. I suggested WJ provide more info on Hayes and the victim. Were they both students at OPRF, did they know each other? I think it is very sad if Hayes was raised here and went through our school system. I guess AG Holder is right, we are afraid to talk about race.

Jack  

Posted: April 24th, 2012 2:06 AM

WJ already disabled the comments section on the Alton Hayes article. Why? I know it's a sensitive issue, but people have a right to discuss this topic considering how rare racist hate crimes against whites get discussed.

Resident  

Posted: April 21st, 2012 6:27 PM

"at least opguy...", your insinuating generalised tone leaves your comments open to interperate who they are directed at. You didn't say racist, but the implication is there. I'll be quiet when tools such as your self stop typing.

No Biggie Violet  

Posted: April 21st, 2012 4:09 PM

It's not that deep. Violet didn't think the hate crime charge was warranted based on the little information initially put out. Neither did I. Violet, the reason you didn't see it before is that it was printed last night. As Resident wrote "it turns out" meaning he wasn't making his comments off this recent information either. No need to stand corrected as both of you came to different conclusions based on part of the story but we all agree with the additional information.

by the way resident  

Posted: April 21st, 2012 4:00 PM

"I'm half black and half white, like our president (though many people conveniently gloss over the fact that he's half white)." Conveniently glosses over? He's called the same race he would be called had he been a criminal. The hate groups and people that have satirized stereotypes of him and his wife have conveniently glossed over him being part white. They hate him like he's full black...which is what "makes" him black. Nobody calls Maya Rudolph or Rashida Jones black and they are half also.

at least opguy is honest about his feelings  

Posted: April 21st, 2012 3:52 PM

Resident, can you read and write? if you dont know who my initial comments were directed at then maybe you dont even know what im talking about or why,which then makes me ask why are you commenting on my comments that youre not sure of? I havent found any of my responses directed at your comments so why waste a paragraph writing about "If" they are. I dont recall pegging anyone racist and I "seem incapable" because as you admit you dont even know what Im referring to. Its simple then: be quiet.

Resident  

Posted: April 21st, 2012 2:54 PM

We live in a politically, socially and racially sensitive country and time. With histories such as slavery, the KKK, neo-nazis... we have to consider crimes within the context of race. One argument is that if 2 people commit the same crime, they should get the same punishment. Now imagine if a robbery was motivated by hunger vs one which was an act of racist intent... I don't know how simple it is to judge both in the same light.

Resident  

Posted: April 21st, 2012 2:43 PM

I think this article with either an update in the original, or a completely new article, as I read the original that you probably read. I'm still unsure about how "hate crimes" should be judge vs non-hate crimes with similar outcomes... It bring into question whether the motivation and legal expression of racial hatred should be judge as a crime in context with the physical acts. I'm not sure, though I do believe it's important to acknowledge the difference between hate crimes and others.

Violet Aura  

Posted: April 21st, 2012 1:50 PM

@Resident: I stand corrected. For some reason, the part about the Trayvon case escaped me. Was this another article? I just don't recall that info in the one I read. However, I still am leery of charging someone with a higher penalty for a racially charged crime. It creates the impression that it's somehow more egregious than a "simple" stick-up, which I would disagree. All crimes are based on a negative emotion: hate, greed, fear (as in the case of George Zimmerman)...

Resident  

Posted: April 21st, 2012 1:56 AM

http://www.suntimes.com/news/crime/12032142-418/officials-trayvon-case-cited-in-racial-beating.html Violet Aura, well is turns out that it WAS a racially motivated crime, and the criminal IS a racist, and that "White boy" WAS used with racist intent. Just makes me wonder how many more crimes with similar motivations as this go unacknowledged, unreported or misinterpreted. You're right, it IS a "slippery slope", but that "slope" goes both ways.

Violet Aura  

Posted: April 20th, 2012 6:01 PM

The whole 'hate crime' thing is a slippery slope. Just because the guy said 'White boy' doesn't mean his primary motive was racial hate. He stole something. His intent was to rob someone. Now he might have been expressing resentment in a belief that Whites have all the money and he feels deprived, but it doesn't mean his crime was motivated by race. As Dubya said: "All crimes are hate crimes!" Probably the only thing I agree with him on.

Resident  

Posted: April 20th, 2012 3:05 PM

Oh, and who exactly is "opguy"?

Resident  

Posted: April 20th, 2012 3:05 PM

reactionary comments that come about when this type of issue is discussed. You seem incapable to distinguish the difference between racism and objectively address crime that is motivated by race. Yes, there are people that are racist and think of minorities a certain way as a whole, but to peg someone as racist when they bring up a racially motivated crime against a white is delusional. I don't think whites need a white history month, but I do think it's legit to talk about B on W crime.

Resident  

Posted: April 20th, 2012 2:59 PM

"at least opguy is honest about his feelings", I don't know who your initial comments were directed at, but I was saying nothing against black people in general nor was I characterizing them as "thugs". I was talking about the difference between being able to address white on black hate crime vs black on white hate crime. I'm half white, half black, and have a lot of family and friends that are either black or white. Your responses, if directed at my comments, are the exact type of Cont...

4/20  

Posted: April 20th, 2012 2:31 PM

Every body Chillllll. And smoke it up......

at least opguy is honest about his feelings  

Posted: April 20th, 2012 1:46 PM

That sucks Robert and I really hope things pick up for you. I don't know about construction business much so maybe that's common. Me, myself...I'm not hiring people off the street for serious work like that, I don't care what color you are.

at least opguy is honest about his feelings  

Posted: April 20th, 2012 1:43 PM

joe from south oak park: i dont know what you want me to explain. i agree with everything that you said, exactly how you said it...and think the same thing. maybe i threw you off with something i said but so far by your comments looks like we're on the same page from my end.

Robert S  

Posted: April 20th, 2012 1:21 PM

Did not mean to cause hard feelings - my construction company is out of business due to a workers comp claims by African American workers - might just be chance on the claims but I am out of business none the less. I used to hire people out of home depot parking lots on North Avenue in the city

joe from south oak park  

Posted: April 20th, 2012 1:18 PM

@ at least OP - how do you explain white on white racism i.e. treatment of the irish circa 1890 or Germans and Italians circa 1940, black on black racism in Africa and to a limited extent in the United States or hispanic on hispanic racism in South America? The only thing that seems to be in common is that there is a human tendency to discriminate against those who are different than the group in power regardless of race. This is what the focus should be on.

Game on Robert S  

Posted: April 20th, 2012 1:09 PM

Where should I send the black guys in need of construction work? And if you think I'd recommend or send someone who is subpar, you're nuts. TELL ME WHERE TO SEND THEM OR WHAT TO TELL THEM. And Im not joking because who would participate in a gag about working these days? You want some quality black employees...give me the info.

at least opguy is honest about his feelings  

Posted: April 20th, 2012 1:05 PM

i dont reduce everything to race. i guess im the good black guy. it is tough to take you serious though for making such a generalization. guess youre sorta like the reducing everything to race blacks and the painting all blacks as victims white-- a biased generalist. im biased too but i know generalism usually makes the generalist look bad. i have my preconceptions but i know how to discard them and replace them with facts.

at least opguy is honest about his feelings  

Posted: April 20th, 2012 1:01 PM

stan- every month of the year in public school is white history month dude.i dont know what i have guaranteed by being black but please tell me because i didnt get the memo. robert s- the comments about home construction were in the context of slavery, hence the last sentences referring to "your ancestors." sounds like you look for "black workers" in all the wrong places. i know rich blacks and poor ones, atheists and religion nuts, ghetto and elitist.maybe your recruiting was lacking.hmm

Robert S  

Posted: April 20th, 2012 12:54 PM

Not sure about the construction comment - I have been trying to hire black workers for years and they simply dont have the work ethic of the Eastern Europeans and Hispanic members of society. If you doubt me, look around for a black guy doing construction or any kind of work that is not CTA or some government hand out - let them know I am hiring and I bet they wont work two weeks without filing a workers comp claim

Stan  

Posted: April 20th, 2012 12:51 PM

i really don't have any feelings directed at black people because they reduce everything to race so it is tough for me to take them seriously in the same way it is tough to take white people seriously who paint all black people victims. when we get a white history month, white caucus, and a percentage of white people guaranteed anything, then we can talk

at least opguy is honest about his feelings  

Posted: April 20th, 2012 12:47 PM

the stereotypes themselves have changed and evolved with the times but it has been consistent that they were always negative...even before the adoption of the most recent stereotypes. i always choke at this one...who would entrust their children, the construction of their home and property, the preparation of their food to a naturally violent, subhuman, mentally inferior species? if its true, your ancestors were idiots. if its not, they were liars. which one is it?

at least opguy is honest about his feelings  

Posted: April 20th, 2012 12:43 PM

didnt all the previous generations say the same thing about black back then though? before blacks were looked at as gang members and thugs...it was thieves, sex crazed, inarticulate, biologically inferior. in my humble opinion, it appears that the stereotypes did more steering than the truth. europe has had no good thought towards Africans after colonization and the tranatlantic slave trade. you will find only negative thoughts about Africans and their descendants within the last 500 years.

OPRFDad  

Posted: April 20th, 2012 8:19 AM

The bigger issue here is that someone in the OP community thinks it is perfectly acceptable to walk up to someone else, beat them, threaten them, and rob them. Someone isn't doing their job if this person thinks they can get away with that. I'm glad they charged him with a hate crime - punish him to the fullest extent of the law and get him out of Oak Park.

Resident  

Posted: April 20th, 2012 2:01 AM

What if white guys rob a black guy and call him "black boy"? See, even though you can brush off the "n" word, just as you see no harm in "white boy", as it's not always used with racist intentions, doesn't mean that a lot of people feel the same way. Saying "white boy" in the context of a robbery is different from saying it as a compliment. The tone can also give a very different intention.

Resident  

Posted: April 20th, 2012 1:42 AM

It's a big cultural issue that's continually passed from generation to generation, and the fact that the level of education in a lot of the black communities are shrinking only makes the problem worse. Since I'm biracial and have been in contact with both side my whole life the 2 general cultural mindsets. I see the poor black side, and I also see some whites with the "white guilt" complex. The people with these mindsets can never objectively see a situation for what it is.

hate crime jargon  

Posted: April 20th, 2012 1:34 AM

I already addressed that. If they call me the n word, well yeah because that is a word universally accepted as a racial epithet. White boy in itself is not expressly used to denote racism which is why I'm not buying this. If white guys rob an Arab and call him Mohammad,I don't call it racism just being stupid. Saying white boy is not necessarily saying cr**ker or h*&key. If they rob a black guy and call him homey...racist? Not sure. Insensitive? Definitely. Robbery itself is more hateful.

hate crime jargon  

Posted: April 20th, 2012 1:26 AM

Resident I agree with you 100% on that. I think one of the biggest stumbling blocks for blacks is the misconception that all whites are well off if not rich. It causes a huge divide with lower and working class whites who are rightfully like "What are you talking about? I'm just as broke and in need as you. Why should you get it only cause youre black and I don't get it only cause I'm white." I sympathize with them on that. A lot of black people have never really been around poor whites.

Resident  

Posted: April 20th, 2012 1:25 AM

Well yes, it's all about the context and tone. Now, change the word "white" for "black", and have 2 white guys robbing a black man with while saying the same thing. How does it sound?

hate crime jargon  

Posted: April 20th, 2012 1:21 AM

I said it before and I'll say it again...that's weak evidence of a hate crime, calling him white boy. Big deal. I've been called similar names and while I was angry I didn't think it was hateful or racist, just naive and stupid.I'd be mad that he robbed me and hit me, not called me a phrase even used by whites. White boy doesnt even automatically denote a negative comment. Plenty of times I've heard "that white boy can..." as a compliment to a white guy and in those cases he was popular.

Resident  

Posted: April 20th, 2012 1:20 AM

Hate crime jargon, you're completely right, I am wrongfully generalizing about how blacks won't join a white movement, but I'm doing so knowingly to make a point of the mindset MANY blacks I know have. I grew up with many people who had the "I hate white people because they have everything" attitude, and that type of mindset removes any sort of personal accountability in how they interact with the people they "hate".

Resident  

Posted: April 20th, 2012 1:14 AM

Actually, Adolf, I'm half black and half white, like our president (though many people conveniently gloss over the fact that he's half white). I suppose that that would only make me half racist? You see, my relationship with racial politics is not as "black and white" as some people's.

hate crime jargon  

Posted: April 20th, 2012 1:14 AM

Just like I cant respect a black man that thinks everything bad that happens to him involving white people is racist. I will say you are generalizing to say blacks won't join a "white" movement though we don't deal with the same guilt issues some of you have. You guys' problem is that you're letting the crazies talk about this issue which is legit but they are the face of the issue. I'm not so appalled by racism as by how people treat each other like trash altogether, same race or different.

Resident  

Posted: April 20th, 2012 1:09 AM

Adolf, maybe you should tell the victim of the robbery/beating/racist hate crime that he deserves it and should not defend himself because he is white. How dare anyone bring up race in a race motivate hate crime. Anyone who bring up the issue is obviously a part of the "Oak Park Racist Scum Society", that is unless they're non-white. I'm glad that I can talk about it without being painted a racist, you know, since I'm African American.

hate crime jargon  

Posted: April 20th, 2012 1:08 AM

I don't care enough about anybody liking me to try to remain culturally acceptable. What if the culture is wrong? Im black but if I want to marry white, vote for a republican, say I support George Zimmerman...I have a right to do so and I don't owe my "culture" anythiing in the way of forfeiting my American liberties. Now those were hypotheticals especially supporting Zimmerman. I can't respect a white guy not calling racism because he's afraid of what people will say. That's weak.

hate crime jargon  

Posted: April 20th, 2012 1:02 AM

We're in agreement at some points Resident. I know why "it won't happen" but that's no one else's duty to resolve. I never drank any kool aid saying whites should not address racially motivated crimes. I agree its culturally unacceptable but again right and wrong is more important than what people will not like you over. I wouldn't "rally" against any of the issues on this comment board but I do speak against black racists and call out their hypocrisy. Unlike what you're talking about...

Adolf H.  

Posted: April 20th, 2012 12:23 AM

Looks like I stumbled upon the weekly meeting of the Oak Park Racist Scum Society. Can I join?

Resident  

Posted: April 19th, 2012 10:25 PM

At least whites are perceived to be privileged with a silver spoon in their mouths, which is almost always the justification I hear when I hear a racist comment directed towards a white person coming from a minority. I have had biracial friends who look white, and white friends be called some disgustingly racist names when traveling through parts of the west and north sides, and it's all said with a tone of justification. "Rich white -----" (fill in slur) is common. Would you rally against this?

Resident  

Posted: April 19th, 2012 10:15 PM

We as an American society have been brought up to believe that whites should not address racially motivated crimes against whites the same way that minorities address white on minority crimes, because minorities, especially blacks, have historically been the oppressed and are still as a majority suffering the results from decades of oppression. Blacks rally and others join in, and that's great, but it has become culturally unacceptable to reverse the accountability because whites are privileged.

Resident  

Posted: April 19th, 2012 10:08 PM

hate crime jargon, "civic minded whites SHOULD organize" to rally this, considering the "majority" of crimes in Oak Park are against whites... and I'm not saying that any race should be isolated as "bad", but the fact of the matter is it won't happen because you will painted a racist if you rally against black on white hate crimes due to the historical oppression of blacks in the U.S. Yes, whites do rally with black majorities, but I fail to see it happening the other way around.

Resident  

Posted: April 19th, 2012 10:03 PM

OPRFDad, people "invest" in ALL areas of Oak Park, not just the NW, and no one in Oak Park should tolerate this type of thuggery.

OPRFDad  

Posted: April 19th, 2012 12:17 PM

The concept of hate crime should be eliminated. It is ridiculous and perpetuates the concept of victimhood and classes of victims. Crime is crime. What people who have invested in NW OP need to do is not tolerate this type of nonsense, period. Call your beat officer. Tell them to start doing their job, and to start handling crime like they do in River Forest - zero tolerance. And that means zero (I will shoot you dead) tolerance.

hate crime jargon  

Posted: April 19th, 2012 11:57 AM

which is fine but if you like to pay your rent/mortgage...you can't be at every rally, donate to every group, show up for every meeting...you have to narrow it down. That's life. I'm against hatred period, its not race or gender or geography specific. Still who is the leader that should be taking this on? The gay rights activist has a platform as does the evangelical platform as does the civil rights leader from any respective culture...who's primary issue is this? Hold that one accountable.

OPRFDad  

Posted: April 19th, 2012 11:54 AM

That happens to be quite close to my house. Frankly, two things need to happen. One: these thugs need to be shipped to the River Forest police to be dealt with accordingly. Two: the school playground needs to be closed at dusk. It attracts too much trouble. There was a shooting at this location not so long ago.

hate crime jargon  

Posted: April 19th, 2012 11:52 AM

If race crimes against whites are perpetrated, then civic minded whites should organize and do something about it. Other races will back you up but unfortunately the less desirable examples of the white race (bigots etc) deal with this topic in the open while the respected leaders dont. Yes, there are plenty of whites who contributed to movements for others yet the face of the issue is the group the issue is perpetrated against...not their supporters.Some will say I'm against all injustice

hate crime jargon  

Posted: April 19th, 2012 11:47 AM

Isn't the victimized population usually the major catalyst behind a movement? I just ask because while there are many whites who rally against white on black hate crimes, they don't "have to." It's cool to have them there. Likewise, if the complaint is about rallying against hate crimes committed against whites...isn't that a cause for white to take up primarily, with others playing a supplementary role? I know some will say: I'm against all injustice yada yada yada. Well, many of us are but

Violet Aura  

Posted: April 19th, 2012 11:17 AM

In the section of ARMED ROBBERIES (a rather serious crime, don't ya think?), we learn that a BLACK cellphone was taken yet the four perps (still on the loose) are simply "unknown." In another robbery, the handgun was "dark" but the person was simply unknown. Why is that? And as another posted, there was a Black-on-White hate crime & yet just crickets on WJ. What is going on? This is not painting a complete picture of Oak Park. I am against all hate crime legislation, however, regardless of race.

Resident  

Posted: April 19th, 2012 12:02 AM

Joe, I agree on both accounts. Talking about black on white hate crime (regardless of reality) is not allowed, but when it comes to discussing white on black hate crime (never heard of it in Oak Park) it's encouraged.

joe from south oak park  

Posted: April 18th, 2012 11:56 PM

Sad thing is that there seems to be an element that really believes that racism is only a white on black thing. PS - WJ will be shutting down the comments any time now.

Resident  

Posted: April 18th, 2012 10:08 PM

Here are some more questions. Why is Hayes's bond only $80,000 when Tim Griffin's, whose crime is burglary, is $100,000? Where is the logic in that? So Hayes, who robs, terrorizes an individual through racist ideology and beats his victim, is some how $20,000 less of a concern than a person who has burgled a house? Is someone trying to make allowances for this racist because of his color? Is black on white crime somehow not as disgusting as white on black crime?

Resident  

Posted: April 18th, 2012 9:58 PM

Thought the article below was worthy enough news to report, so I hope the WJ gets round to it. Do you think there will be a rally to stop black on white hate crime? Because you can bet your life on the fact that there would be a rally to stop white on black hate crime if it was 2 white guys doing the equivalent of what the 2 black guys in the article did.

Resident  

Posted: April 18th, 2012 9:54 PM

http://oakpark.suntimes.com/11986682-417/oak-park-man-held-on-hate-crime-charge.html

@@Resident  

Posted: April 18th, 2012 7:47 AM

@Resdient. Its a manipulated data. Your right. Really are crime is 10 x's worse than reported. Gee what was I thinking?

@Resident  

Posted: April 18th, 2012 6:46 AM

Didn't you hear or read (ray johnson keeps posting it over and over) crime is down in oak park. Oh, and please do not google "how to manipulate crime stats" 9,550,000 hits is to much to read before the next election of board members...

Resident  

Posted: April 18th, 2012 1:03 AM

Yet another fun week in Oak Park. Who needs high octane rides at 6 flags when you can come here an experience the same thrill. How long will residents let this go on for, and complain about cops parking? Maybe we should just turn a house into a place where residents can "donate" all their valuables, and criminals can just come and pick and choose. It would sure make everything more convenient for both criminal and resident.

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