“there were militarized cops (literally carrying assault rifles) crawling all over campus”
Earlier this week, armed robbers fled the scene of a crime, crashed their getaway car and proceeded on foot to the campus of the University of Chicago. Police temporarily locked down the campus and ultimately arrested all of the suspects.
Here are the details of the crime as reported by The Chicago Maroon:
Breaking: Armed Robbery Suspects Apprehended on Campus as University Locks Down
UChicago told the campus community to stay inside as police canvassed the local area looking for a suspect involved in an armed robbery off-campus. One CPD officer told The Maroon at around 12:15 p.m. that it was safe for students to go outside. Police said they apprehended all five suspects and the University issued an all-clear message at 12:49 p.m.
At around 11:48 a.m., a stolen black Dodge Charger believed to have been involved in the robbery of a GameStop ran a red light on the intersection of Midway Plaisance and South Woodlawn Avenue, supposedly while chased by police. In the process, it ran into two additional cars, damaging both significantly. The driver of one of the vehicles escaped without injury but the status of the other driver is unknown.
The suspects fled their Dodge Charger, and police pursued. One of the suspects was arrested immediately after the crash, according to an e-mail sent by the University after the events at around 4:25 p.m. Around 30 police officers cornered multiple suspects in the Saieh Hall of Economics, though it is unclear whether all the remaining suspects fled inside the building.
The suspects in Saieh were later apprehended at around 12:40 p.m. Police on scene said no one was hurt inside Saieh and there was no substantial property damage.
Here’s a brief video report from CBS News in Chicago:
No one was hurt and the cops caught the bad guys. Everyone should be happy, right? Nope. Some students at the school are calling for the police to be disarmed.
Tom Knighton writes at Bearing Arms:
U of Chicago Students Outraged After Robbery Suspects Arrested On Campus
As the father of a high-school senior, I get concerned about his future. After all, he’ll be starting college in the fall, and I worry about the nonsense he’s likely to encounter while at school. If he could pursue his dreams without college, at this point I’d probably encourage him to do so, but he can’t. That means he has to put up with whatever degree of crazy he has to.
However, after seeing this, I’m glad the University of Chicago isn’t on his list of preferred schools.
On Monday, Chicago police apprehended several suspects involved in an armed robbery who had fled from officers onto the University of Chicago’s campus.
The crisis, which prompted an alert from the university urging the campus community to shelter in place, also prompted some students to go into hysterics on social media.
They weren’t worried about the dangers of gun violence—no, they were furious at police.
From calling them “pigs” to demanding their disarmament, some students expressed fury at both the Chicago and University of Chicago police forces, who had come to protect and serve…
What’s more, even though no students were harmed and the suspects were arrested without a single shot being fired, some students began calling for the abolition of police.
“there were militarized cops (literally carrying assault rifles) crawling all over campus looking for armed, african-american men. a black student could’ve worn a striped shirt (like one of the robbers)… reached for a phone at the wrong time… etc. and could have been shot,” one student tweeted. “Anywho … disarm/abolish the police.
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