Thursday, June 14, 2012

"We're going to deal with it."

Racist Mob Attacks Plague Streeterville Outside Northwestern Hospital
Re-printed from a story at WLS Channel 7 on June 14th 2012

Swarms of black teens take part in racially motivated mob beatings near hospitals in Chicago. Video courtesy of WGN.

Staff members at two downtown hospitals in Chicago are being told to be on alert after two recent attacks on doctors by large groups of black teens of 20 or more.

These two attacks happened while the doctors were walking home, and there have been other attacks recently.

Word of the recent attacks around Streeterville is putting people who live and work in the area on guard. On Sunday, a man walking home was attacked by a group of young people near DeWitt and Pearson three blocks north of Northwestern Hospital where he works as a doctor.

"I'm new to the area. I live in the suburbs, so coming down here all the time is an adjustment anyways. And now I have another precaution to watch out, and it is kind of scary," said Sarah Kwasigroch, hospital employee.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the new Lurie Children's Hospital sent safety memos to their employees this week, alerting them of recent attacks on two doctors. The doctors were attacked as they walked home alone from the downtown medical campus around 10 P.M. In both incidents, the doctors were roughed up by large groups of teens, but there was no demand for property, and neither physician was robbed.

The victims in all the cases were white and the attackers reportedly were black.

The area on North Dewitt Place where the latest mob attacks have occurred.

"I have to travel to the rail line, and yeah, I'm concerned. I mean, you know, an attack happened right in front of the hospital, you would think someone would see it," said hospital employee Pamela Hall.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the latest incidents are similar to what happened last summer, and the police department is taking action.

"I have already talked to [Chicago Police Supt.] Garry [McCarthy] yesterday and the day before as well as this morning, and we dealt with it. And we're going to deal with it again," Emanuel said.

The alerts offer some tips, for instance, don't confront an attacker, comply with demands for personal property, and try to remember as many details about the attackers that you so you can.

WLS Channel 7, Streeterville doctors attacked by mobs leaving work
WGN Channel 9, Doctors' attack prompts warning from hospital