Mob Surrounds Chicago Police Officer, Forces Him To Release Suspect Or Be Shot

It is unclear whether or not Chicago police are searching for the escapee or those who threatened the officer.

Chicago, IL – A Chicago police officer was forced to let a handcuffed drug suspect escape after a group of men surrounded the officer and threatened to kill him if he didn’t let the suspect walk.

“Ten people surrounded me, indicating that they had firearms. And one person pulled him away from me, holding his waist, indicating that he would use a firearm against me,” the officer said over his police radio after the harrowing altercation.

The incident occurred in the 4700-block of West Gladys Avenue at about 2:10 p.m. last Sunday, after two Chicago police officers witnessed a drug transaction take place inside a vehicle, the Chicago Tribune reported.

“After he was stopped, the driver exited the vehicle and began to discard bundles of suspected narcotics to the ground,” the Chicago Police Department (CPD) told CWB Chicago.

“Officers were able to detain the subject, but after police began collecting the bundles of suspected narcotics, the offender began to struggle with [officers], thrashing his body around,” the department said. “Police attempted to subdue the offender, who began to kick and strike” the officers.

A crowd of bystanders quickly converged on the scene, and some snatched up the bundles of drugs off the ground.

Other members of the mob surrounded the officers and began “yelling at and threatening” them, the CPD said.

One of the officers attempted to control the unruly crowd, and ultimately took off after a suspect who ran away with some of the suspected narcotics, the Chicago Tribune reported.

That left the second officer alone with the arrestee and the emboldened mob.

The group “implied that they had weapons,” although no one brandished one, CPD Spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi told the Chicago Tribune.

“Ten people surrounded me, indicating that they had firearms,” the lone officer said over the police radio. “And one person pulled him away from me, holding his waist, indicating that he would use a firearm against me.”

The officer stepped away from the suspect, who was quickly ushered away by someone in the group.

“It was a situation where [the officer] didn’t want to escalate what could have been a very volatile situation,” Guglielmi told the Chicago Tribune.

“Gunshots then were heard in close proximity to the incident, putting officers in further fear of their safety,” the CPD told CWB Chicago. “The offender was able to make good his escape with the help of subjects from the crowd.”

He was still wearing the officer’s handcuffs when he fled the scene.

Guglielmi confirmed that someone fired a gun near the scene of the attempted arrest, possibly to intimidate or distract the officers, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Additional officers flooded the area, and ended up chasing four men, who were taken into custody about a half block away from the altercation.

They were all later released without being charged.The man the officers had originally attempted to place under arrest was not one of the subjects they apprehended.

Because the suspect is not in custody, is not the subject of an investigative alert, and has no warrants out for his arrest, CPD refused to identify him, CWB Chicago reported.

It was unclear whether or not the CPD is even searching for the escapee or any of the people who threatened to kill the officer.

CPD has not responded to Blue Lives Matter’s request for comment.

Comments (74)
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DavidPeoria
DavidPeoria

Wow, Chicago is in a really sad state of affairs. They like their drugs.

SheepDawg
SheepDawg

Unfortunately this is just the beginning of the new normal. Administrators that are afraid of their shadows, prosecutors who won't file and courts that do not penalize place LEO's in this position. As the mob mentality and entitlement beliefs are emboldened it is becoming each Officer on an island. The real question then becomes what can reasonably be expected from those on the streets in uniform? Glad that I am no longer faced with that question, but realistically what is the point of pro-active enforcement any longer?

Usaf9000
Usaf9000

What else would anyone expect from a city with a liberal agenda?

Out of the Fray
Out of the Fray

Chicago is Done...Ret 30+ CPD vet...

Defender9422
Defender9422

This is probably the beginning of incidents like this across the nation...I am pretty sure it's not the first time this has happened in American policing but I hope it doesn't become the new 'norm'...That being said, that City's upper management to include CPD Lt and above need to grow a damn spine and stop worrying about what it looks like on F'ing YouTube or whatever Social Media thinks...

Dallas_
Dallas_

Quote: "It is unclear whether or not Chicago police are searching for the escapee or those who threatened the officer." That says all I ever need to know or want to know about Chicago, or Illinois.

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

The usual suspects.

Raidergsmith
Raidergsmith

After all this CPD is NOT looking for the escapee nor the subjects who helped him escape and they are NOT issuing a warrant for his arrest, etc. PATHETIC! This is now how they treat the 13% and it teaches the rest of the nation that it's acceptable behavior. I'm surprised the mayor and brass don't pay the suspect's rent and give him cash for his troubles and for the loss of merchandise. Thank God I'm now retired.

goodgentnsc
goodgentnsc

I've said it on here before brother's and sister's American will never be the same again and people can say what ever they want but the Democrats started the downfall way before Trump became president!!

Bad Bob
Bad Bob

Cop should have pulled his gun and blasted everybody in sight.

CrybabyDemoLibTard
CrybabyDemoLibTard

Time for some zero tolerance policing!!!

vcanejr33
vcanejr33

Time for some sweeps of the streets get this vermin of the streets, or let them to themselves, to kill each other. SWAT TEAM SHOULD HAVE BEEN CALLED.

Toomuchgovernment
Toomuchgovernment

Stop administering narcan and maybe we can eliminate at least some of these cop haters!

K9ndn
K9ndn

FN savages! The officers are scared to protect themselves due to the socialist mayor and government! Let them have it and see how it ends up.

LEO0301
LEO0301

I too am glad to be retired. The shit going on in law enforcement nowadays is unbelievable. The citizens of Chicago need to ask themselves why their crime rate in more than NYC and Los Angeles combined. Could it have something to do with the people they put in office?

Signal10
Signal10

You don't ever leave your wingman.

RPG156
RPG156

The story doesn't say, but I suspect that was a white officer, black suspect and black mob members. Not to sound racist, but he was likely thinking that he didn't want to be the CPD officer that shot a black person that may or may not have had a gun. Better to be the cop that lost a suspect. From now on... just answer your calls... the rest of it isn't worth the avalanche of bullshit.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Mob mentality. Chi Congo at its best. I have had a similar situation happen although not so violently when a crowd decided they didn't want someone to go to jail. I simply unholstered and told them I would kill the first 16 of them and asked who wanted to be first. They all decided he wasn't worth that and dispursed. Surprisingly no one ever complained about it.

Sargejh
Sargejh

I’m retired after 36 years on the job. But I still have many friends still working. Sad to say, but most of them have stopped being pro-active. Just taking their runs and make the report. And I completely understand. And so goes the de-policing of America. They will reap what they sow.

LPD133
LPD133

"One of the officers attempted to control the unruly crowd, and ultimately took off after a suspect who ran away with some of the suspected narcotics, the Chicago Tribune reported.

That left the second officer alone with the arrestee and the emboldened mob."

Nice, thanks "partner".

Dusty3rd
Dusty3rd

In the 28 years I spent with The Louisville Police Department I had only one partner who was dumb enough to go dope bobbing before I had the cuffs on the suspect.

spd522
spd522

Usually after you drop the leader and a few others, the rest of the mob will scatter.

Righton17
Righton17

Trouble looms big when mob rule takes control. Soon we will have no society.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Welcome to dystopia.👎🤔☹

Kansaslaw
Kansaslaw

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Makes me wonder why cop left his buddy..with thugs standing around. But hey this is chicago.i wonder also why any sane person is on police dept in that crazy anti police city.

HH3
HH3

I have family who live in Iowa. We used to go to Chicago for vacations and to go sightseeing. NO MORE!!!! We are done. This city can just waste away and no one would know or care.

So sad, family in Ohio as well. Time to look for a different family vacation area between Iowa and Ohio.

Not one more dime will be spent there.

61mouse
61mouse

Seems kinda fishy to me ....AND I HOPE NOT ....But nothing mention about body cam, or dashboard cam ???

ikaika
ikaika

Thank you, Rahm, for your shameless treatment of law enforcement.

gliderider
gliderider

I cant believe this story, Chicago has the strictest gun laws in the country , How can they say a "Mob" had hand guns to start with?, The most PFZ in the country, sounds like Serpico got left behind also, I wont even breath the air when riding through Chicago

John T. Kennedy
John T. Kennedy

People have a moral right to defend themselves and others from the enforcement of unjust law. Police are not justified in enforcing unjust law.

Jeff1245
Jeff1245

Sanctuary cities need to be cleared of this trash and those responsible for allowing them should be arrested for promoting violence.

annasasha
annasasha

if this is true it needs to be on all news channels

Combokid
Combokid

Animals in a Zoo act better than these so called humans do. They should just wall in the whole area and let them all shoot it out.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

First why would anybody want to live in such a thuggish area. Lastly if I was the chief. That area would catch hell until they brought the suspect back to me in handcuffs. None of those thugs would rest until that happened. I did it in Jackson right by myself and on the 3rd day the suspect I was hunting turned himself in. He said he was tired of running and tired of me chasing him. You have to show those thugs they don’t rule the city.

Marine1958
Marine1958

You must have been born of inbred parents. You need to be a victim of one of these thugs. You need to be removed. Loser e….

USN97Ret
USN97Ret

It's time for: "Escape from Chicago", Starring Snake Plissken!

FreedomLover
FreedomLover

So proud of these heroes who put the cop in his place. Cops need to learn that we won’t put up with their tyranny much longer.

Sterling Reece
Sterling Reece

I hope this starts to happen more often