Man Arrested For False 911 Call

CHICAGO (STMW) – A Far South Side man was arrested for calling 911 and telling a dispatcher that a Chicago Police officer “was down’’ in order to get faster police service to the scene where his dog was barking at a sewer, police said.

The man, identified by police News Affairs Officer Amina Greer as Tommy Boston, called 911 about 6:30 a.m. because his dog had been barking at a sewer for two days in the 700 block of East 92nd Place and he wanted to see the police about it, according to a Gresham District police lieutenant.

Boston reportedly asked the 911 caller: “What if I would say there was a officer down in the bushes,’’ and the dispatcher took him seriously, and a 10-1 was called — causing all available police to immediately race to the scene, the lieutenant said.

When police arrived, they found no officers “down,’’ and learned Boston only wanted a speedier response to his disturbance.

Boston, 57, of the 92nd Place address, was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct/filing a false report, according to Greer.

He is scheduled to appear in Misdemeanor Court at 9 a.m. on Jan. 27.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • M

    Well, was there anything or anyone in the sewer? Why was the dog barking at it in the first place?

  • Jacqueline Epps

    I thik that Boston should be charged with a more serious crime and fined.Possible JAIL time.

  • Smooth

    Hope the judge gives this guy a stiff sentence. Need to start giving loud messages that this behavior will not be taken lightly. Charge him for the resources used for this response and court costs. Amazing what we tolerate in this society.

  • Lakeview Greg

    Hmm, the guy is obviously an idiot.
    However, did anyone investigate the sewer hole?
    Giant jumping carp?

  • Ghost of scott

    @Jacqueline Epps, you can only charge him based on what the penal code says. Duh.

  • Imaginethis

    IT’s unfortunate that there are idiots like this one out there. They seem to abound! I think the 911 dispatcher should have asked him “IS there an officer down?” after the guy said “What if I said there was a officer down?” The dispatcher should have questioned this idiot. I’m not saying it’s the dispatcher’s fault or anything, but I think he or she should have paused before issuing the 10-1.

  • Mike

    Lots of resources wasted by the responding officers… I wonder how many resources are currently being wasted by cruisers idling in Dunkin Donuts parking lots.

  • justforchuckles

    I do not condone the behavioir. However, the net cost to taxpayers was the gasoline used to arrive at the scene. The call is for all “available” officers, ie those not actively working at other crime scenes, in short officers on the payroll not actively doing anything but observing the environs. Next.

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