Updated 07/14/14 – 1:20 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Two men were charged with throwing bottles that struck police officers who were breaking up a large fight at Montrose Beach on Sunday, and three other men were charged in connection with the melee.
Efrain Saucedo, 23, and Emmanuel Lopez, 19, both of Aurora, have been charged with one count each of aggravated battery to a police officer. Chicago police said they were seen throwing bottles during a disturbance in the 4400 block of North Simmonds Drive, in the park just west of Montrose Beach.
At 7:37 p.m., Chicago police responded to calls of a fight in progress at the beach, where a large crowd — possibly as many as 300 people — had gathered for an unlicensed party. It was unclear what started the fight, but the beach was pure chaos when officers arrived. Many in the crowd turned against police, and started throwing objects at the officers – including two officers who were hit by bottles. One of the officers went to the hospital, the other refused treatment at the scene.
“A lot of people started beating up the cops, too. They started throwing beer cans. I don’t know, it just got crazy,” witness Ivan Hernandez said. “They were just throwing beer. They started smashing police car windows and stuff. You know, just how people get when they get drunk.”