CHICAGO (CBS) — As Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) considers whether the annual Gay Pride Parade should be moved downtown, the manager of a Boystown bar said the real issue is a lack of cooperation from police officers after the parade is over.
“There were quite a few people on the street smashing their beer bottles, sitting on steps of residences; and the police, basically – from my perception – stood there and just allowed it to happen,” said Brenden Chrisman, general manager of Roscoe’s Tavern, which is located along the parade route in Boystown.
WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller reports, with this year’s Pride Parade setting a new attendance record of more than 1 million people, Tunney has said he’s open to moving the parade downtown to address concerns of Lakeview and Boystown residents about too much drinking and partying connected to the parade.
Chrisman said police have been responsive in the past when his bar needed them during the parade, but officers were not doing nearly enough in the hours after the parade this year. He said, after the parade ended, police essentially left the neighborhood to fend for itself at night, when a different group of people descended on the area, even though they weren’t there for the parade in the first place.
“They were acting more like crossing guards,” Chrisman said. “I feel, from a management standpoint, that our security staff was more engaged with the problems on the street than the police themselves.”