Posted on August 3, 2023

Nearly 40 Minors Arrested After ‘Disorderly’ Gathering, Looting in Chicago

Jamie Joseph, Fox News, July 31, 2023

Forty people — 32 of them teenagers — were taken into custody and charged with reckless conduct misdemeanors after the group became “disorderly” and looted a convenience store in Chicago’s South Loop Sunday night.

The Chicago Police Department responded around 8 p.m. to the South Loop’s 100-block of West Roosevelt Road where the young group, an estimated 300 to 400 people, assembled after a social media announcement was made. It was the second time in a span of a few days the area was targeted by teens participating in a so-called social media teen takeover trend.


“The group became disorderly and disregarded multiple verbal commands by police to disperse,” the department told Fox News Digital in a statement Monday.

No injuries were reported, but several firearms were recovered on the scene.

Interim Chicago Police Superintendent Fred Waller told reporters Monday afternoon in an unrelated news conference that the group became too rowdy for the public’s safety.

“Our posture has been tolerant, and usually when we say that it’s curfew, and we ask them to disperse, they do. Yesterday, they, so to speak, crossed the line,” Waller said. “[They did] attempt to loot one store, a window was broken, also damaged vehicles, and the biggest thing is the fighting between the teens.”