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More Than A Dozen Squad Cars Break Up Big Gathering Near Controversial Park

By Stephanie Lulay | July 17, 2017 3:48pm
 Two schools, Dett Elementary and Chicago Bulls College Prep, border Touhy-Herbert Park. The park has a 9 p.m. curfew but neighbors say the curfew isn't enforced.
Two schools, Dett Elementary and Chicago Bulls College Prep, border Touhy-Herbert Park. The park has a 9 p.m. curfew but neighbors say the curfew isn't enforced.
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NEAR WEST SIDE — More than a dozen squad cars rushed to break up a large gathering near Touhy-Herbert Park late Friday, just weeks after a huge gang party in the park rattled the neighborhood.

A man was arrested for trespassing near the Near West Side park that has become a hotspot for raucous gang parties, Chicago Police said. 

At about 11 p.m. Friday, Near West (12th) Police District officers were called to break up a large group of boys or men who were loitering on a private property in the 200 block of South Hoyne Avenue, located less than a block from Touhy-Herbert Park, said Officer Jose Estrada, a Chicago Police spokesman. 

More than a dozen police squad cars responded to the disturbance near the Near West Side park, according to neighbors. Upon arrival, officers dispersed the large group and arrested one 18 year old man in the incident. 

Allante Veal, 18, of the 2800 block of West Congress Parkway, was charged with criminal trespassing and resisting arrest, Estrada said. 

In June, a party over Father's Day weekend that spilled into the streets around Touhy-Herbert Park was so out of control, police struggled to shut it down. The 25 Chicago police squad cars that eventually were sent to the scene weren't enough to break up the party of more than 1,000 people, Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. (27th) said at the time. 

Neighbors living near the park have called for police and politicians to stop the notoriously loud and sometimes violent gang parties that have plagued the area for years. 

To learn more about the problems that plague Touhy-Herbert Park, read: 

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