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Police: Teens Committed Hate Crime Near Park

Police are saying a group of black teens committed a hate crime against a white couple near Tecumseh Park on June 25.

Police are saying a group of black teens committed a hate crime against two white people near Tecumseh Park on June 25 around 9:15 p.m.

Officers originally responded to a battery complaint in the 4800 block of Louise Avenue on June 25 around 9:15 p.m. Police found a man who said he was just attacked by three teens while walking to his car, the report said. He added that he was having a difficult time remembering the details of the attack. His girlfriend, however, told police the alleged suspects began yelling and following them on their bicycles. The woman added the group was saying things like, "F*** you b****" and "What are you looking at white man," the report said.

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The three suspects then allegedly hit the man on the left side of his head and kicked him in his back when he fell to the ground, the report said. They then fled toward the CTA Oakton Stop on their bicycles, according to the report. Police did a nearby canvas of the area but were unable to locate the alleged suspects.

After learning the details of the incident police would later reclassify the attack as a hate crime, according to the report. One of the suspects was described as a black male, about 18-years-old, 5-foot-11 with a skinny build. The couple was unable to provide a description of the other two suspects, police said. No further information is available at this time.   

h m July 09, 2012 at 12:31 PM
As usual, everyone will blame this on the new CTA stop and Section 8 housing.
Scott Holtz July 09, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Why not say they fled in the direction of downtown? What dos the new train stop have to do with kids on bikes? Its clear you want to pin crime on the new train stop but unless the kids got here on the train and brought their bikes OR stole bikes and planned to ditch them and hop on a ready and waiting train I see choosing the language "They then fled toward the CTA Oakton Stop on their bicycles" very leading...
George Slefo (Editor) July 09, 2012 at 01:12 PM
@ Scott - The language used in the story is based off the police report, which stated the teens fled "toward the CTA Oakton Stop."
Danny Schaefer July 09, 2012 at 03:13 PM
He's just describing the direction the suspects went, calm down.
Tom Gross July 12, 2012 at 11:46 PM
The new CTA stop makes it easier for criminals to access Skokie, even though thanks to the new mayor, we have enough as it is. Skokie property value is going to lag the rest of the north suburbs until it fixes it's affordable housing issues.

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