Upon arriving on the scene, the five responding officers discovered a group of 11 youths, three dogs, two rats, and a cat, sleeping inside the vans. The group explained that they had parked overnight so that they could join the Occupy Chicago movement at a May Day rally occurring downtown tomorrow. They also stated that they would possibly be staying in the Chicago area for one more night but would then be returning to California. An officer, not within hearing range of the youths, speculated to The Pipeline that they were more likely in the area to protest the upcoming NATO summit, though no proof of this was found.
Police questioned the group and demanded to see identification from all members. While most of them complied respectfully, three individuals were found not to be in possession of proper identification, including 21-year-old Evan Munn who had only a college issued ID and was found to be carrying a pocket knife. Munn was also cited as being uncooperative with officers and was briefly detained in a squad car. Ultimately no charges, including no parking violations, were filed against any members of the group and Munn was released, albeit without his pocket knife.
Officers had left the scene by 9 AM though the group remained parked for another 30 minutes before driving away, north on Milwaukee. [See editor’s note]. During this time, The Pipeline asked Munn what had occurred. He replied that he had been “answering the officer’s questions with questions,” and that when asked to show his ID, he says he responded by asking if he was going to be charged with something. The Pipeline inquired where the youths had been driving from the prior night. Brandon Carrillo, who described himself as a musician, reported that he and those in his van had visited his grandmother’s house near Indianapolis, had dinner and showered, changed a light bulb for his grandmother, and then met up with a second van in Chicago.
“Where do you live?” The Pipeline asked Carrillo. “Here,” he said, pointing to one of the two vans.
edited by J.R. see his comments.
[Editor’s note: Alisa was intent on taking a thoroughly unbiased approach when covering this story and did not want to overly elaborate on the nature of the youths being questioned. I added “mostly unwashed and filthy clothes wearing” before “youth” but she deleted that. To clarify any confusion which might have been caused by her vague description of the suspects, this group was essentially akin to the filthy and unsavory trustafarians who arrive in Wicker Park each summer and sit on street corners begging for change. At the end of the story, I had added, “….the group remained parked for another 30 minutes and could be observed giggling and littering the ground with cigarette butts.” Alisa, whose byline is on the story, did not observe them giggling and putting cigarette butts on the ground, so she deleted that, but I did witness it.
It should also be added that the group stated to The Pipeline that they were planning on filing a complaint against the officers who had questioned them. The Pipeline would like to note that we, both Alisa and myself, witnessed absolutely nothing which could be construed as police misconduct and that the officers were fully respectful of the rights of the suspects. – J.R., the Pipeline’s copy editor]