Chicago Police arrested 11 juveniles and one adult for obstruction of traffic and recklessness according to Chicago Police News Affairs. Charges are now pending.
Before roughly 7 PM Saturday, a large group of teens gathered in front of Saks Fifth Avenue on Michigan Avenue. A second group gathered near Oak Street Beach and another moved west on Chicago Avenue from Michigan Avenue. Witnesses say one group blocked traffic on LaSalle Street. Police say they weren’t violent, but one witness tells WGN he saw a group attack and beat a young woman.
Police officers on bicycles flooded the area and moved the group along.
The disturbances caused by these large groups of teens came just hours after Governor Pat Quinn signed a new bill cracking down on flash mob violence organized through the use of social media.
However, Chicago Police said the disturbances Saturday are not related to these types of flash mobs.
“Michigan Avenue continues to be safe,” Chicago Police said in a press release. “What you saw tonight was a minor disturbance.”
Dozens of patrol officers ushered teens back onto the CTA Red Line.