Police say a ruckus dimmed the glimmer of Chicago's Gold Coast Saturday, resulting in more than 20 arrests for disturbances.
Police received several reports of pedestrians being accosted and shoved toward the streets at West Chicago Avenue and North State Street around 5:40 p.m., News Affairs Officer Laura Kubiak told NBC Chicago.
About 20 juveniles and four adults were arrested and charged with reckless conduct, according to CBS Chicago.
No injuries were reported, but officers were dispatched to multiple North Side locations in response to reports of rowdy teenagers and possible "mob"-style disturbances, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Police Supt. Garry McCarthy called the police response an example of "low-level enforcement" that helps "prevent the higher-scale robberies and beatings that actually could occur," the Chicago Sun-Times reports. He later said that the arrested juveniles “have an absolute right to go to Michigan Avenue just like anyone else, but they don’t have a right to engage in the conducts they did.”
The low-level arrests are in stark contrast to the violent offenses reported across the city in recent days, including a host of shootings this weekend that injured more than 40 people.