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Record #: R2018-1392   
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Intro date: 12/12/2018 Current Controlling Legislative Body:
Final action: 12/12/2018
Title: Gratitude extended to Sergeant Michael Bazarek for bravery
Sponsors: Emanuel, Rahm, Reboyras, Ariel, Napolitano, Anthony V.
Attachments: 1. R2018-1392.pdf
OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
CITY OF CHICAGO
RAHM EMANUEL
MAYOR
December 12, 2018










TO THE HONORABLE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO


Ladies and Gentlemen:

I transmit herewith, together with Aldermen Reboyras and Napolitano, a congratulatory resolution regarding the Chicago Police Department.

Your favorable consideration of this resolution will be appreciated.

Mayor


Very truly yours,
RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, On the afternoon of September 18, 2018, off-duty Chicago Police Sergeant Michael Bazarek (Star #1913) was driving along Wentworth Avenue in Chinatown when he saw a man on the sidewalk ranting, making wild hand gestures, and screaming at the sky and sidewalk; and

WHEREAS, Sergeant Bazarek did not have a police radio, but recognizing that the man could injure someone, Sergeant Bazarek began following the man in his personal vehicle; and

WHEREAS, Suddenly, and without provocation, the man violently lashed out at an elderly man on the sidewalk. The assailant struck the older man in the head with a closed fist so hard that the the victim crumpled to the ground, to the horror of both Sergeant Bazarek and several passers-by; and

WHEREAS, Seeing that others were coming to the aid of the injured man, and recognizing that the assailant could attack others, Sergeant Bazarek made a call for backup on his cell phone and maneuvered his car in the heavy traffic so that he could follow the assailant; and

WHEREAS, Sergeant Bazarek followed the assailant for several blocks, until he learned that backup officers were on their way. Sergeant Bazarek then blocked the assailant's escape with his car, and ordered him to stop and put his hands up; and

WHEREAS, Despite continuing his erratic behavior, the assailant stopped and complied with Sergeant Bazarek's order. A short time later officers arrived to take the assailant into custody. It was later learned that the assailant, who continued his attacks against officers while in custody, has a history of violence against th...

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