7 face charges after Cloud Gate, cancer memorial targeted with graffiti
(Published July 3, 2019)
By Jesse Wright
Days after Chicago police arrested seven people for spraying graffiti on the Maggie Daley Park Cancer Survivor’s Wall and Millennium Park’s Cloud Gate, AKA The Bean, the graffiti is gone.
By Wednesday morning, throngs of tourists were again snapping selfies at the Bean, the iconic Chicago landmark, even as the police say they are still investigating the incident and all seven suspects remain without charge.
The police would not release the names or ages of the suspects, although a police spokesperson reported that the suspects include four adult males, two adult females and one male juvenile.
The spokesperson said CPD will release more information once the seven people have been charged.
Among some symbols, the tags included the words “35th Street Crew,” though the police spokesperson would not offer an explanation for that.
More generally, in June police Sergeant Anthony Dombrowski told New Eastside residents at the monthly CAPS meeting that graffiti is an ongoing issue in the neighborhood. He said some gang-related graffiti had been spotted by a New Eastside resident who reported it and it was cleaned up.
“If you do see graffiti,” Dombrowski said, “If you can take a picture of it and send it to the alderman’s office and send it to our office and we’ll get rid of it.”