East Chicago, Ind. Police Really Lame

Sound like they need a few classes in crowd control:

East Chicago turns off ‘Jesus image’

EAST CHICAGO, Ind. — City officials have turned off a streetlight that drew more than 250 people to see a shadow that some say resembles the image of Jesus Christ.

East Chicago Police Chief Angelo Machuca called an emergency meeting Sunday to recommend the light be turned off in the interest of public safety after nearby residents complained about blocked cars and visitors congregating until 5 a.m.

Several arrests were made Friday night after a large fight broke out in the area.

“The city respects everyone’s religious beliefs, but it’s getting to the point now where it’s almost too dangerous” to leave the light on, said Damian Rico, the city’s public relations director.

People have flocked to the site since Wednesday, when a woman first claimed to see the image on the side of a tree. The image is only visible at night when the streetlight near the tree is illuminated.

So lemme see if I get this right… over the last 5 days a whopping 250 people have shown up to see something and the crowd is just so overwhelming the local PD can’t control the sea of humanity? — That’s roughly the size of the crowd a small movie theater or a small restaurant — but spread out over almost a week. Just exactly how hard is it?

Lemme tell ya, if my home town police department couldn’t handle this sort of task, I’d seriously wonder what they were qualified to do.

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