Editor’s note: The suspects mentioned in this story will not be identified because they are juveniles.
BOURBONNAIS — A teenager was arrested June 10 after attempting to punch a police officer at the Bourbonnais Skate Park.
Police responded to a fight at the park. A handful of teens cursed at police after they were asked to stop.
After refusing to stop, police told the teens to leave. One teen responded by trying to punch an officer. The teen was taken to the ground and arrested, Bourbonnais Police Chief Jim Phelps said.
Police drew a Taser during the incident but never used it, Phelps said.
Several officers were hit and kicked during the situation. One suffered cuts to their arm, hand and knee. The officer’s pants and body armor carrier were torn, and their equipment belt sustained minor damage. Another officer’s shirt was bloodied, Phelps said.
The teen who attempted to punch an officer initially was charged with aggravated battery to a police officer, resisting arrest, obstruction and criminal damage to state-supported property.
The teen and two others have been banned from the skate park.
“We have had, recently, some issues with fighting and excessive profane language, loud music and loud vehicles all emitting from the skate park,” Phelps said. “By and large, the large percentage of kids who come out here are having a good time and not causing any problems.”
In response to the incident, the Bourbonnais Public Works Department removed the skating fixtures from the park a week early. They would have removed the equipment this week with the Bourbonnais Friendship Festival set to begin next week.
“We decided to shut down the skate park for a cooling down period,” Mayor Paul Schore said during Monday night’s village board meeting.
“When the equipment goes back out there again, we will be out there in force along with the PD, making sure everyone knows they are going to act like ladies and gentlemen when they are at the skate park. A few are not going to ruin the skate park for the many.”