Chicago man may get help after row with police

A homeless Chicago man may find some mental health help after causing a scene with Chicago Police Officers in Uptown last week. Huffington Post reports that the 41-year-old man was arrested on the North Side last Wednesday.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the homeless man was attempting to sleep when someone reported him as trespassing. When police officers attempted to move him, he allegedly threw items at the officers.

Several media outlets report that in addition to allegedly pepper spraying the officers, the homeless man also tossed bottles of bodily waste at the officers.

The man faces several charges including aggravated battery, resisting a peace officer and criminal trespass.

James Cappleman, the 46 Ward Alderman, expressed relief on his Facebook page that the homeless man may finally get some mental health help.

“My office has been trying for years to get this man some help, especially after the store owner expressed fear after being threatened by him,” the alderman wrote. “Next step is to get this man some real help, for his sake and for the sake of the community as well.”

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