Evanston police called for assistance from Skokie and Chicago Sunday evening to respond to what started out as verbal confrontations between juveniles associated with two different gangs during the Jamaica Day Celebration Picnic in James Park.
Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says the dispute started at a playground in the park about 8:20 p.m. Police told the youths to stop, and they started to leave, but before the groups could be escorted out of the park more fights broke out and police called for additional backup units.
No one was arrested at the scene, but police know the identities of all the youths involved, Dugan says, and juvenile detectives will be following up on the incident, which may lead to charges being filed later.
The event, sponsored by the Evanston Cricket and Social Club, was scheduled to end at 9:30 p.m., but police ordered the music shut down around 8:40 p.m., Dugan says, because of the disturbances.