$30K bond for State St. panhandler who allegedly punched Forest Parker

Passerby punched and kicked after squabble over Macy's 'turf'

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By Jean Lotus


A panhandler who allegedly punched and then kicked a Forest Park man walking on State Street in Chicago after a turf dispute with other panhandlers was charged with aggravated battery and held on $30,000 bond Wednesday.

The victim, a Forest Park man, who police say was more than 60 years old, was passing Macy's in the 100 block of North State Street, the afternoon of Nov. 12, when Martel Butler, 26, turned around, grabbed the man's shoulder and punched him in the face, "for no apparent reason," said Steve Campbell of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office.

According to Campbell, Butler and a group of other panhandlers were disputing "who had the rights to a particular corner" as the victim passed by.

Butler allegedly struck the victim, then kicked him when he fell to the ground. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital with several fractures to his face, police said.

Butler was quickly apprehended.

"Police arrived on the scene right away," Campbell said.

Butler is currently being held in Cook County Jail where he awaits a preliminary hearing on Dec. 17, Campbell said.

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Posted: December 16th, 2013 11:47 AM

To the clueless non-journalists..a bona fide journalist should always seek truth & report it; minimize harm; act independently & be accountable. Luckily for us we have real & former journalists engaging the public right here on these comment boards to show us the way!


Posted: December 14th, 2013 10:18 AM

Sorry the poster can't deal with not knowing everything. And there most definitely IS journalism even though some details are left private!

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: December 13th, 2013 12:02 PM

Jean's being polite. I won't be. It's endlessly entertaining to me watching clueless non-journalists lecture veteran journalists about how to conduct journalism and what it is. What else would you like to see in the papers, "that's not journalism from forest Park," the names of rape victims and children who've been domestically battered? Seriously. Is it not journalism unless we publish every last painful detail? This jerk lost his right to privacy by his alleged criminal act. The victim didn't.

Jean Lotus from Forest Park Review Forest Park Review Employee

Posted: December 13th, 2013 10:49 AM

@that's not... I understand your frustration, but it is journalistic practice NOT to name the victim.

that's not journalism from forest park  

Posted: December 13th, 2013 10:46 AM

"The victim, a Forest Park man..." is not journalism. WHO was the victim? This is like the non-reporting of stung bars. If you don't have info, you don't have a story.

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