Cops Are No-Show; Charges Dropped

21 charged in South Side Irish St. Patrick's Day shenanigans

First organizers dropped Chicago's South Side Irish St. Patrick's Day parade because things got out hand, and now the charges against nearly two dozen revelers have been dropped.

Earlier this week the charges were dropped for unruly behavior against 21 people because 11 Chicago police officers failed to show up to court.

The police department is still trying to find out why officers didn't show and spokesman Roderick Drew says if they didn't have a good reason they'll be disciplined.

The parade was an annual event for 30 years. But the parade, which drew more than 300,000 people this year, was dangerously overcrowded and that even with a large police presence controlling the crowd was difficult.

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