Police: Woman arrested for shoving alderman in pigeon dispute

James Cappleman

A 59-year-old woman is accused of shoving an alderman she thought should have “better things to do’’ than sweeping up breadcrumbs she left for pigeons in the Uptown neighborhood North Side, police said today.

Young Kang, of the 4900 block of North Winthrop Avenue, was charged Thursday afternoon with misdemeanor battery and cited with two counts of dumping refuse on the public way, police said.

About 2:30 p.m. Thursday, 46th Ward Ald. James Cappleman saw her dropping bread crumbs on the ground in the 800 block of West Wilson Avenue, police said.

When Cappleman began sweeping them up, she apparently had a problem with that and said: “You are the alderman, I voted for you,’’ according to a police report. “You should not be sweeping up bread crumbs.’’

Police said she then threw a handful of bread crumbs at Cappleman and shoved him in his chest, pushing him into the street.

While she was being processed she told officers she could not understand why he would sweep up bread crumbs, particularly since she voted for him and he should have “better things to do,’’ the report said.

She fled in a car after the incident and Cappleman called police.

Responding officers saw her throwing rice on the sidewalk under a sign that warned of an up to $500 fine for feeding the pigeons and she acknowledged she had an altercation with the alderman, according to the report.

Cappleman could not be reached.

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