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Woman Arrested For Shoving Alderman In Dispute Over Pigeons

By Samantha Abernethy in News on May 18, 2012 10:10PM

A woman was arrested in Uptown for shoving Ald. James Cappleman (46th) and throwing breadcrumbs at him, after he swept up crumbs that she had left for pigeons Thursday afternoon.

Police say the Kang told Cappleman, “You are the alderman, I voted for you. You should not be sweeping up breadcrumbs.’’ No, he shouldn't be sweeping up breadcrumbs... because you should not be throwing them on the ground.

Ald. Cappleman, 59, saw the woman, Young Kang, 59, dropping breadcrumbs on the 800 block of West Wilson Avenue and walked over to sweep them up. That's when she threw a handful of breadcrumbs at him, shoved him into the street and fled.

Cappleman called the police, and they found her pretty quickly. The Tribune writes:

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.

Kang told police that Cappleman should have "better things to do." She was charged with misdemeanor battery and cited with two counts of dumping refuse on the public way.