The violent clashes between police and protesters during the 1968 Democratic National Convention aren't typically considered proud moments in Chicago history.If people remember the riots of 1968 then I'm sure there is bound to be a protest. At least by those who were amongst those who were confronted by the police during that fateful Democratic convention that year.
But some members of the Fraternal Order of Police want to change that. On June 26, the Chicago police union will hold a "Chicago Riot Cops Reunion" at its hall to set straight "what really happened," according to the reunion's Web site.
"The only thing that stood between Marxist street thugs and public order was a thin blue line of dedicated, tough Chicago police officers," the Web site says. "Chicago police officers who participated in the riots continue to endure unending criticism -- all of which is unwarranted, inaccurate and wrong."
Former Police Supt. Philip Cline is scheduled to be a keynote speaker.
Proceeds from the reunion will go to the Chicago Police Memorial Fund, which provides assistance to the families of officers killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty.
Predictably, a protest to counter the event is being planned. Chicago Copwatch, a watchdog group, is organizing a march to the FOP hall the same night after a rally at Union Park at Ashland Avenue and Lake Street.
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