'68 Chicago Riot Cops to Hold Reunion

Craig Brown

 The infamous rioting Chicago cops who terrorized the 1968 Democratic
Convention are about to hold a reunion. According to their website:

"The only thing that stood between Marxist street thugs and public order
was a thin blue line of dedicated, tough Chicago police officers. For decades the collective Left has white-washed what really happened
during the riots of 1968 and 1969. Chicago Police officers who
participated in the riots continue to endure unending criticism - all
of which is unwarranted, inaccurate and wrong."

Chicago Riot Cops Reunion
DATE: Friday, June 26th, 2009
LOCATION: Chicago FOP Lodge
1412 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, Illinois

TIME: 7:00 pm.
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Superintendent Phil Cline, others TBA

COST: Price will be $30 with all proceeds to go to the Chicago Police Memorial Fund.

register to attend the reunion, ask any questions, or to help
(photographs, food or alcohol) for the event, please contact us at chicagoriotcop@yahoo.com

A protest to counter the event is being planned. Chicago Copwatch, a
watchdog group, is organizing a "March Against Police Violence At the 1968 Riot Cops Reunion"

Rally at Union Park — Ashland Ave & Lake St
June 26th 6pm
March to Fraternal Order of Police Lodge
1412 W. Washington Blvd

The Chicago lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police will be hosting a
1968 Riot Cop Reunion. Officers who cracked heads at the Democratic
Convention (and at the Division Street riots of 1966, and murdered
Black Panthers Fred Hampton and Mark Clark) will be hobnobbing with
today’s police who are still occupying our communities and repressing
our rallies.

We’re organizing hundreds of Chicagoans to rally and march, to speak
from personal experience about violence of the Chicago police in the
1960s, as well as their violence today. We will be marching to the FOP
lodge, and have filed for a permit to see if we can’t make it a bit
safer for everyone attending (although we will rally and march, permit
or none).

Bring your friends, make effigies and dolls of riot police, and help
us let these cops who celebrate their sadistic violence know: We can’t
forget, because we’re still living it!

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