Protest Due At ’68 Chicago Convention Cops Reunion


The span of four decades has not been long enough to eradicate the searing memories of the 1968 demonstrations during the Democratic National Convention, says the Chicago Tribune. When “Chicago Riot Cops Reunion” organizers wrote on their Web site that “the only thing that stood between Marxist street thugs and public order was a thin blue line of dedicated, tough Chicago police officers,” the fight was back on. “Are these guys nuts?” asked Marilyn Katz, a protester at the 1968 convention in Chicago and now a president of a communications firm. “Do they think it’s really good PR for them?”

Chicago Copwatch, an activist organization that tries to document police misconduct, swiftly organized a counter-rally tomorrow, the night as the reunion. They plan to march to the Fraternal Order of Police lodge, where the reunion is being held. The organizer of the reunion said he planned it for his 70-year-old father. “Why would you give media coverage to these protesters?” he wrote. “They should be protesting the gang violence, not a bunch of elderly men.” A few months after the disturbances, a federally commissioned report found that demonstrators had provoked officers by cursing at them and throwing “rocks, sticks, bathroom tiles and even human feces.” The report said officers reacted with “unrestrained and indiscriminate” violence in what amounted to a “police riot.”

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