Ah, Memories

Of 1968:

The violent clashes between police and protesters during the1968 Democratic National Convention aren’t typically considered proud moments in Chicago history.

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.”


“It’s just a get-together for guys who worked together 40 years ago,” he said. “Nothing more.”


13 thoughts on “Ah, Memories

  1. “The only thing that stood between Marxist street thugs and public order” perhaps doesn’t mean what he thinks it means. Accurate, though.

  2. Maybe they will whack each other over the head with billy clubs, just for old times’ sake.

  3. So everyone in Chicago was a Marxist?
    And to restore public order it is OK to go over the line? (Rodney King, eat your heart out).
    And after the fact, one “sets the record straight” by revisionist history?
    Was Dick Cheney a Chicago Cop?

  4. Heh, MapleStreet, that reminds me of one of my favorite quotes from that time, from the inimitable Mayor Daley: “The policeman isn’t there to create disorder; the policeman is there to preserve disorder.”

  5. Hey, you know, I watched Dan Rather get mugged on that floor, live, as it happened, and I listened to Walter Cronkite checking to see if he was okay. It’s one of the iconic moments in my memories.
    The Chicago cops seriously need to be called out on this dishonesty.

  6. I wonder if they’d mind if I showed up. I wasn’t a cop, but I was, after all, there, contributing my mite to the experience.

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