June 23, 2009 (CHICAGO) --
A police watchdog group says it will march in protest of a planned reunion of Chicago officers who worked during the 1968 Democratic convention. The Chicago convention was marked by protests and violence. The group Chicago Copwatch says the planned reunion celebrates police violence against demonstrators. They plan to march this Friday, June 26, - the same day of the scheduled Chicago riot police reunion. They also delivered a letter to the mayor's office asking him to condemn the reunion.
"These were unprovoked assaults by the police on several occasions in Grant Park, on Michigan Avenue," said Don Rose, activist.
"The Chicago Police Department, the City of Chicago, broke the laws they were obligated to uphold," said Patricia Hill, African American Police League.
The reunion's website says its intention is to let officers who worked the convention reconnect more than 40 years later.