A History of Brutality, Racism,
Mayor Richard J. Daley, the CPD,
the police killing of Black Panther Fred Hampton, a War on Gangs that sent Vice Lord leader Bobby Gore to prison and crushed the pro-social momentum of the gangs. "Reform" would once again be hollow words that left a corrupt and brutal CPD untouched.
"Shoot to kill"
Mayor Daley overruled his new Police Commissioner, James Conlisk and ordered police to "shoot to kill" rioters in the 1968 disorders after the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King Read the Tribune story. Daley defends his actions . Then read: Big city mayors criticize Daley. Finaly, Tribune readers respond
The Murder of Fred Hamption
1968 Was a Banner Year for the CPD
Police Riot at the 1968
Rights in Conflict - An Excerpt
from the Walker Report on the
violence between police and demonstrators
Daley and Hanrahan's War on Gangs
Gangs in Chicago had greatly expanded their influence and had as many as 50,000 members by the late 1960s. Many were beginning to get involved with politics and social programs. Rather than welcome the gangs into the political arena, the mayor declared war.