A History of Brutality, Racism,
and Corruption in the

Mayor Richard J. Daley, the CPD,
and repression in the 1960s

Mayor Richard J. Daley's vaunted police "reform" ran smack into the social movements of the 1960s. Those years included the Mayor's "shoot to kill" orders to police during the 1968 black riots, the "police riot" at the 1968 Democratic Convention,

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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 Chicago Rebellion after the death of
Dr. Martin Luther Kng - with photographs

The Murder of Fred Hamption

The Fred Hampton Story







1968 Was a Banner Year for the CPD

Police Riot at the 1968
Democratic Convention

Rights in Conflict - An Excerpt
from the Walker Report on the
violence between police and demonstrators

Richard J. Daley's Testimony at the Chicago 7 Trial

Video of 1968 Police Riot


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.

Famous Sun-times Colimnist Mike Royko
on why Daley saw the gangs as a threat

Shattered Dreams: the story of the Conservative Vice Lords

The framing of Bobby Gore, CVL Spokesman