The year was 1969. It was one of those years that Chicago hit the record books for the most cops murdered in the line of duty during any 12 month period. Cowardly sniper attacks were being committed all over the country against police officers.
It was no coincidence that the Black Panther Party was trying to promote an armed revolution to overthrow the country. The Party leaders were Clamoring for the killing of cops that they were calling pigs. Everyone had a clear understanding that cops attempting to arrest these terrorists were marked for death and that shooting first and shooting straight was important for officer’s very survival.
That cold December 1969, pre-dawn infamous raid resulted in the arrests of several Panthers, the recovery of their weapons and the deaths of Fred Hampton and Mark Clark. Hampton and Clark died the way they lived, by the sword. They were criminals and morally responsible for the deaths of all the cops through their advocating of the killings.
Unbelievably, there’s an ongoing effort at City Hall by some aldermen to honor one of these thugs, Fred Hampton. Is Fred Hampton somehow a role model for the children of Chicago? Perhaps a role model for some racist, anti-American hoodlums, but not our children. There’s something very troubling going on at City Hall when alderman are promoting hate and violence against police officers with this move.
I think it’s time for police officers to find their way down to City Hall and shame the hate mongers.