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Old 11-03-2011, 08:40 PM
thprop thprop is offline
 
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Default A slight correction for Glenn

Richard J. Daley did not give the shoot to kill order with regards to the protesters at the Democratic Convention in 1968. He gave it in response to the riots following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in April of 1968. Daley's exact words were:
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I said to him (police superintendent James B. Conlisk) very emphatically and very definitely that an order be issued by him immediately to shoot to kill any arsonist or anyone with a Molotov cocktail in his hand, because they're potential murderers, and to shoot to maim or cripple anyone looting.
It was understood that the order was directed against young, black men. Later that month, Daley asserted "There wasn't any shoot-to-kill order. That was a fabrication."

Daley's most well known comment about the police came after the Democratic National Convention in August of 1968:
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Gentlemen, get the thing straight once and for all– the policeman isn't there to create disorder, the policeman is there to preserve disorder.
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