Rachel Anspach

Rachel Anspach is an independent journalist examining the intersections of American politics, race and gender. Follow her on Twitter @RachelAnspach.

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National Police Union Mum on Brutality Concerns

The Fraternal Order of Police, the country’s largest and most powerful police union, has had little to say about recent cases of police brutality or white supremacist violence.

(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
In 1968, Chicago police officers beat demonstrators, journalists, and even some campaign workers at the Democratic National Convention—an episode that has become emblematic of the police violence that has longed plagued the United States. Later that year, the Fraternal Order of Police, the influential police union, endorsed the segregationist Alabama Governor George Wallace in his third-party presidential run. In a campaign speech at the FOP national convention, Wallace drew a standing ovation when he told the audience that if “the police of this country could run it for about two years, then it would be safe to walk in the parks.” The union’s views on one of the most tumultuous years in American history have not evolved much. In 2009, the Chicago chapter of the FOP held a reunion of the officers who were on the scene in 1968. They even offered a new defense for their decades-old actions. “The only thing that stood between Marxist street thugs and public...