Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

When the Democrats Return to Chicago

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

When the Democrats Return to Chicago

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Say the words Chicago and Democratic National Convention, and memories of the 1968 riots from those turbulent times come flooding back. In the wake of that fiasco, tales surfaced of Mayor Richard J. Daley's Red Squad, a police unit that spied on his opponents, infiltrated various groups and kept dossiers on people who often were doing nothing more sinister than exercising their political rights. In an effort to put that ugly episode to rest, the city entered into a consent decree in 1981 that severely curtailed police surveillance activities.

Now, as the Democrats plan to meet in Chicago again next summer, authorities there are trying to ease some of those restrictions. Police Superintendent Matt Rodriguez complains that the current standards, requiring "reasonable suspicion" of criminal intent before police can begin gathering information, are too limiting. He has started meeting with the American Civil Liberties Union to reach a balance that would preserve civil rights and still let the police department do its job. …

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