Chicago plans to name a street after a Black Panther leader who people to shout "off the pig!" Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun—Times reports:
Fred Hampton —— slain state chairman of the Black Panthers party that urged followers to "off the pigs" —— would join the parade of Chicagoans afforded honorary street designations, under an ordinance advanced Monday that outraged the police union.
Hampton and fellow Panther leader Mark Clark were gunned down by Chicago Police officers working under Cook County State's Attorney Edward V. Hanrahan in an infamous December 1969 raid at Hampton's apartment that ultimately cost Hanrahan his job.
But it was the violence that Hampton and the Panthers advocated against police officers that stuck in the craw of Fraternal Order of Police President Mark Donahue.
Donahue was incredulous when informed that the City Council's Transportation Committee had voted without debate to rename Monroe Street —— from Western to Oakley —— as "Chairman Fred Hampton Way." The ordinance was sponsored by Ald. Madeline Haithcock (2nd).
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