Chicago police get high marks for NATO protests
Crowd control tactics far cry from violent ’68 images
The sight of Chicago police raising billy clubs against demonstrators was the kind of image that has dogged the city’s police force longer than most of those who clashed with protesters have been alive. But after Sunday’s clash during the NATO summit played out on television, virtually no one was talking about a “police riot,’’ as they did in 1968 when baton-wielding officers waded into crowds of demonstrators during the Democratic National Convention. Nor was there the kind of criticism that was leveled at the Seattle police after a violence-plagued 1999 international summit.