Controversy Develops With Removal Of Flyers For 'Support Our Police' Rally

Mike Krauser
May 31, 2018 - 12:10 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago Police Department brass created some controversy over the removal of flyers for a rally next Thursday evening in support of the police at a station on the city’s Northwest Side.   

Two aldermen, Nick Sposato and Anthony Napolitano, are hosting the “Support Our Police Rally,” taking place Thursday, June 7 at the 16th District station in the Jefferson Park neighborhood.  

The flyers for the event included the words “Police Lives Matter” over a variation of the thin blue line flag.  

Cmdr. William Looney reportedly ordered by brass to remove the flyers from the station and to remove mention of the event on social media.

Ald. Napolitano is not happy.

“I had the opportunity to talk to Nick about it. It's very upsetting. It’s very upsetting that you have two first-responder aldermen, who our blood runs thick with pride for the police and fire.” 

He said if the objection is about the words Police Lives Matter, "That’s ridiculous.” 

Napolitano said: "From 2015 to 2018, we’ve had 524 police officers killed nationwide. Yes, their lives matter. Everyone's lives matter. Everyone should be able to have the ability to say police lives matter.” 

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When asked if the controversy may take something away from the event, he said, “Hell no. It probably made it stronger.”

People commenting on the decision on the Second City Cop blog have nothing nice to say about department brass. 

The officer who writes the blog said it's “a shocking display of how little the brass thinks of the boys and girls in blue.”

WBBM Newsradio reached out to the department spokesman and the commander for comment.