Chicago Police Twitter Catches Flak For Sharing '60s-Era Baton Photo
By Rachel Cromidas in News on Jun 3, 2016 7:55PM
In an attempt to participate in Throwback Thursday with a bit if misplaced nostalgia, the Chicago Police Department Tweeted a photo of a 1968 police helmet and billy club—and promptly caught flack for it.
"CPD Presents: #throwbackthursday Chicago Police helmet & billy-club circa 1968," the Tweet, which appears to have since been deleted, read. Several Twitter users replied to the Tweet with photos of '60s-era police officers beating citizens with wooden batons like that one. Some photos show people who have been beaten bloody during protests that took place during the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, as well as other historic instances of police brutality.
"There is nothing nostalgic about your history of brutality," one user replied. "Delete your Twitter," another wrote.
We reached out to the Chicago Police Department for comment and will update if we hear back.