Democratic National Convention (1968)

Background: Chicago 7 trial

Background: Chicago 7 trial

The trial began on Sept. 24, 1969, 13 months after violence broke out during the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, shocking the nation. In what a national commission later called a "police riot," protesters gathered in Grant Park and other locations and were clubbed and gassed by Chicago Police officers and Illinois National Guardsmen.

The tumult led to the infamous Chicago 8 trial, later the Chicago 7 trial after one defendant's case was severed.

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