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Last week, we spoke about violence in Chicago communities with Chicago Crime Commission President Jim Wagner.

WAGNER: Members of the community have to take back their streets. It's been done before and I think it is now time for that to happen again.

Activist Andy Thayer wrote to say that Wagner's suggestions amount to re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

Thayer says, “A more sane way to stop the violence associated with illegal drugs would be to legalize and regulate them, and put the resources currently wasted on enforcement into a grade-A drug rehabilitation system and a decent-paying jobs program that would offer a true alternative to the gangs and illegal drugs trade.”

Thayer wrote a full commentary about the subject.

The Crime Commission's Wagner also said that community members and police need to work better together.

Byron Miller says he has a problem with that notion:

MILLER: Ever since 1968, and 1971 in Cambridge, I don't trust the police at all. I just feel that they're out to protect themselves more than they are the people. So it's a big problem, I think. And I don't know how they repair it. But it doesn't seem like they're doing much to do that.

After listening to Friday's call-in broadcast about the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, another listener called to say he thought we'd been too easy on the police:

ANONYMOUS: I saw the Chicago police drag a photographer of an NBC truck and beat him half to death and later on when the NBC people went down there to file charges against these officers, they informed them that they were going to go ahead and file against this guy for fearlessly assaulting 12 police officers with a camera. The guy lost a bunch of his teeth and broke a few ribs.

Judy Perkinson called during the show—but didn't make it on the air on Friday. We called back for her perspective on the events in Chicago in August 1968:

PERKINSON:  I've always through the years felt very strongly that the portrayal of the Chicago police and the portrayal of what went on in the park that day was fairly one-sided on the part of the news media. And it was a little disturbing to sit there and listen to a lot of that replayed as truth now so many years later.

We first heard from Michael Kay during the live show. The Hyde Park resident called in to say that military police at political conventions should be considered a challenge to our freedom of expression.

Our guest, Historian David Farber stated that the U.S. Constitution provides for the military's right to police us.

Kay called back to say that's not true.

So we checked with University of Chicago constitutional law scholar Geoffrey Stone, who pointed out that it's specifically the National Guard that is legally charged with keeping order in domestic situations such as a natural disaster or contentious convention.

In either case, Kay says from his recollection, a military presence does not abate an already tense situation. 

KAY: Every time they've been used for that, it's resulted in disaster and death.

Even if you didn't get on the air for the call-in broadcast, we'd still love to hear your stories.

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