Journalist, author, and budding Chicago historian Daniel P. Smith recently appeared on the History Channel's "Our Generation" program and its profile of the 1968 Democratic National Convention, one of the city's most historic events.
On the program, which included interviews with TV journalist Bill Kurtis and political science professor Dr. Paul Green as well as leading activists from the era, Smith discussed the legacy of the '68 DNC as it relates to police department response amid large demonstrations. Smith noted that police departments across the country frequently employ a containment approach rather than the dispersal approach utilized by the CPD in 1968 under the direction of then-Mayor Richard Daley.
The program also featured retired Chicago police officer and current Chicago fireman John O'Shea, whom Smith features in On the Job discussing both his role in the 1968 DNC as well as the department's evolution in the subsequent three decades.
On the Job is presently slated for a mid-September release from Lake Claremont Press.
Advance copies can be ordered by visiting http://www.lakeclaremont.com/ or http://www.amazon.com/Job-Behind-Chicago-Police-Department/dp/1893121127/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-8900206-3755246?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1186541989&sr=8-1