Chicago NW Side St. Patrick's Day Parade to Honor Police After 'Tough Year'
NORWOOD PARK — After what organizers said has been a "tough year" for police officers, the 13th annual Northwest Side St. Patrick's Day Parade set for March 13 will honor Chicago's police officers, veterans and firefighters, organizers said.
The decision to honor Chicago law enforcement officers was a "no brainer" after white-hot criticism engulfed the police department in the wake of the release of a dashcam video showing a police officer fatally shoot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times, said parade organizer Elizabeth Murray-Belcaster.
"This whole community has been hit hard," Murray-Belcaster said. "We really wanted to pay homage to them."