CHICAGO – Chicago Code Blue, about 200 people who says their mission is to show support for Chicago Police, was rejected by organizers of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Code Blue was formed back in October as response to protests against Chicago Police.
They say that since the release of the Laquan McDonald shooting video, police have been “vilified” and they’re worried about police morale.
The sponsors of the parade -- the Chicago Plumbers Union Local 130 -- said “no” when Code Blue applied.
The group’s leader Gary Snow is obviously very upset Code Blue won’t be marching this year.
“We took it as a slap in the face. We had a lot of people that were ready to organize. We had a lot of people that were ready to show support. They wanted to walk in the parade. They wanted to show support for our police officers. I don’t want my daughter to grow up in a society where they look at police officers as the enemy,” said Gary Snow of Chicago Code Blue.
WGN reached to the organizers who told us the parade has always enthusiastically supported Chicago Police and in fact Chicago First Responders were the guests of honor at last year’s parade.
And they provided WGN with a statement:
"Because Chicago Code Blue was established very recently and with the later application, there has not been enough time to sufficiently vet the organization. The group is welcome to apply to the 2017 St. Patrick's Day Parade.”
Code Blue is not officially recognized by Chicago Police. But they’ve been getting attention on their Facebook page.