Twelve people died from the bomb including one Police Officer. Eleven more people died in the subsequent shooting including seven more cops. The Chicago Police Department commorates them here.
You can read the whole history of the riot on the net. Just google and you'll find it. I will add that Louie Lingg wrote "Hoch die Anarchie!" (Hurrah for Anarchy) in his own blood on the floor after blowing his jaw off in Cook County Jail in a successful sucide.
It wasn't a good moment in Chicago's History. I understand the spirit of free speech the SoapBlog Chicago folks are expressing, but it's a complicated history here with needless death prompted by a guy throwing a bomb.
Chicago cops still angry too as Pat Guinane noted in Illinois Issues.
That’s not to say the new monument has healed old wounds. While the Chicago Police are now themselves unionized, some have yet to forgive the anarchists. That was apparent this summer when officers objected to naming a tiny Northwest Side park after Lucy Parsons, the activist wife of one of the anarchists who was executed.You can't blame the cops because they still get killed each year in Chicago. I can't recall the last time an anarchist was killed in Chicago. I used to know Chicago's Anarchist poet Joffre Stewart and he would have known. He never mentioned anyone.
I'd post a picture of the Police Statue that used to stand at Haymarket square but kept getting blown up by the SDS'ers in the 60s and 70s; and now stands in the lobby of the Chicago's Police HQ but I can't find one online.
Anyways, it's a sad, bloody chapter in Chicago's history. Not sure I'd want to look at Fielden every day. He could have just suggested everyone go home and have a beer. I wish he had.
Update: I read posts like this over there and wonder if they realize some folks migt construe Lingg's bomb as an act of terrorism. It's a strange logo to be pushing when today's bombs far more lethal and the fanatics just as fanatical as the jawless, dying Lingg writing his final words on the floor of Cook County Jail. Our cops still have a heck of a job protecting us from the today's Linggs.