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G. Flint Taylor
G. FLINT TAYLOR is a founding partner of the People’s Law Office in Chicago, an office that has been dedicated to litigating civil rights, police violence, government misconduct and death penalty cases for more than 40 years.

Among the landmark cases that Mr. Taylor has litigated are the Fred Hampton Black Panther case; the Greensboro, North Carolina case against the Ku Klux Klan and Nazis; the Ford Heights Four wrongful conviction case, and the case of a seven year old boy who was falsely accused by the Chicago Police of the murder and rape of 11 year old Ryan Harris.

For the past 25 years, Taylor has represented numerous police torture survivors and wrongfully convicted persons who have spent decades in prison and on death row, including Burge torture victims Michael Tillman, Darrell Cannon, Ronald Kitchen, Andrew Wilson, and Leroy Orange. His work in fighting against police torture has been instrumental in obtaining the conviction and imprisonment of police torture ringleader Jon Burge and the precedent setting decision that upheld the inclusion of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley as a conspiring defendant in Tillman’s civil rights case.

In 2003, Taylor was named one of Chicago’s “30 Toughest Lawyers,” and is the recipient of numerous awards for his four decades of work fighting against racism and police violence, including from the Cook County Bar Association, Operation PUSH, the National Lawyers Guild, Northwestern’s Center on Wrongful Convictions, Northwestern Law School’s SFPIF, and First Defense Legal Aid.

Entries by G. Flint Taylor

Darren Wilson Wasn't the First: A Short History of Killer Cops Let Off the Hook

(1) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 10:05 AM

The Ferguson grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of African-American teenager Michael Brown is heartless but unsurprising. But it is important to place the case in context with the history of police violence investigations and prosecutions in high profile cases -- and...

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Mayor Emanuel Rides the Fence as Police Torturer Jon Burge Is Released From Prison

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 4:17 PM

On October 2, 2014, former Chicago police commander Jon Burge, who was convicted of lying about torturing over 100 African-American men at station houses on Chicago's South and West Sides, walked out of the Butner Correctional Institution, having been released to a halfway house in Tampa, Florida. Meanwhile, in Chicago,...

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Federal Appeals Court Rejects Torture Survivor's Case

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 1:43 PM

As declared by the United Nations in 1997, June 26 is International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Unfortunately, the U.S. Court of Appeals may have set an alarming precedent for torture survivors around the country with its decision for victim Darrell Cannon late last month.


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Closure Not an Option in David Koschman Case

(1) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 11:21 AM

In the early morning hours of April 25, 2004, 21-year-old David Koschman and several of his suburban friends got into a verbal altercation on Chicago's Division Street with a group of four drunken revelers. Koschman, 5'5" and 125 pounds, got "mouthy" and a 6'3", 230 pound ex-football player punched him...

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Jon Burge Pension Scandal Continues to Simmer

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 5:43 PM

In June 2010, former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge was sentenced to 4.5 years in prison for three torture-related felonies. But while Burge serves his time at the Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, NC, he's continued to collect his police pension -- to the...

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'Sorry' Not Good Enough for Chicago Torture Survivors

(2) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 1:16 PM

In May of 1973, then-Chicago Police Detective Jon Burge allegedly suffocated and electric-shocked Anthony Holmes until Holmes confessed to a murder he says he didn't commit. Holmes then spent the next 30 years in prison. In 2010, after his release, he testified in the government's successful prosecution of...

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The FBI COINTELPRO Program and the Fred Hampton Assassination

(8) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 10:44 AM

On December 4th it will be 44 years since a select unit of 14 Chicago Police officers, on special assignment to Cook County State's Attorney Edward Hanrahan, executed a pre-dawn raid on a west side apartment that left Illinois Black Panther Party leaders Fred Hampton and Mark Clark...

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Unholy Alliance Seeks to Dismantle Illinois Torture Commission

(2) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 2:16 PM

In 2009, in the wake of the indictment of notorious Chicago police torture ringleader Jon Burge, the Illinois Legislature passed the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission Act. The Act, which was championed by Black People Against Police Torture and other Chicago anti-torture activists, created a Commission that...

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Racism, the U.S. Justice System, and the Trayvon Martin Verdict

(10) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 1:51 PM

While the unquestionably unfair verdict in the Trayvon Martin case, rendered in Florida by five whites and one Latina, should be deeply troubling to persons of all races who care about racial justice, U. S. history, as well as the current racial reality in this country, teaches that...

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It's Time to Heal the Wounds From Chicago Police Torture

(2) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 7:05 PM

June is Torture Awareness Month, and this year the National Religious Campaign Against Torture has declared its theme to be "healing a culture of torture." So once again it is time to review what, if anything, Chicago public officials have done to cleanse the conscience of a City...

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Embattled Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Weighs in on New Orleans Police Monitor

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 11:05 AM

During a week in which Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's disapproval rate on two racially charged local issues skyrocketed, he found time to write a glowing letter to Federal District Judge Susie Morgan in support of former Chicago Police Superintendent Terry Hillard's bid to become the monitor of the...

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Cook County State's Attorneys' Office Disqualified (Again) From Burge Torture Cases

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 5:30 PM

More than 12 years ago, a coalition of activists, frustrated by the decades long refusal of the Cook County State's Attorneys' Office to investigate and prosecute Jon Burge and his crew of police torturers, started a campaign for the appointment of a special prosecutor. This prosecutorial intransigence began in the...

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Federal Appeals Court Upholds Burge Conviction for Lying About "Horrific" Torture

(2) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 5:23 PM

On April 1, 2013, a three judge panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the perjury and obstruction of justice conviction of notorious former Chicago police commander Jon Burge. Defendent Burge, who has now been linked to at least 120 documented cases of torture of African-American...

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Emanuel Administration Earns Failing Grade on Police Torture and Code of Silence

(6) Comments | Posted January 4, 2013 | 4:00 PM

In their first full year at the helm of the city, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his corporation counsel have, to be kind, left much to be desired in the field of police torture and misconduct, wasting tens of millions of dollars in the continued unprincipled defense of convicted police...

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'Nothing but a Northern Lynching': The Assassination of Fred Hampton

(3) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 5:00 PM

At 4:30 in the morning of December 4, 1969, 14 heavily armed Chicago police officers, acting at the direction of Cook County State's Attorney Edward V. Hanrahan, raided a tiny apartment on the west side of Chicago where local Black Panther Party Chairman Fred Hampton and eight Party members were...

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The Police Code of Silence: What Will Mayor Emanuel Do?

(18) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 2:30 PM

When an all-white federal jury found that Chicago police officer Anthony Abbate was acting pursuant to a widespread and persistent police code of silence when he brutally beat a diminutive female bartender, it sent a message to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, his police superintendent, and the city's corporation counsel...

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Incarcerated Victims of Chicago Police Torture File Ground Breaking Class Action Petition

(4) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 1:30 PM

Today lawyers from the People's Law Office (PLO) and the Roderick MacArthur Justice Center filed a ground breaking class action petition seeking new evidentiary hearings for a group of Illinois prisoners who allege that they were tortured by notorious Police Commander Jon Burge and his cabal of...

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The Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission -- Defunded but Not Forgotten

(1) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 12:43 PM

In 2009, the Illinois Legislature, in response to the demands of Chicago community activists led by Black People Against Police Torture, passed the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission Act.

The act, which was championed by Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul, "establishes an extraordinary procedure to investigate...

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80-Year-Old Chicago Police Torture Victim About to Obtain His Final Vindication

(11) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 2:14 PM

On September 10, 2012 the Finance Committee of the Chicago City Council approved a $950,000 settlement for 80-year-old police torture victim Oscar Walden, the penultimate event in Walden's 60 year battle to obtain justice. The settlement will now go before the full City Council for final approval on...

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The Torture of Darrell Cannon: A Case That the City of Chicago Cannot Win

(12) Comments | Posted August 10, 2012 | 1:14 PM

On November 2, 1983 three charter members of Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge's torture crew took murder suspect Darrell Cannon to an isolated area on the South Side of Chicago and tortured him. They repeatedly pressed an electric cattle prod to his testicles. They allowed him to believe...

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