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Chicago Police Torture

After Three Decades Behind Bars, Police Torture Victim Wins Day in Court

David Protess | Posted 03.27.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

When the criminal justice system gets you in its grip, it does not let go easily. The screws can tighten harder for the innocent, as law enforcement loathes admitting its mistakes. Take the case of Stanley Wrice.

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

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 03.06.2013 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

If 2012 is any measuring stick, it is fair to say that the new mayor is just like the old mayor when it comes to police torture and misconduct, the code of silence, and pinstripe patronage. Can we reasonably expect 2013 to be any different?

Exonerated of Murder, Chicagoan's First Vote for President

David Protess | Posted 01.07.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

The ring tone on his cell phone blared the '60s hit, "Hold On, I'm Comin'." Recognizing his girlfriend's number, Eric Caine anxiously took the call. "It's OK," Tina reassured him. "You're on the voter rolls."

What Does Stuart Nudelman Have Against Police Torture Victims?

David Protess | Posted 12.22.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

When I last wrote about Stanley Wrice, he was hoping to walk his daughter Gail down the aisle. Hope does not come easily to a man serving a 100-year sentence for a gang rape back in 1982, but Wrice had seized the momentum in his fight for exoneration.

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

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 12.16.2012 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

Today lawyers 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 Chicago Police officers.

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

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 11.25.2012 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

Early this year, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn approved the inclusion of $235,000 in this year's state budget for the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission Act, but the Illinois Legislature voted instead to eliminate all of the TIRC's funding.

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

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 11.11.2012 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

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.

While the Meter Runs on the City's Legal Tab, Children Lack Protection

David Protess | Posted 10.01.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

$82 million for public safety. That's how much Mayor Rahm Emmanuel slashed from the city's budget to reduce the deficit. In times of tapped out taxpayers, it's hard to quarrel with the mayor's goal. But what about the impact on concerned residents?

Mayor Emanuel Stands Mum As the Chicago City Council Approves Tillman Torture Settlement

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 09.25.2012 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

While yesterday's settlements are a step in the right direction, Chicago and its mayor must deal with outstanding issues before it can truthfully say that it no longer is on the wrong side of the Chicago police torture scandal.

City To Settle 2 More Police Torture Lawsuits For $7.17 Million

AP | Posted 09.22.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A Chicago City Council committee has signed off on settlements in two lawsuits filed by men who allege they were victims of police tor...

Chicago Settles Michael Tillman Police Torture Case

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 09.22.2012 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

Today, almost exactly 26 years after his arrest, the Finance Committee of the Chicago City Council approved the payment of a $5.375 million settlement to police torture victim Michael Tillman.

Will the Father of the Bride Be Freed in Time for the Wedding?

David Protess | Posted 09.16.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

Gail Scott, Stanley Wrice's daughter, wants to know why her father isn't already home, enjoying life in the free world. Unfortunately, our criminal justice system, while breathtakingly quick to lock up suspects, is agonizingly slow to rectify its mistakes.

Remembering the Reality of Torture

Sid Mohn | Posted 08.26.2012 | Chicago
Sid Mohn

Today, on the International Day for the Survivors of Torture, let's remember that torture is alive and well, even here in our own back yards, and knowing this fact is the first step to changing it.

Daley To Answer Questions During Police Torture Trial

AP | Posted 06.10.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley has agreed to answer questions under oath about allegations that he was part of a conspiracy to cover...

The Price of Freedom

David Protess | Posted 05.28.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

What do we owe an innocent prisoner after he is freed? Apparently nothing in the 27 states with no laws to compensate the wrongfully convicted.

Wrongfully Convicted Man Could Get $3.6 Million From City

Posted 03.14.2012 | Chicago

Chicago's City Council Finance Committee on Monday approved a $3.6 million settlement for a man who served nearly a decade behind bars on an attempted...

Police Torture Panel Strapped For Cash

AP | KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 04.08.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A commission created by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn nearly two years ago with the ambitious goal of righting the wrongs of Chicago's polic...

State's Attorney Forms New Team To Handle Wrongful Conviction Cases

Posted 02.03.2012 | Chicago

On Thursday, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that Stanley Wrice, an Illinois inmate who claims that officers beat him with a flashlight and rubber ho...

Wrongfully Imprisoned 29 Years, Stanley Wrice Wins Second Chance

David Protess | Posted 04.03.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

The justices flatly rejected prosecutors' arguments that Stanley Wrice's conviction should stand even if he had been tortured by two of Jon Burge's cops. The language was a ringing victory for all police torture victims.

Court Ruling Has Big Implications For Police Torture Victims

AP | KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 04.03.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO — An Illinois Supreme Court ruling that gave one inmate new hope for freedom Thursday also could revive appeals by more than a dozen oth...

City Declared A 'Torture-Free Zone,' But Can It Escape Its Ugly Past?

Posted 01.13.2012 | Chicago

A City Council committee on Thursday approved a resolution declaring Chicago a "torture-free zone," after years of alleged police misconduct gave the ...

Coincidence? Two Suspects Kill Themselves In Same Chicago Lockup, Same Week

Posted 12.29.2011 | Chicago

On November 17, Develt Bradford, who was being held at Chicago's Area Two police station in connection with a shooting, allegedly hung himself with hi...

Alleged Victim Sues City, Burge Over Police Torture, Wrongful Convict

Posted 12.21.2011 | Chicago

An alleged victim of torture at the hands of former Chicago police head Jon Burge filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against both the city and Burge over...

Is Justice at Hand for Victim of Burge Cops -- Or Was He Tortured "Harmlessly"?

David Protess | Posted 01.15.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

Stanley Wrice was wrongfully convicted, and he finds himself at the center of one of the most controversial legal battles of our time. The question that will soon be resolved by the Illinois Supreme Court: Can police torture be legally harmless?

Tortured by Police, Wrongly Imprisoned, Chicago Man Perseveres

David Protess | Posted 12.13.2011 | Chicago
David Protess

For a man who has been dealt an horrific fate, Eric Caine remains undaunted. He speaks of a hopeful future. Perhaps that is because his future has brightened in recent months. But perhaps it is also because his past is too painful to discuss.