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Police Scandal Eludes Media Radar

David Protess | Posted 07.14.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

A 20-year fight for freedom by two Northwest Side Chicago men will culminate tomorrow in a hearing on allegations they were railroaded.

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

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 06.24.2013 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

Hopefully, Judge Biebel will swiftly appoint a special prosecutor not beholden to these extremely powerful Cook County politicians, who will agree that these long-suffering men are at long last entitled to a fair hearing.

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

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 06.04.2013 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

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.

Appeals Court Upholds Burge Conviction For Lying About Torture

Posted 04.01.2013 | Chicago

A federal appellate court unanimously ruled to uphold the 2010 perjury conviction of Jon Burge, maintaining its view that the disgraced former Chicago...

Costs Spiral in Police Torture Scandal

David Protess | Posted 06.01.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

Eric Caine was wary of man's best friend, but he took a job as a dog-walker because he needed the money. Besides, work was hard to come by for a 45-year-old just released from prison after 25 years -- even though he hadn't committed the crime.

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.

City OKs Budget-Busting $33 Million For Police Abuse Settlements

Posted 01.15.2013 | Chicago

Updated story A pair of grave errors by the Chicago Police Department cost one woman her safety and normal cognitive function, while the other cost...

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?

Victims of Injustice Grateful at Thanksgiving

David Protess | Posted 01.20.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

As Thanksgiving approached, I caught up with five of the subjects of my stories in the last year and asked them the same question: What, if anything, are you grateful for? Here is what they said, accompanied by snapshots of their ordeals.

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

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 01.15.2013 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

Once again, it appears to be "business as usual" when it comes to police brutality, the code of silence, and official cover-up in Chicago.

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.

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

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 10.10.2012 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

In 1983, members of Jon Burge's torture crew took murder suspect Darrell Cannon to an isolated area and tortured him. Eventually, Cannon succumbed and falsely confessed. Thus started a 29-year legal odyssey that continues to this day.

Richard M. Daley: A Central Figure in the Chicago Police Torture Scandal

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 10.02.2012 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

These are the disturbing "highlights" of Richard M. Daley's 30 years of involvement in the police torture scandal. At every turn, he refused to use his unparalleled power to stop the torture, end the cover-up, and bring the torturers to 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.

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.

A Test of Judicial Integrity

Jamie Kalven | Posted 09.12.2012 | Chicago
Jamie Kalven

A drama is unfolding in Illinois courts that has profound implications for police accountability and governmental transparency. A central issue in this case is whether records related to police misconduct are quintessential public information.

Are White Cops Racist?

David Protess | Posted 09.02.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

It's a troubling question.I hadn't thought a lot about it because the answer seemed obvious. Sure, some white cops are racist, but most are not. But perhaps the question "Are White Cops Racist?" has nuanced answers.

67 Wrongful Convictions, Zero Accountability at Chicago Police Department

Locke Bowman | Posted 08.19.2012 | Chicago
Locke Bowman

There are 67 cases in which the Chicago Police collected "evidence" of serious wrongdoing against a person who turned out to be innocent. That's a number to be ashamed of.

State Torture Commission's Funding Slashed, Prompting Shutdown

Posted 06.05.2012 | Chicago

Now that former police Cmdr. Jon Burge is serving time for his involvement in coerced confessions, the state legislature has voted to slash funding to...

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.