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Police Torture

Black Lives Matter: Darrell Cannon and His Fellow Police Torture Survivors

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 04.12.2015 | Black Voices
G. Flint Taylor

Cannon finally succumbed to the torture and gave a false confession that implicated him in the murder. On the sole basis of that confession, Cannon was convicted and sentenced to life.

Activists Continue Push For Reparations For Victims Of Chicago Police Torture

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 10.27.2014 | Crime

Almost a month after a former Chicago police commander who oversaw the torture of more than 100 black men was released from prison after serving less ...

Police Torture Victim Still Fighting For Justice -- 30 Years Later

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 07.10.2014 | Black Voices

Though over 30 years have passed since Chicago police officers tortured him into falsely confessing to taking part in a murder, Darrell Cannon is stil...

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.

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.

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...

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...

Mexico Police Allegedly Tortured 5 Suspects

AP | Posted 01.02.2012 | World

MEXICO CITY -- Mexican human rights authorities say five men detained in the killings of two agents and a car-bomb attack in Ciudad Juarez were tortur...

5 Police Officers Face Torture Charges

AP | Posted 02.26.2012 | World

MEXICO CITY — The Mexico City prosecutors' office says five police officers have been arrested in connection with a video that appears to show t...

Another Tortured Confession? Court To Hear Inmate's Case

AP | KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 11.15.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois Supreme Court justices challenged prosecutors Thursday about the strength of their evidence in the rape conviction ...

Hypocrisy, Vice-Presidential Style

Andrea Lyon | Posted 10.30.2011 | Politics
Andrea Lyon

In the process of promoting his book, former Vice President Dick Cheney has said that he supports waterboarding of suspects, just as long as they are ...

Judge: Former Mayor Daley Can Be Sued As Defendant In Burge Case

Chicago Sun-Times/NBC Chicago | Posted 10.10.2011 | Chicago

For the first time, a federal judge has ruled former Mayor Richard M. Daley can be sued as a defendant for his alleged role in what plaintiffs claim i...

After 28 Years In Prison, Convict Talks His Way Out Of Four Life Sentences

Chicago Reader | Tori Marlan | Posted 07.06.2011 | Chicago

One sunny March morning, freed murder convict and tireless rabble-rouser Mark Clements was getting the kind of attention that had eluded him in the ne...

City's Head Still in the Sand on Burge Torture Scandal

Locke Bowman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Locke Bowman

The taxpayers of Chicago shouldn't have to pay lawyers' fees so that Burge can avoid another criminal prosecution.

Madigan Wants Burge Pension Terminated

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Last month, Chicago's Police Pension Board voted to allow convicted police lieutenant Jon Burge to keep his $3,000-a-month pension. The news outraged ...

Dad Cleared In Daughter's Accuses County Cops Of Torture

AP | KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A man who spent five years in jail for the Mother's Day murders of his daughter and her friend before DNA evidence cleared him filed a...

The Letters That Launched A Notorious Police Abuse Probe

AP | SHARON COHEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — The anonymous letters to attorney G. Flint Taylor arrived in police department envelopes, and so the mysterious author was dubbed "Dee...

Who Polices The Police? John Conroy Reflects On The Jon Burge Trial

Better Government Association | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

U.S. District Court Judge Joan Lefkow began her sentencing of former Chicago police commander Jon Burge last Friday by asking the commander to stand d...

Jon Burge Sentenced To 4 1/2 Years In Prison: Convicted Of Lying About Police Torture

AP | KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Decades after young black men in Chicago first began claiming that a white policeman shocked, burned and suffocated them to get confes...

Federal Judge Denies Conflict Of Interest, Won't Step Down From Burge Case

AP | TAMMY WEBBER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A federal judge said Wednesday that she won't step aside before sentencing a former Chicago police lieutenant convicted of lying about...

John Burge Sentencing Postponed, Ex-Cop Convicted Of Lying About Police Torture

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — The sentencing of a former Chicago police lieutenant convicted of lying about the torture of suspects has been postponed. Jon Burge w...

Jon Burge Trial: Jury Begins Deliberations

AP | KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Former Chicago police Lt. Jon Burge was cast as both a calculating torturer who took the law into his own hands and an honorable inves...

Primary Witness Heard In Jon Burge Police Torture Trial, Defense Makes Its Case Today

WBEZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The government put on its last witnesses yesterday, and today we hear the defense case. The primary witness today was Shadeed Mu'min, whose treatment ...

Lawyer: Burge Said 'Black Box' Shock Device Left 'No Marks'

WBEZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Attorney Casandra Watson, who represented Burge victim Melvin Jones after his 1982 arrest by Area 2 detectives, testified this morning to a sort of jo...

John Burge Trial: Jury Selection Continues

WBEZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The jury pool for the Burge trial will be winnowed on Monday. Dean Polales, who worked as an assistant US Attorney for 21 years and is now a white col...