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Chicago Police Torture

United Nation's Committee Against Torture Addresses Systemic Problems in US Law Enforcement and Justice Systems

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 12.22.2014 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

The CAT also addressed the death penalty and numerous systemic human rights violations within the prisons and jails of the U.S. adult and juvenile justice system.

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 ...

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

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 12.10.2014 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

While Burge's conviction and imprisonment were rightly seen as a major victory for the ongoing human rights struggle against police torture, the battle has continued apace.

Cop Who Oversaw The Torture Of 118 Black Men Freed After Less Than 4 Years In Jail

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 10.06.2014 | Crime

An ex-police commander who oversaw the torture of more than 100 black men in Chicago police custody walked out of federal prison Thursday, after servi...

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...

Federal Appeals Court Rejects Torture Survivor's Case

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 08.27.2014 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

Over the past 40 years, state and federal courts as well as prosecutors have very seldom been open to providing fair justice to the African-American survivors of Burge-related police torture.

'Sorry' Not Good Enough for Chicago Torture Survivors

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 03.16.2014 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

For years, the anti-torture movement had called for an apology from the city as part of a comprehensive set of remedies. And, they said, Emanuel's seemingly impromptu "sorry" was nowhere near sufficient.

Prosecutors Won't Retry Wrongfully Convicted Man's Rape Case

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man released from prison after spending more than 30 years behind bars for a rape he says he didn't commit smiled and hugge...

Wrongfully Convicted Man Released From Prison After 30 Years

AP | DON BABWIN and M. SPENCER GREEN | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago

PONTIAC, Ill. (AP) — During his more than 30 years behind bars, Stanley Wrice insisted he was innocent, that Chicago police had beat him until he co...

Unholy Alliance Seeks to Dismantle Illinois Torture Commission

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 12.16.2013 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

In 2009, in the wake of the indictment of notorious Chicago police torture ringleader Jon Burge, the Illinois Legislature passed the Illinois Torture ...

Joseph Erbentraut

Can Chicago's 'Code Of Silence' Be Cracked?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 09.20.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Decades have passed since Chicago police commander Jon Burge was fired, but the stain of hundreds of allegations of police torture and grow...

Rahm Apologizes For Police Torture, Says It's Time To 'Move On'

Reuters | Posted 11.12.2013 | Chicago

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued an apology on Wednesday after the City Council appro...

Did Political Clout Subvert Justice in Wrongful Conviction Case?

David Protess | Posted 10.19.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

After spending most of his 59 years behind bars for a crime he almost certainly did not commit, Stanley Wrice could finally taste freedom. Everything was going his way -- or so it seemed.

Police Torture Victim Beats City Hall But Cuffed by Suburban Cops

David Protess | Posted 10.01.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

Eric Caine had millions of reasons to smile, so why the glum expression when we met at our favorite eatery on July 25? The previous day, the Chicago City Council had approved a $10 million settlement of his lawsuit against Comdr. Jon Burge and the cops who tortured him into falsely confessing to a double murder in 1986.

Daley Subpoenaed in Police Torture Scandal -- Will He Finally Testify?

David Protess | Posted 09.15.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

Forcing the powers-that-be to tell is the truth is an effective way to further blot the stain of the Burge era. That won't happen if Daley continues to play dodgeball. But, from what it appears at this point, that game is nearly over.

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

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 08.18.2013 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

June is Torture Awareness Month, and this year the National Religious Campaign Against Torture has declared its theme to be "healing a culture of tort...

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

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 07.15.2013 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

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.

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.

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.

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.