Magazine article Corrections Forum

Chicago City Council Passes Landmark Torture Reparations Ordinance

Magazine article Corrections Forum

Chicago City Council Passes Landmark Torture Reparations Ordinance

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Amnesty International announced on May 6 that the Chicago City Council passed landmark legislation providing reparations for torture committed by former Chicago Police commander Jon Burge and detectives under his command. Forty-three years after Jon Burge tortured the first known detainee, a resolution providing compensation, restitution and rehabilitation to survivors passed with overwhelming support.

The reparations package marks the first time that survivors of racially motivated police torture have been given the reparations they are entitled to under international law. It also illuminates a path forward for survivors of police abuse who cannot seek redress in a court of law. Statutes of limitations on torture have prevented Burge and the detectives under his command from being prosecuted for torturing at least 100 people, nearly all African American men, between 1972 and 1991. …

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