City to Pay Torture Victims Reparations

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City to Pay Torture Victims Reparations


Today, Usa, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


CHICAGO -- City council approved an unprecedented reparations package Wednesday that will pay $5.5 million and provide other benefits to torture victims of notorious former police commander Jon Burge.

The vote caps a decadeslong push for restitution to some of the more than 100 victims -- mostly black men -- who have alleged horrific abuse by officers under Burge's command.

From 1972 through 1991, the suspects were subjected to mock executions and electric shock, and beaten with telephone books as interrogators flung racial epithets at them. A Chicago Police Department review board ruled in 1993 that Burge's officers had used torture. He was fired.

Burge and his officers have denied wrongdoing.

The statute of limitations ran out on his alleged crimes, but Burge was convicted in 2010 of perjury in civil proceedings for lying about torture he oversaw. He was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison and completed his sentence this year. Burge continues to receive a police pension.

"This stain cannot be removed from our city's history, but it can be used as a lesson of what not to do," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. …

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