Chicago City Council Approves Reparations For Police Torture Victims
Via USA Today:
CHICAGO — The City Council approved an unprecedented reparations package on 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 decades-long push for restitution to some of the more than 100 victims — mostly African American men — who have alleged horrific abuse by police 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 their 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 4½ 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.
Alderman Howard Brookins said Burge’s actions were an “atrocity” and called the reparations “a meaningful settlement.”
“I want to say to the rest of the world and Chicago, we get it,” Brookins said. “That type of behavior will not be tolerated in our city, and we can work together bringing the community and the people together for the betterment of our city.”
A victim who has a credible claim will receive up to $100,000. More