Notorious former Chicago Police commander Jon Burge, thought to be responsible for the systematic torture of at least 200 criminal suspects, including several Life After Innocence clients, was freed in October after serving less than 3 years of a 4 1/2 year sentence for a perjury and obstruction of justice conviction. Just before his release in July, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that Burge would be allowed to keep his city pension.
Now victims, lawyers and advocacy groups, including Chicago Torture Justice Memorials (CTJM), Amnesty International USA, People’s Law Office, and Project NIA are increasing efforts to get a Reparations Ordinance passed by the Chicago City Council. CTJM is hosting a petition here in support of the measure. Jon Burge never faced true justice for his crimes but this ordinance could be a first step in a long process of securing it for his victims.