Petition to Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Alleges Police Torture in Illinois

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Tuesday, November 1, 2005
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
21
Issue: 
11
466
Abstract: 
On August 30, 2005, the media reported that a group of 46 human rights organizations, lawyers and community activists have petitioned the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to investigate accusations that 135 black criminal suspects were tortured by the police on the South Side of Chicago from 1971 to 1992 in order to obtain confessions from them. The torture allegedly included electric shocks and burns. A special prosecutor who reviewed the cases in 2002 has not issued any findings or filed criminal charges. In 1993, Jon Burge, the police commander accused of overseeing the torture, was fired?[more]