Posts tagged "torture"

Fifty years later, marching for another cause

Fifty years later, marching for another cause
The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on Aug. 28, 1963, brought attention to the disparities faced by African Americans in employment and education. On its 50th anniversary, Chicago activists took to the streets to protest another disparity–in how people of color are treated by law enforcement. The idea behind The Peoples March on... Read more »

Hunger strike at Pontiac prison enters third week

Hunger strike at Pontiac prison enters third week
Cleaning supplies, sanitary toenail clippers, radios, fresh air and heat. These were among the initial demands of a group of prisoners on hunger strike at Pontiac Correctional Center. At its peak, 47 inmates were on hunger strike when the protest began Feb. 4, according to the Uptown People’s Law Center. Two days later, 25 prisoners... Read more »

Cook County leads the nation in exonerations while price of justice grows

Cook County leads the nation in exonerations while price of justice grows
We might need to add $10.25 million to Chicago’s long tab of legal settlements paid out to people who’ve been wrongfully convicted. The city’s council’s Finance Committee on Tuesday approved the payment to Alton Logan, a man who spent 26 years behind bars for murder while police swept evidence under the rug that he was innocent, the... Read more »
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Terrill Swift's experience as a 17-year old shows how Illinois could lead nation in overturned convictions

You can deny the crime and die in jail with a 100-year sentence. Or you can cooperate and go home tonight. Those were the options laid out for then-17-year-old Terrill Swift in 1994, after being accused of the rape and murder of 30-year-old Nina Glover in Englewood. After hours of interrogation and ultimatums, Swift signed... Read more »

Tillman torture suits adds Daley as a defendant

Tillman torture suits adds Daley as a defendant
There’s a new name listed as a defendant on a federal civil lawsuit about police torture in Chicago, one that anyone remotely familiar with the city will recognize: Richard M. Daley. Veteran Chicago journalist Carol Marin broke the blockbuster news yesterday, reporting in the Chicago Sun-Times that the city’s former mayor is sued as part... Read more »

Man on the street: What do you think about Jon Burge's conviction?

After former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge was found guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice, the Reporter asked Chicago residents about the former cop. Burge and his officers allegedly used electric shocks, beatings and suffocation to elicit confessions. Burge was found guilty on charges that he lied during a civil trial about his teams’... Read more »
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