Nov 3, 2008
Federal prosecutors arrested former Chicago police commander Jon Burge for obstruction of justice and perjury. In the 1980s he commanded a police station where his cops tortured people to extract false confessions. Chicago has already paid 20 million dollars in restitution to four men held for years on death row, and there are more than 40 other cases where torture was used.
For decades, officials knew about this torture. Not only did no level of government take action, Richard Daley, the current mayor of Chicago, who was county prosecutor at the time, took those false confessions into court, letting men be falsely convicted and imprisoned.
Burge was the only one indicted, and he wasn’t indicted for presiding over torture – but for lying about it! Thus, the government winks its blood-shot eye at the brutal methods used in the back rooms of big city jails.