Mayor offers apology for Burge torture scandal
Mayor Rahm Emanuel gave a public apology for police torture decades ago today. The city council approved more money for lawsuit settlements.
The settlements relate to the case of Police Commander Jon Burge and allegations his officers tortured false confessions out of suspects.
Those confessions sent innocent men to prison and now costing taxpayers nearly $85 million dollars to settle a series of lawsuits.
Aldermen approved a new round today: $12 million to settle the cases of two men wrongfully convicted in a 1988 case.
Burge continues to serve a four-and-a-half year prison sentence for lying under oath about the torture he oversaw.