Rainbow PUSH Responds to Mayor’s Burge Apology

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At Rainbow PUSH headquarters Saturday morning, a number of men took the stage, each of them with a story of wrongful conviction and police torture.

“I was in hell,” said Anthony Holmes, who testified against convicted former CPD Commander Jon Burge during Burge’s trial.   In the early 70s Holmes said  Burge personally coerced a confession by unspeakable means, “We’ve been tortured, we’ve been suffocated we’ve been almost killed by this man and they’re still helping him, and we can’t get no help.”

On Thursday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel took one step, offering an apology to those who were tortured under Burge.

But Rainbow PUSH leaders want more than that, calling for a commission with subpoena power to call witnesses and make recommendations on compensating the men who were torured and wrongfully convicted. They also want City Council to set up a 20 million dollar victims fund.Capture

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    The power of the white world is threatened whenever a black man refuses to accept the white world's definitions. It is precisely this black – white experience which may prove of indispensable value to us in the world we face today. This world is white no longer, and it will never be white again.

  • bill

    These guys should get money for the freedom they gave up because of bad dishonest cops. You can't give them their time back but you can make their life a little easier and the cops (retired or active) should be thrown in prison. BTW I'm a white guy who hasn't ever been arrested in his life and I'm also a twenty one year veteran with two wars behind him.

  • Carl

    Whites and blacks need some compromise between eachother. We have pretty much inhabited this country alongside eachother for hundreds of years and blame eachother for our problems.Its time to put the race card aside and time to work together.

  • Carl

    I am white and am proudly married to a black woman with three wonderful children . I am sick of the selfish human race as a whole not just one race