The 66-year-old has served four years not for torture, but for lying about it. He’ll be released Thursday morning to a halfway house in Tampa, Florida.
While Burge will be collecting his Chicago police pension, many torture victims have never seen a dime for the abuse they suffered.
Supporters are working to change that.
Burge’s lawyer tells us he’s had very little contact with his client about Thursday’s release but Chicago aldermen have been hearing a lot about it.
As of right now, more than half are said to support that compensation plan. Joining them, potential mayoral candidate Karen Lewis. Mayor Emanuel has not weighed in.
A press conference demanding reparations for police torture victims will be held at city hall Thursday.
“And I was brought in on cases that I was not guilty of. And all at the same time, I was tortured.”
“One after another after another, we’ve heard their stories. Accounts of relentless torture and abuse at the hands of then police Commander Jon Burge and his so-called ‘midnight crew.”
“Cattle prods, death threats, beatings, even a special machine devised to deliver an electric shock and elicit a confession, which it very often did.”
“Some of them were innocent, some of them were not but the point is, they were tortured and they received nothing for it.”
“So tonight, lawyers for Burge’s victims say the time has come to make amends.”
“And they’re asking for a lot along with a formal apology from the city they’d like a special medical and psychological center set up on the south side free city colleges enrollment for torture survivors public school education and public memorials about the Burge case and yes, financial compensation $20-million worth.”
“An amount equal to what the city spent defending Burge, other detectives and former mayor Daley, who was state’s attorney during the Burge era.”
“It was a major victory for people who were fighting for justice in these cases when he was convicted even though it was an Al Capone type of conviction, because it wasn’t for torture, for serial torture, but for perjury. Now he’s out but it’s time to say how is the city going to heal itself?”