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By: Editor | April 26, 2015

 

CHICAGO – After months of work by survivors and stakeholders, including Chicago Torture Justice Memorials (CTJM), Amnesty International USA, Project NIA and We Charge Genocide, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced his support for a proposed ordinance that would provide reparations to survivors of Chicago Police torture during the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s. The ordinance will be introduced to the Chicago City Council tomorrow.


Between 1972 and 1991, over 100 people, practically all African-American men, were subjected to horrific abuse while in the custody of Chicago Police officers under the direction of former commander Jon Burge. The abuse included electric shocks to the genitals, mock executions, and beatings accompanied by racial epithet...