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"All We Want for Christmas is Justice"

logoSpecial Prosecutor Edward Egan was assigned in April 2002 to investigate the allegations of Chicago police torture at the hands of former Cmdr. Jon Burge and his detectives. Burge and company are accused of torturing more than 100 African American men on the South Side of Chicago. They used electroshock, suffocation, and severe beatings to coerce confessions. The Death Row 10, who were sentenced to death based on these tortured confessions, are among Burges victims. Four of the Death Row 10 were pardoned by former Gov. Ryan in 2003, but the rest continue to serve life sentences.

While Burge was fired from the police department in 1993, neither Burge nor any of his sadistic ring of detectives ever faced prosecution. The Special Prosecutor could change this. Attached is a letter written by members of the Death Row 10 and police torture victims calling on the Special Prosecutor to charge the officers involved and to name and charge those who knew of the torture and asking for relief in their cases. The Special Prosecutor's report is expected to be released soon. A delegation of family members and supporters will deliver this letter to the Special Prosecutors office Tuesday....[Read, Sign, Circulate] | [Download Letter]

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  • Campaign to End the Death Penalty
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