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DOES CHICAGO REALLY WANT TO END TORTURE?

There is an opportunity for the people of Chicago to finally do something tangible about the horrendous and blatant torture cover-up. Will the people act and demand a nuetral investigator? Or will Judge Biebel appoint a Daley/Devine puppet and continue the frustrating farce?
YOUR VOICE MAY BE THE ONE THAT MATTERS!

PETITIONS FOR DOWNLOAD ARE FORTHCOMING!

Demand a Special Prosecutor to Investigate TORTURE at Area 2 & 3 Police Headquarters


The Crimes:

· Over 66 African American Men were tortured by former Chicago Police Department Commander Jon Burge and his men at Area 2 & 3 Police Headquarters from 1973 through the early 1990’s.

· These police officers used electrical shock with cattle prods, suffocation with plastic bags, Russian Roulette, physical beatings and other acts of torture.


· No officer has been criminally investigated or prosecuted, even though their acts of torture constitute armed violence-a Class X felony in Illinois.


· Only one officer, Jon Burge, has been fired (in 1993 for abusing Andrew Wilson), and he was allowed to keep his full pension.


· Many of the other officers are still on the force and continue to engage in a criminal conspiracy to obstruct justice by denying their conduct to the courts and media.
· Twelve (12) of the torture victims, known as the “Death Row 10,” have received death sentences.
The Conflict:


· Richard Devine, Cook county State’s Attorney, has repeatedly refused to initiate an investigation into the officers crimes and torture despite request from the victims, their family members, city-wide organizations and the Rev. Jesse Jackson.


· Devine, himself, defended Jon Burge against Andrew Wilson’s civil rights suit while he was in private practice with the law firm of Phelan, Pope & John.


· Devine’s law firm received over $800,000 of taxpayer’s money from the City of Chicago to defend Burge.
The Demand:


· Criminal Court Judge Paul Biebel must appoint a neutral prosecutor to investigate the crimes committed by Jon Burge and other police officers at Area 2 & 3 Police Headquarters.
Show You Care and Support - Come to Court!!


When: Friday June 22, 2001 at 11am
Where: Criminal Court, 2600 South California, Room 101
Why: Hear Arguments in Support of the Motion filed for a Special Prosecutor.


For More Information Contact
Citizen’s Alert at 312/663-5392 or The Justice Coalition of Greater Chicago justice (at) jcgc.org
 
 

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