Rally Against Chicago Police Torture on May 24

Friday, May 21, 2010

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TAKE A STAND AGAINST TORTURE

Rally on the first day of Jon Burge’s trial
8:30 a.m - 10
Daley Plaza, 55. W Randolph St., Chicago
 
Torture victims Mark Clements, Nathson Fields, Marvin Reeves, Ronnie Kitchen and others will speak out!
 
JOIN US IN DEMANDING:
-- NEW HEARINGS AND TRIALS FOR TORTURE VICTIMS STILL IN PRISON
-- STOP PAYING COPS WHO TORTURE
-- JAIL COPS WHO TORTURE
 
A HISTORY OF TORTURE IN CHICAGO

In 1993, the Chicago Police Department Review Board determined that Jon Burge and officers working under him used torture to obtain confessions from some 200 African American and Latino suspects between the years of 1972 and 1991. Black and Latino men were suffocated with typewriter bags, electrically shocked, beat, burnt and had guns put in their mouths by detectives hell bent on obtaining confessions to crimes.
 
Following an investigation by a special prosecutor that concluded in 2006, Burge was found to have committed torture in multiple instances. Due to the statute of limitations running out on torture claims, Burge and his crew of detectives were never indicted for their offenses. The trial of Burge for perjury and obstruction of justice related to the special prosecutor’s investigation marks the first time that he will be held accountable for even a fraction of the crimes he has committed.
 
FREED TORTURE VICTIM URGES PEOPLE TO COME OUT

As torture victim Mark Clements says: “Let’s come out and be the voice of the torture victims in prison. They can’t be there, and they need us. It's our time to move forward, it's our time to shake up this town, it's our time to lift up our voices, it's our time to reach the people.
 
“I encourage everyone to really press hard and get the word out to many people. We can achieve victory, victory is in us! But it's in our ability to spread the word and be serious about what we are doing. Those men who are called torture victims have no one. They are counting on us to open doors for them which the system has shut against them.”
(Mark Clements was tortured at the age of 16 and signed a false confession. He was freed in August 2009, after serving 28 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit)
 
Groups endorsing this event include: 8th Day Center for Justice, Amnesty International, Campaign to End the Death Penalty, Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights, Chicago Copwatch, Chicago Justice Initiative, Illinois Coalition Against Torture, International Socialist Organization, National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression-Chicago chapter, News and Letters Committees, Tamms Year Ten, Wallace Gator Bradley-Urban Translator/United in Peace, Witness Against Torture
 
Organized by the Jail Jon Burge Committee. See JailJonBurge.org for details and updates! (if your group would like to endorse email us at contact@jailjonburge.org)