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Jon Burge

Jon Graham Burge (born December 20, 1947) is a convicted felon and former Chicago Police Department detective and commander who gained notoriety for torturing more than 200 criminal suspects between 1972 and 1991 in order to force confessions.

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Police have been using similar torture techniques since at least the 1970s, if not earlier (e.g…
Sure, we could talk about Chicago, starting with Jon Burge, Homan Square, Laquan McDonald, etc.
Do Uknow the origin of policing its rooted in racism, dothan police plan…
Police killings often open windows into wider misconduct. Goo…
Ditka lived and coached in Chicago during the last 10 years of Jon Burge's torturous tenure at CPD as a notoriously violent commander.
the entire time Ditka was Bears head coach Jon Burge was running a racist torture regime in CPD
Prayers for Tech man. Evil is everywhere.
I guess you didn't see Cubs fans last year...
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So we are ahead which is good right?
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Give to them nothing but take from them EVERYTHING. Time to turn up and leave it all on the field
I mean you can't argue with that logic
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Remembering that day 5 years ago when A&M stunned No. 1 Bama and a kid named Johnny introduced himself to America.
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11/ Sometimes federal prosecutors charge perjury when they can’t charge other crimes. For example, Jon Burge was charged with perjury by my
REMINDER: Chicago is the false confession capital. Let's not forget about Jon Burge and Richard Zuley. This shouldn…
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Cop accused of brutally torturing black suspects costs Chicago $5.5 million…
Well y’all – it’s been a great run, but the time has come. .
Two Chicagoans wrongfully imprisoned 23 years, thanks to Jon Burge proteges, may be released today.
My big Q now is will Dany acknowledge that Jon is the rightful heir when she…
In Chicago, Jon Burge, a police detective& KKK member, was fired, & prosecuted in 2008, for torture of at least…
In 1982 Richard Daley, then State's Atty, was informed that Jon Burge was torturing black men for confessions. He declined to investigate.
I guess Chris Chelios never heard of Homan Square or Jon Burge or LaQuan McDonald or Rekia Boyd or Paul O'neal. FOH with CPD love-fest.
(1/3) police brutality: Jon Burge serves 3 ½ yrs for of 100 Black men. He is free & some of these men are in prison.
Jon Burge was named in seven police misconduct lawsuits that cost Chicago $41,525,000. via
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Jon Burge, a former Chicago detective, oversaw "the torture of hundreds of Black men resulting in false confessions between 1972 and 1991."
Good luck for the future. I'll miss your work. If you still have the time, I'd love to see your thoughts on Jon Burge of Chicago
that's right Bill. All needs is a few more Jon Burge's & Bill Hanhardt's. Yeah, get tough, that's it.
Illinois: City faces another lawsuit regarding Jon Burge torture. Was wrongfully convicted of rape had his lawsuit
What commander Glenn Evans did in Chicago was to take on the roll of Jon Burge. Did he not know that White privilege
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Corey Batchelor, alleged Burge-era victim, still struggling to prove innocence in 1989 murder ht…
Torture upon torture...when will it end?
Black folks still remember Jon Burge and his torture of 200 suspects. Blacks don't trust the police in Chicago.
Please watch. Understand the *** a victim of torture had to experience inside the police station at the hands of...
Because of police corruption (Jon Burge, Marquette 10, Austin 7, ETC) black folks don't trust the Chicago police!
the black community still remembers Jon Burge and his torture tactics. Black folks in Chicago don't trust the police.
Alleged Burge-era torture case falls through the cracks via
When turns up to the rehearsal room early and you turn the funk up to 11 this is the result.
Corey Batchelor, tortured by Chicago police as a youth & served time for a crime he didn't do, still waits 4 justice:
+ the 20 years of Jon Burge torture that State's Attorney Richard Daley knew about and ignored and then became mayor...
A reflection on the history of the movement to make Chicago pay for the crimes of former police commander Jon Burge
It seems reasonable that Chicago should invest as much in CPD torture reparations as it did in defending Jon Burge:
"Former Chicago Police Commissioner Jon Burge was released in October after running a torture ring that imprisoned over 100 black men."
It stands to reason Blacks get framed more than anyone else too.
Jon Burge paroled on Valentines Day. Where's the luv 4 torture survivors? Reparations now.
Human rights violations still go largely unpunished, less than 30 minutes from my house..
Jon Burge will be paroled on Valentine's Day & gets to keep his police pension while won't approve for his victims
Never forget Jon Burge of Chicago. Who tortured confessions from over 200 Black folks. From 1972 to 1991.
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Will we hear from you before 2/14 Jon Burge's release from house arrest about How long? Too long.
Dear Jon Burge will be released from house arrest on 2/14. How much longer must people he tortured wait for
Chicago Police Tortures that occurred under the command of Jon Burge is a crime!
cop tortured 118 black men by using electric cattle prod on genitals for confessions Do
Jon Burge is being paroled on Vday. Have a heart support the reparations ordinance.
Behind the Rampart Scandal in Los Angeles and the police tortures under the command of Jon Burge in Chicago, we...
Dear Torture Survivor, Torture victim family member, and the General Public:   On Thursday, June 5, 2014 a letter will be delivered to Chicago Aldermen Joe Moreno and Howard Brookins urging that they rescind the current ordinance granting reparations to all Chicago Police Torture victims and their families. The current ordinance which has passed the Committee on Finance, serves as a black eye and insult to all survivors and still incarcerated victims of Jon Burge torture scandal. It was last year when Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel stood before the city council apologizing to all torture victims under Burge. The City of Chicago had denied that tortures occurred for more then 42 years. The city denial that Burge and his subordinates tortured criminal suspects contributed to more then 200 African American and Latino men convictions and caused man to sit inside an Illinois prison for years and in some cases for decades.   The current ordinance calls for all torture victims and their families affected to be pro ...
BREAKING NEWS ALERT March 12, 2014 Loyola law school dean appointed to search for Jon Burge's alleged torture victims still in prison The presiding judge of the Cook County criminal division today has appointed the dean of Loyola University Chicago School of Law to identify any alleged torture victims of disgraced former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge who are still in prison.
This just in! Please sign the petition and attend this event, some of our blues music colleagues were victims of this regime. Dear creative activists and justice seekers: I’m writing because you’ve been a long-time supporter of the torture survivors and the work of the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials Project (CTJM), and because of your work and commitment on behalf of struggles for justice and human rights. If you visited Opening the Black Box: The Charge is Torture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Sullivan Galleries in 2012, you may recall that one of the speculative memorials was a draft of an ordinance that outlined what reparations could look like for those who suffered at the command of Jon Burge. We are happy to report that the idea of the ordinance has moved well beyond the “speculative.” Last fall, much ground was made in the fight to gain recognition and reparations for the Chicago Police torture survivors, including admission from Mayor Rahm Emanuel of the city’s rol ...
Chicago Tribune: Mayor Rahm Emanuel's apology for the abuses by former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge was "long overdue and entirely appropriate," Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Thursday. Preckwinkle was 4th Ward alderman for nearly two decades as much of the Burge-led torture of African-American suspects in police custody was coming to light. She said that even though those crimes took place long before Emanuel took office, it's important for the city's mayor to say he's sorry for what happened. "You've got to fess up and acknowledge the difficult, problematic parts of your own history if you're ever going to make any progress forward," she said. "Denial gets you nowhere. Refusing to acknowledge those reprehensible parts of our national or local history is self-destructive in the long run."
Beyond belief/// CHICAGO - Insisting the city needs to "move on," Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued a long-sought apology Wednesday to victims of a notorious police unit that for decades tortured suspects into admitting crimes. Lt. Jon Burge supervised a crew of detectives who beat and tortured mostly black criminal suspects into false confessions. Among the methods they used were applying cattle prods to genitals and putting plastic bags over suspects' heads to nearly suffocate them.
"Chicago taxpayers will spend $12.3 million to compensate two more exonerated inmates who claim they were tortured into false confessions by convicted former Area 2 Cmdr. Jon Burge, keeping former Mayor Richard M. Daley off the hot seat."
People injustice cost, the same way that it cost to CONTINUOUSLY fight for the freedom of people that have been affected as the result of injustice. Government remain to waste millions to prosecute innocent people!!! And to make trips back and forward to prisons and to organize effective protest to call attention to these serious acts of violatence and murders committed by Chicago Police Officers. Officer Kenneth Boudreau will be speaking at the Westin-Michigan hotel in August, 2013. This one detective have been accused of torturing over forty different men inside interrogation rooms to gain confessions. Boudreau remains on the Chicago police department. This is a true injustice. Boudreau must be held accountable. We all know about Jon Burge, but his subordinates are the one's that carried out many of the tortures under Burge command at area two and three violent crime unit. In order to raise money for this event in which the public will be welcome to join forces with us and to demand that this systematic ...
Former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge asked for it. So, too, did former Gov. George Ryan. And Springfield millionaire William Cellini. Now, it’s Jesse Jackson Jr. who will likely make the same pitch to a federal judge and that is: Give me a break on my sentence, I’m sick.
Special prosecutor ordered in alleged Jon Burge torture case overseen by Anita Alvarez
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is continuing the city’s tradition of refusing to apologize for the torture of scores of black men under police commander Jon Burge.
I just have to quote Chicago mag on their latest issue which has the article "The Power 100" Almost last place at number 99 "Anita Alvarez 53 DA Cook County Last year she seemed to defend police coercion in a disastrous 60 minutes interview and shrank from charging Richard Vanecko, the nephew of Richard M. Daly (no.52) with manslaughter-decisions that tarnished her once-rising star." My comments are I would love to see her in the same place as Jon Burge
CHICAGO — Decades after young black men in Chicago first began claiming that a white policeman shocked, burned and suffocated them to get confessions, former officer Jon Burge is headed to federal prison. He goes to serve to 4 1/2 years behind bars not as the decorated, tough detective who rose quickly in the department, but as a cancer patient with a drinking problem who is, by his own admission, broken. His name has become synonymous with out-of-control police in the country's third-largest city. U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow sentenced Burge on Friday, bringing an end to an ugly chapter in the city's racially charged history after he was convicted last summer of lying about the torture of suspects. Dozens of people – almost all of them black men – claimed for decades that Burge and his officers tortured them into confessing to crimes ranging from armed robbery to murder. While Burge's attorneys had asked for a lesser sentence, several victims and their supporters said Burge's punishment wasn't n ...
Nearly seven years after Christina Eilman wandered out of a South Side police station and into a catastrophe, her tragic entanglement with the Chicago Police Department began to come to an end Monday — with a proposed $22.5 million legal settlement that may be the largest the city ever offered to a single victim of police misconduct. Though the settlement is a staggering sum on its own, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration has placed a second eight-figure police settlement on Tuesday's City Council Finance Committee agenda. A $10.2 million settlement is proposed for one of the victims of notorious former police Cmdr. Jon Burge, bringing to nearly $33 million the amount aldermen could vote to pay victims of police misconduct in a single day. The latest Burge settlement would be for Alton Logan, who spent 26 years in prison for a murder he did not commit and who alleged in a federal lawsuit that Burge's team of detectives covered up evidence that would have exonerated him — a departure from previous case ...
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Farrakhan: Give justice to victims of police torture By Toure Muhammad | Last updated: May 13, 2009 - 10:33:13 AM Bookmark and Share What's your opinion on this article? Printer Friendly Page Farrakhan: Give justice to Cortez Brown, all victims of police torture in America CHICAGO (FinalCall.com) - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan urged the community to support Cortez Brown, who says he was tortured in 1990 by Chicago police officers who forced him to confess to two murders. Mr. Brown said he was 19-years-old at the time. Mr. Brown was sentenced to 35 years in one case and death (commuted to life in prison by former Gov. George Ryan) in the other. He maintains his innocence in both cases. His attorneys will be at the courthouse at 26th St. and California Avenue on April 29 attempting to convince a judge to subpoena former Chicago police department commander Jon Burge for questioning. Min. Farrakhan keynoted the April 25 rally attended by roughly 1,000 people and held at the Life Center Church of God ...
This the kind of thing that has be going on for decades! Being a victim of Jon Burge and cronies myself, I know just how the media,Police,and most of the judicial system covers tragedies like this up, because,most dirty cops become prosecutors,judges,and appeal judges. How can you ever win against this corrupt system? Let's not forget how Daley was once head of the state's Attorney. office, and help cover up a lot of Burge's dirt! We need to pull together and get answers for Johnny Morton, before we have more Travon Martin tragedies! People ask questions about this before it's too late. Once they get this guy behind bars, you can stick a fork in him!!! a few seconds ago
People all the fun! and games of this week is over it's time for us to hit the streets tonight at six at 35th and the red line el station. Many of you are complaining...only...ONLY complaining about your love one's being in prison for crimes they did not commit or that your love one was railroaded as the result of Jon Burge torture. If this is the case why not stand up against injustice for them? talking is not going to correct their situation. You need to take action and to take it now. Get up and put your mouth into action. 35th and the red line tonight at six join the Campaign to End Torture as we rally and march from 35th and the redline to 35th and Michigan ave., in Chicago. Justice comes when you want it...you must learn to demand it.
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