Inmates with Torture Claims Against Chicago Police

March 30, 2011  |  

(AP) — A list of 18 current inmates in Illinois prisons who have alleged that former Chicago Police Lt. Jon Burge or his officers tortured them into confessions, as compiled by attorneys. Lawyers and advocates say anywhere from 16-24 men who claim to have been tortured by Burge or his officers are currently incarcerated in Illinois. The number is hard to nail down because each of them is represented by different lawyers, if they still have representation at all, and some have either finished their sentences or been released.

—Edward James: Sentenced to 60 years in prison for the armed robbery of a gas station along with James Lewis; claims police threatened him with a “horror chamber,” beat and choked him in 1979 to get a confession.

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