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Govt Pays Millions in Reparations to 57 Victims of Worst Cop in History – Who Still Receives a Pension


Chicago, IL — Responsible for torturing more than 200 people to obtain false confessions, former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge has cost the city and Cook County over $100 million in legal fees and settlements. On Monday, the city of Chicago paid out $5.5 million in reparations to 57 of Burge’s victims, while the corrupt former police commander continues to receive his $4,000 monthly pension from the city.

Between 1972 and 1991, Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge and his men tortured hundreds of people to extract forced confessions from them. Up to 200 torture victims have accused Burge of using cattle prods on their genitals, plastic bags to cause suffocation, phone books to strike their heads, burning them on radiators, and forcing guns into their mouths during interrogations. Suspended from the department in 1991, Burge was fired two years later after the Police Department Review Board ruled that he had tortured hundreds of people.

In 1973, Burge and his men arrested Anthony Holmes before torturing him at the police station. After hooking him up to an electrical box and placing a bag over his head, the officers repeatedly electrocuted Holmes until forcing a false homicide confession from him. Holmes spent 30 years in prison for a murder that he did not commit because Burge tortured a confession out of him instead of tracking down the real killer.

Due to the fact that the Cook County District Attorney’s Office and the Chicago Police Department both turned a blind eye to Burge’s human rights violations, the statute of limitations allowed him to get away with torturing 200 people. During his two decades on the force, Burge received 13 commendations and a letter of praise from the Department of Justice before his termination.

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In October 2008, the Justice Department finally charged Burge with two counts of obstruction of justice and one count of perjury. Because U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald could not charge him with 20 years of torture, Burge was eventually convicted of providing false statements in a civil lawsuit alleging his use of torture. Although he was sentenced to four and a half years in federal prison, Burge continues to collect his $4,000 monthly pension from the city.

Last spring, the City Council agreed to make Chicago the nation’s first major city to pay reparations 44 years after the first known instance of torture committed by Burge and his men. After Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the creation of a $5.5 million city fund for Burge’s victims, the former police commander condemned the decision by stating, “I find it hard to believe that the city’s political leadership could even contemplate giving `Reparations’ to human vermin.”

On Monday, 57 of Burge’s torture victims each received $100,000 from the city of Chicago. Since a few victims had already received previous settlements, those amounts were deducted from their shares. Family members of deceased Burge victims were ineligible for financial reparations but were still eligible for non-financial reparations, including prioritized access to senior care services, health services, job training, small business assistance, and specialized counseling services.

Besides formally apologizing and paying the reparations, the city has also agreed to begin teaching students about Burge’s legacy of corruption in Chicago’s public schools. Beginning this school year, eighth- and tenth-grade students will examine Burge’s crimes in U.S. History in regards to police brutality and the violation of constitutional rights.

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Instead of showing an ounce of competence, Burge and his officers forced confessions out of innocent people resulting in numerous overturned convictions. Although he failed to protect the streets of Chicago, Burge did inadvertently cause many police departments to adopt the policy of mandated video interrogations. Although most government employees are not required to wear cameras and record their actions, cops have proven over and over again that they simply cannot be trusted.

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  • ohhh Chicago…

  • Fired!! Make him dig his own grave too

  • Always end the day with a positive thought. No matter how hard things were. Tomorrow’s a fresh opportunity to make it better.

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  • “We’re sorry if this disturbs you” Why? Did you make this cops do this? I don’t think so. Stop being weak. Tell the truth. Don’t apologize for it, just tell it em’ kay.

  • “we are trying” WTF does this mean? We ARE growing.

  • The truth is at WAR with lies and misinformation. This is the nature of truth. WAR.

  • Well, your shitty popup kept me from reading further

  • It’s time to just give filthy corrupt scum like that a bullet in the head, these scumbags are out of control

  • I would say he better move far far away, all them victim’s might decide to save the taxpayers alot of money by expiring him.

  • He needs to go to the long sleep!

  • Usually the tax victims never hear about these huge settlements. Taxes go up to pay for these shenanigans and people just wonder why. These bad apples are far more expensive than people realize, thanks to the secrecy afforded to the offenders. This is just one example out of tens of thousands. Lucky for the tax thieves the tax victims don’t ever catch on.

  • Unreal. Personified evil.

  • He still collects a pension from the city

  • The love of money is the root of evil!

  • Another sick BASTARD with a badge

  • if you’re not gonna post his address you’re just stirring the pot

  • Violent criminal, protected and payed for by your government.

  • Evil just oozes out of him… Why isn’t there a Dexter type guy, taking names and making visits?

  • Have you been to Wisconsin?

  • again, pink men are evil

  • or as republicans would say, our hero

  • Please Die

  • Chris Christies running mate?
    They seem like a good pair of partners. Corruption Inc.

  • Sounds like modern cops idolize the shitpile.

  • Did they RELEASE those innocent men put in jail? nooo…..Did they take his pension off him? nooo was JUSTICE done then? NOOOOOOOO

  • The government didn’t pay for anything. It was the taxpayers, once again, that footed the bill for this criminal!
    Want this to stop?
    Then damages need to come from the assets, houses, pensions, 401ks, of the criminal government employees, then their complicit unions, then their departments.
    Once ALL of their possessions are seized and auctioned, look to the taxpayer.

  • worst cop in history? i think you give the commander too much credit…

  • where are our reparations from those who lied about WW2?

  • Fuck all police

  • Government pays? Are you kidding me? TAXPAYERS PAY.

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  • Wendy Colby

    So according to Rahm Emmanuel innocent people tortured into confessions are human vermin?I hope the “vermin” remember that at election time.