The four-year investigation focused on allegations that 148 black men were tortured in Chicago police interrogation rooms in the 1970s and '80s. The men claimed detectives under the command of Lt. Jon Burge beat them, used electric shocks, played mock Russian roulette and started to smother at least one to elicit confessions. No one has ever been charged, but Burge was fired after a police board found he had abused a suspect in custody. His attorney has said Burge never tortured anyone. The report released Wednesday also faulted procedures followed by the Cook County State's Attorney's office and the police department at the time of the alleged abuse, saying they were "inadequate in some respects" but had since improved.I'm glad this issue was investigated. It's no wonder so many groups continue to view the police with suspicion and mistrust. If this problem was that widespread in Chicago, I can't imagine how many other men were tortured in the name of law enforcement around the country.
Unfortunately, the stereotypes that made police detectives feel they had the right to "get tough" with certain suspects in order to get the results they wanted aren't gone.
This information on police misconduct makes me more concerned than ever about the ability to trust that the the death penalty is being applied only to those guilty as charged and without bias toward those most vulnerable to being abused by the system that is supposed to protect us all.
In response to a comment asking why I, as a rape victim, don't want these terrible men off the street, I posted a long comment that expands on my beliefs on this subject.
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