Cop Who Oversaw Torture of 100+ Black Men in Chicago Jail Released After Just 4 Years
A former police commander who oversaw the torture of more than 100 African-American suspects in Chicago police custody has been released from prison after serving just 3.5 years.
On Thursday, 66-year-old Jon Burge was released from a minimum-security prison in North Carolina and will have to stay at a halfway house in Florida until his sentence runs out in February 2015.
In 2011, Burge was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice for lying about police torture.
Burge oversaw the torture of 118 black men in police custody in order to coerce confessions. About 20 of his victims remain in prison to this day and 65 claims of torture are being investigated by the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission.
This rogue group of cops has now cost the city of Chicago more than $120 million. About $67 million has already been paid out in settlements to torture victims. Another $22 million is still going to pension payouts to the cops that tortured the men. Another $20 million has been spent on legal funds to defend Burge and his accomplices and $15 million has been spent on investigating the extent of the torture.
Earlier this summer, Attorney General Lisa Madigan attempted to strip Burge of his $3,000 per month pension but was overruled by the Illinois Supreme Court which said it could not allow a “fundamental change” in the state’s pension code.
Madigan argued that Burge should be stripped of the pension because he was convicted but the court ruled they can’t do that because Burge gave his testimony after he had already retired.