After former Chicago police commander Jon Burge was sentenced Friday to 4 1/2 years in prison for lying about his role in torturing criminal suspects, Mark Clements, an alleged victim of Burge's “midnight crew” of detectives who was freed after 28 years in prison, said, “This is ridiculous. This is a smack in the face once again to the African-American community.  This is a complete injustice,” the Chicago Tribune reports.
Clements, an alleged victim of Burge's “Midnight Crew” of detectives who was released after 28 years in prison, wasn't the only one in the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse who felt Burge got a light sentence. “What a shame that black folks get had again,” a man said as he left the courtroom after the sentencing. The disappointment of some of Burge's alleged victims stood in stark contrast to the reaction of their lawyers and prosecutors. They agreed that U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow's sentence delivered an unmistakable message that Burge — who has faced allegations of abuse from dozens of criminal suspects for decades — had finally been brought to justice.