Chicago Police Torture Inquiry Finds New Evidence Against ‘Midnight Crew’


The Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission found credible evidence that Chicago detectives working on the infamous “midnight crew” of disgraced former Commander John Burge had tortured four crime suspects into confessing to murders for which they were sentenced to long prison terms, reports the Chicago Tribune. The cases will now be assigned to a Cook County Criminal Court judge to decide whether a new trial is warranted.

The commission has found 17 credible instances of torture since it began inquiries in 2011, and investigations into more than 100 additional claims continue. Burge, who was forced out of the Police Department nearly 20 years ago because of mounting evidence of torture, is serving a 4 1/2-year sentence in federal prison for lying under oath about his knowledge of the torture.

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