In First For U.S. City, Chicago Paying $5.5M Reparations For Police Torture


For civil rights attorney Flint Taylor, the pursuit of former Chicago police Commander Jon Burge and the torture of African Americans spanned a good portion of his career, nearly three decades in which disbelief that detectives abused suspects gave way to acceptance and legal defeats became victories, says the Chicago Tribune. For Chicago corporation counsel Stephen Patton, dealings with the Burge cases have taken over four years. Yet those torture claims had become a stain on the city and a source of tension with African-Americans. His boss, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, wanted to put the long-standing scandal to rest.

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