1. The Ringleader: Jon Burge
An archive of articles by John Conroy on police torture and related issues
A cop killer who fought to expose torture in the Chicago Police Department has died, but his testimony from beyond the grave could still help bring down its perpetrators.
The city’s lawyers claim a gag order prevents them from discussing the strange deal they made to settle police torture lawsuits. There’s no order.
Since 2003 the city has paid some $7 million in legal fees to fight five police torture lawsuits it probably can’t win. The latest turn in this saga involves a secret settlement agreement designed to protect Daley.
Lawyers for police torture victims are trying to get Mayor Daley on the stand. We’ve got a few things to ask him too.
Officer Alvin Weems shot an unarmed man point-blank in view of CTA security cameras. Investigators recommended that he be fired. Phil Cline promoted him.
An Army Interrogator’s Story
Detective Frank Laverty did the right thing–and paidfor it for years.
The prosecutors who sent police torture victims to prison are now the judges who keep them there.
By trying so hard to keep his name out of the police torture report, Lawrence Hyman has made sure it’s a name we’ll always associate with police torture.
In “The Police Torture Scandal: A Who’s Who” [June 16] I inadvertently gave short shrift to two other journalists when describing the history of the torture allegations. In 1989 Rob Warden, of Northwestern’s Center on Wrongful Convictions, then editor of Chicago Lawyer, and journalist Mary Ann Williams first reported that torture had occurred at Area […]
5. Took the Fifth (Or Intend To)
6. Didn’t Take the Fifth
7. Can Do Something About It