August 9, 2016 by socialaction2014
In the city of Chicago it remains to suffer as the remain of the strain that was left upon it as the result of Jon Burge and his subordinates that intentionally and deliberately took African American and Latino men to Chicago area police stations to extract confessions from them through acts of systematic torture. Most of the men complain of being taken primarily to area two and three violent crime units that were located on the southside of Chicago, held within the police stations incommunicado and tortured to confess.
Tortures under the command of Burge was first reported in 1972 and occurred at area two violent crime unit while at 90th and Cottage Grove Ave., until it moved to East 111th Street. Men and women complained of being taken to area two and having their genitals, testicles, grabbed, squeezed, electrically shocked, beat, beatings with telephone books, batons, water hoses, having plastic typewriter covers placed over their heads, claims of russian roulette with weapons placed to their heads, cattle ponds Inserted it into their rectums, and each were subject to racial epithets.
These patterns of torture were widespread involving cases that Burge were assigned to investigate. Most victims of Burge resided in crime controlled communities, they were mostly people that had brushes with the law, who would not be suspected of being mistreated by police as some were involved with street gangs. Throughout Burge career he often was transferred among area two and three violent crime unit. Area three was located at 39th and California Ave., until it moved to Belmont and Western.
Some believe that from 1972 until 1991, that Burge tortured 119 men and women inside Chicago police Station interrogation rooms to gain confessions to crimes that occurred across the city. Burge behavior was under the microscope as early as the late 1970’s, however did not surface more publicly until after the arrest of Andrew and Jackie Wilson two south side brothers that were accused of killing two Chicago Police Officers in 1982. Both were taken to Chicago area police stations and tortured to confess. Andrew suffered injury that required immediate hospitalization. It was clear and to the point he had been tortured by police. Through the discovery stage of a Civil rights lawsuit on the behalf of Andrew attorneys from the People’s Law Office started to receive anonymous letters revealing additional victims of Burge and some of the detectives that were playing roles under Burge command to extract illegal confessions from criminal suspects at area two and three violent crime units.
Mostly all victims of Burge were convicted of crimes that were pinned on the men through systematic acts of torture to product confessions that were used against them in a court of law, in some cases absent a witness or credible evidence. Despite the fact that Burge was fired from the Chicago police Department in 1993, tortures remained to occur primarily by his subordinates that remained to bounce between area two and three violent crime units. The city of Chicago repeatedly denied that tortures were occurring inside Chicago police stations despite clear and convincing evidence.
Today it’s estimated that Jon Burge and his subordinates tortured more than 200 African American and Latino men and women, with over 100 remaining incarcerated inside Illinois state prisons. Its also known that several abuse and torture rings likewise operated inside westside police stations that primarily abused black, hispanic, mexican and latinos in similar fashion to Burge.
Children as young as 13 years old was tortured. Marcus Wiggins was just 13 years old when he was electrically shocked, beat, and tortured physically and psychologically to confess to a south side murder in 1991. Anthony Jakes was just 15 years old when beat and tortured inside a police station interrogation room to confess to a murder in 1991. Tyshawn Ross 16 years old taken to a Chicago police station and tortured to confess to a double murder that occurred on the south side in 1991. Johnny Plummer 15 years old taken to a Chicago police station, physically and psychologically abused to confess to a south side murder in 1991. Harold Hill 16 years old taken to a Chicago police station and tortured to confess to a south side murder in 1992. Carl Williams taken to a Chicago police station where he was physically and psychologically tortured to confess to a double murder that occurred on the southside of Chicago in 1994. Mark Clements 16 years old taken to a Chicago police station and tortured to confess to an arson fire that killed 4 people in 1981. AL Travis 15 years old taken to a Chicago police station and smacked, kicked, beaten in the back, called racial degrading names to confess to a 1980 murder. Kids, men and women were tortured, above are all juveniles that were tortured. Some remain incarcerated.
The city of Chicago have finally admitted that tortures did in fact occur under the command of Burge and his subordinates, however it is still a struggle to win hearings for all the men that have been tortured and remain incarcerated. Despite the city of Chicago admission, that tortures occurred, courts remain to be reluctant to grant hearings on their claim of torture, forcing them to go before a panel that take years to even consider their claim. Never have the children and family services investigated any claim of torture against the city of Chicago despite claims of torture being made by youth as early as 1980. Today I am requesting you to write a letter to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and urge them to consider men and women claims of abuse at the hands of Chicago police. I want you to use the hashtag #tortureisacrime and post about Chicago police torture, and take time to write one of the remaining victims of torture. See: the attachment with the appropriate addresses.
Thank you all for your participation. With your support and unity we will be be able to knock down the doors of injustice that have affected some of these men for over 30 decades.
Sincerely: Mark A. Clements, Torture Survivor &National Board Member / President of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty