View Full Version : Fall from grace.

01-23-2011, 06:38 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Ex-Chicago policeman jailed for lying about torture
Fri, Jan 21 2011

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday sentenced former Chicago police commander Jon Burge to 4 1/2 years in prison for lying about the use of police torture to gain confessions.

Burge, 63 and suffering from prostate cancer, was convicted in June of two counts of obstruction of justice and one count of perjury for lying in a 2003 civil lawsuit brought by a victim of police torture.

Burge was dismissed from the police department in 1993, but was never convicted of actually torturing suspects before the statute of limitations expired. Instead, he was charged and convicted of lying under questioning in civil suits brought by victims.

Burge and detectives under his command were suspected of forcing confessions from black suspects by using electric shocks delivered with a homemade device, suffocation with plastic typewriter covers, and mock executions.

<span style='font-size: 20pt'>"Jon Burge shocked me and suffocated me and forced me into confessing to a murder I did not do," </span>said Anthony Holmes, one of Burge's alleged victims, testifying during the two-day hearing.

"Why did you do this?" asked Holmes. "Why did he take a false statement? He was supposed to be the law."

Police torture in Chicago has drawn condemnation from the United Nations, led to increased scrutiny of the death penalty for confessed murderers, cast a cloud over the police department and cost the city of Chicago tens of millions of dollars in settlements. </div></div>

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> His fall from grace can be traced to Feb. 9, 1982, when two police officers, 34-year-old William Fahey and 33-year-old Richard O'Brien, pulled over a Chevrolet Impala for a traffic stop.

One of the two men in the car stripped Fahey of his weapon and shot him in the head and O'Brien in the chest. The shootings brought to four the number of officers fatally shot in Chicago that month. Emotions ran hot.

Five days after the shootings, police brought Andrew Wilson in for questioning.

Thirteen hours later, he confessed. He emerged from the interrogation with severe bruising and cuts on his head, a torn retina, burns on his chest and thighs and U-shaped marks on his body. Officers at the jail refused to accept him for fear they would be blamed.

He was convicted and sentenced to death, but the Illinois Supreme Court threw out his confession and ordered a new trial, ruling: "The evidence here shows clearly that when the defendant was arrested at 5:15 a.m. on Feb. 14, he may have received a cut above his right eye but that he had no other injuries.

"It is equally clear that when the defendant was taken by police officers to Mercy Hospital sometime after ten o'clock that night he had about fifteen separate injuries on his head, chest and leg. The inescapable conclusion is that the defendant suffered his injuries while in police custody that day."

<u>Convicted at retrial, Wilson was sentenced to life without parole</u></div></div>

He should be hanged,............ slowly.

How can you put an innocent man in prison for the rest of his life and still aleep at night?

Q.......... link (http://truthinjustice.org/jon-burge.htm)

link (http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE70K7MJ20110121)

01-23-2011, 07:01 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Qtec</div><div class="ubbcode-body">
He should be hanged,............ slowly.


Yet another of our leftist friends advocating torture, even as they are complaining about torture.


01-23-2011, 07:19 AM
He should fave whatever the law calls for.

This is America ... we don't go much for that brown shirt goose stepping vigilante justice like the Euros have been so keen on in the past.


01-23-2011, 10:47 AM
I dont think the ex cop will do well in jail.

01-23-2011, 09:05 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: pooltchr</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Qtec</div><div class="ubbcode-body">
He should be hanged,............ slowly.


Yet another of our leftist friends advocating torture, even as they are complaining about torture.

Steve </div></div>

Not torture, execution.

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">His fall from grace can be traced to Feb. 9, <span style='font-size: 14pt'>1982 </span></div></div>

As usual you probably didn't read the link.

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Police denied using torture. Other prisoners came forward, saying they had suffered similar treatment. A judge ultimately awarded Wilson $1-million.

The attention spawned more cases.

"<span style='font-size: 14pt'>It has been for many years an open secret that at the police headquarters where Burge worked, a large number of African-American citizens were detained and subjected to horrific forms of abuse,</span>" said Locke Bowman, legal director of the MacArthur Justice Center at the University of Chicago and a lawyer for a man who says Burge's detectives abused him.

Amnesty International asked for an independent investigation, calling the treatment "a clear violation of international law."

An investigator for the police department's professional standards office reviewed 50 complaints of abuse against Burge and his officers - electric shock, beatings, jabs with a cattle prod, pistols jammed in mouths in a mock execution, suffocations - and declared that the abuse was "systematic."

<span style='font-size: 20pt'>As many as 108 men have accused Burge and his detectives of <u>torturing confessions from them</u> </span></div></div>

<span style='font-size: 26pt'>108</span> innocent men locked up in prison. Some for more than 20 years.

Hanging is too good for this guy and he gets 4 1/2 years?
I remember reading a story about a black guy getting life for stealing a $50 camera! [ that stupid political 3 strikes law]

This POS have been allowing torture on American citizens and you can't see the problem. I bet you would if the cattle prod was up you're a$$.

First they came...........


01-23-2011, 09:09 PM
The man def needs to pay.
Unfortunately it will not bring back time for the innocents.