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Wed May 6, 2015, 11:18 AM

Chicago agrees to pay $5.5m to victims of police torture in 1970s and 80s

Source: The Guardian

Chicago agrees to pay $5.5m to victims of police torture in 1970s and 80s

Zach Stafford in Chicago and Joanna Walters in New York
Wednesday 6 May 2015 17.00 BST

Chicago approved an unprecedented deal on Wednesday to compensate victims tortured in police custody in the 1970s and 80s under the regime of a notorious former police commander, in an attempt to close a dark chapter in the city’s history.

A historic package of reparations will be paid out to living survivors, in the first gesture of its kind in America.

Chicago city council voted to award a total of $5.5m to help survivors, almost all African American men, who were mistreated in a long episode of police brutality that ran throughout the 70s and 80s under Jon Burge.

The funds will be used to pay up to $100,000 per individual for living survivors with valid claims to have been tortured in police custody during Burge’s command.

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Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/may/06/chicago-police-torture-victims-deal

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Wed May 13, 2015, 11:24 PM

1. That's frightening. n/t

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