Wednesday, May 17, 2006

David Orr's Letter in today's Defender on Burge, torture, and 35 years

Orr's letter in today's Defender. Not sure if it's published anywhere else (it should be!). The Foie Gras story may have gotton more coverage. Hopefully the full report will be released this Friday.
Dear Editor,

Back in 2002, a Cook County judge appointed special prosecutors to investigate the allegations of torture against former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge.

Now, four years and $5.5 million later, the prosecutors want to release their findings. Not surprisingly, attorneys for Burge and other former officers, accused of using electric shock and suffocation techniques on suspects, don’t want the report to be made public.

For those keeping track, it’s been 13 years since Burge was fired for torturing Andrew Wilson while Wilson was in police custody more than 25 years ago. The allegations of torture surfaced some 35 years ago. Beginning to see a pattern?

These allegations and attempts to cover them up smelled back then just as they do today. After decades of being denied the complete truth about Burge’s alleged atrocities, the public has a right to finally hear it - now.

I applaud the city’s African American aldermen for providing leadership on this issue - one that impacts all of us.

David Orr

Cook County Clerk


cross posted at Illinoiz

1 comment:

Pat Hickey said...

If my arithmetic is not too flawed:
Lt. Burge would have been inflicting pain upon prisoners in 1987, but he was not fired until 1993.

Let's see:

1981 -Burge tortures Wilson and Jane Byrne is Mayor.

1983 - 1987 - Lt. Burge is still on the job and Harold washington is Mayor.

1987- Lt. Burge is still on the job and David Orr is Mayor

I hope we get some answers.