September 30, 2021
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Who Was Jon Burge?
⟶ Updated 15 Dec 2018 ⟶
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Enlisted in the army reserve
Volunteered to go to Vietnam for the 2nd time
Burge was honorably discharged from the Army.
Became a police officer
Promoted to detective
Promoted to commander of the Bomb and Arson Unit
Became Area 3 (Brighton Park) detective commander
Use of torture began
His most serious abuses occurred
Andrew Wilson was convicted of police killings due to the post-torture confession and given a death penalty sentence.
Supreme Court overturned victim Andrew Wilson's conviction. Wilson had been convicted of murder based on his post-torture confession.
Andrew Wilson filed a civil suit against four detectives (including Burge), a former police superintendent, and the City of Chicago.
Gregory Banks, a convicted felon, filed a civil suit for $16 million in damages against Burge.
Marcus Wiggins filed a third suit against Burge and the city for police torture at the age of 13.
Burge was suspended for 30 days
The Chicago Police Board set a hearing to formalize the firing of Burge based on accounts of brutality
During the hearings, several alleged victims testified against Burge.
Chicago Police Board found Burge guilty of "physically abusing" an accused murderer.
Chicago Police Board ordered Burge's firing from the police force.
An investigation concluded that Burge and his detectives engaged in "methodical" and "systematic" torture.
Lawyers called for a special review of convictions extracted by Burge and his colleagues.
Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. issued a press release calling Mayor Daley culpable, possibly even criminally culpable, for his failure to prosecute until the statute of limitations had run out.
Burge was served with a subpoena to testify before a grand jury in an ongoing criminal investigation of police torture.
The special review of Burge revealed that in three of the cases, prosecutors could have proved, beyond a reasonable doubt in court, that torture by the police had occurred; five former officers including Burge were involved.
Burge moved to Apollo Beach Florida
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