Jon Burge, disgraced former CPD commander, dead at 70


Jon Burge, disgraced former Chicago Police Commander is dead at 70. Burge and his tactics have been the center of several wrongful conviction lawsuits in recent years. The former Area 2 police commander and detectives under his watch were accused of torturing as many as 200 black suspects by using physical force, suffocation and electric shocks to coerce confessions during the 70's and 80's. Burge denied the allegations. He was fired from the department in 1993 and was allowed to keep his pension. He was never charged with torturing suspects, but In 2010, he was convicted in federal court for lying under oath about police torture in connection with a lawsuit and he was sentenced to four and a half years in prison.


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