Before Abu Ghraib, there was Area 2.
October 21, 2008 11:34 AM Subscribe
For nearly 20 years, Chicago has known about police torture of suspects.
Torture at the city's notorious Area 2, under Commander Jon Burge
, resulted in numerous false confessions in the 1980s, including the men who became known as the Death Row 10
. The Death Row 10 case was among the reasons former Gov. George Ryan's called a moratorium
on capital punishment in Illinois in 2000 and pardoned four
in 2003. Burge, fired in 1993, retired to Florida on his police pension, where he seemed to escape any measure of justice. Until today
The archive of the excellent investigative reporting by the Chicago Reader's John Conroy (previously
) is here
. (link disclosure: I was an activist around the Death Row 10 case and others in the 1990s, and contrubuted to material that may still be found on the Campaign to End the Death Penalty site.)