Jon Burge

Newspapers are reporting former Chicago police commander, Jon Burge, long accused of torturing suspects, has died.

For background on the claims against Burge, see the archive of articles in the Chicago Reader and John Conroy’s book. For the lost history of police torture in Chicago before Jon Burge, see my book.

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Writer. Formerly civil rights attorney. Currently professor. Working on new book about mental disability and criminal law in the 20th century.

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