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Beyond the Usual Beating: The Jon Burge Police Torture Scandal and Social Movements for Police Accountability in Chicago

Andrew S. Baer

Abstract

From 1972 to 1991 and beyond, detectives working under the supervision of Chicago police commander Jon Burge tortured or otherwise coerced confessions from over 118 black criminal suspects at Area 2 and Area 3 headquarters on the city’s South and Southwest Sides. As early as 1990, an internal investigator concluded, “The type of abuse described was not limited to the usual beating, but went into such esoteric areas as psychological techniques and planned torture.” Seeking to clear cases and punish wrongdoers, Burge and his crew regularly employed deception, threats, discomfort, mental stress, ... More

Keywords: Chicago, police, torture, Jon Burge, social movements, accountability, race, mass incarceration, criminal justice, carceral state

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226700472
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226700502.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew S. Baer, author
University of Alabama at Birmingham