Demand Pardons for all Police Torture Survivors

Petition to Demand Governor Pritkzer Pardon All Police Torture Survivors

By the Campaign to Free All Incarcerated Survivors of Police Torture (CFIST), initiated by the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (click here for the list of CFIST endorsers)


Illinois is the only state in the United States that has a Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission (TIRC), created by statute and appointed by the Governor of Illinois, to address a systemic pattern of police torture of mostly Black and Latinx men going back to at least the 1980s.  Chicago is the only city in the United States that has, by city ordinance, apologized for this systemic torture and wrongful conviction of men and women. As part of the reparations package to address this grave injustice, public schools in Chicago are required to teach the history of Chicago police torture in 8th and 12th grades. 

However, many police torture survivors remain in prison decades later, serving life sentences without the possibility of parole. To date, 120 cases of police torture have been acknowledged by the Governor’s Torture Commission. Some of these men – like Gerald Reed – have had their original convictions vacated due to evidence of torture and still remain in prison while their cases wind their way through the courts – a process that can take 10-15 years!  On top of that, the Torture Commission has a backlog of 540 cases. At its current rate, the Commission will take another 50 years to review these cases. How many more wrongfully convicted men and women will die in prison in that time? 

Governor Pritzker has the power to right this wrong with the stroke of a pen and use his executive authority to release those who have been wrongfully convicted due to police torture. Governor Pritzker, the people of Illinois call on you to use your power and pardon all police torture survivors now, before it’s too late!

Who's signing

Karen Olson
Nick Carchidi
Julie Schmerbeck
Jessie Feigert
Maggie Grossman
Nathan Treme
Scott Jarvis
Melissa Pinkerton
Colin Sphar
Nikta Pirouz
Daniel Stribling
Cassandra OKeefe
Melissa Villa
Esther Hernandez
Nelson Gonzalez
Val Love
Douglas Faatiliga
Kelly Rigg
Jennifer Wiegele
Florinda Arrieta
Mark Clements
Christine DeAlba
Theo Zucker
Daniel Collins
Kaela McDonough
Audra Kincart
Gwen DArcangelis
Colleen Feehan
Mark Maxwell
Patrick Budde
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  • Karen Olson
    signed 2020-06-30 10:14:06 -0500
  • Nick Carchidi
    signed 2020-06-30 08:50:11 -0500
  • Julie Schmerbeck
    signed 2020-06-29 21:32:45 -0500
  • Jessie Feigert
    signed 2020-06-29 21:13:57 -0500
  • Maggie Grossman
    signed 2020-06-29 20:55:31 -0500
  • Nathan Treme
    signed 2020-06-29 20:32:42 -0500
  • Scott Jarvis
    signed 2020-06-29 20:12:55 -0500
  • Melissa Pinkerton
    signed 2020-06-29 19:40:05 -0500
  • Colin Sphar
    signed 2020-06-29 19:39:18 -0500
  • Nikta Pirouz
    signed 2020-06-29 19:39:11 -0500
  • Daniel Stribling
    signed 2020-06-29 19:38:16 -0500
  • Cassandra OKeefe
    signed via 2020-06-27 12:05:13 -0500
    Cassandra OKeefe
  • Melissa Villa
    signed via 2020-06-26 20:27:19 -0500
  • Esther Hernandez
    signed via 2020-06-26 20:25:38 -0500
  • Nelson Gonzalez
    signed via 2020-06-26 20:15:16 -0500
  • Val Love
    signed via 2020-06-26 20:01:20 -0500
    Javan Deloney is my nephew and a Jon Burge torture Survivor whose also innocent but while on the subject freethemall this has been on death ears far too long the city has apologized and why are these people still lingering
  • Douglas Faatiliga
    signed via 2020-06-26 19:58:47 -0500
  • Kelly Rigg
    signed via 2020-06-26 19:49:44 -0500
    They should be released and the police involved should serve the same amount of years in prison as the ones they tortured
  • Jennifer Wiegele
    signed via 2020-06-26 19:36:35 -0500
  • Florinda Arrieta
    signed via 2020-06-26 19:31:53 -0500
  • Mark Clements
    signed 2020-06-26 18:00:26 -0500
    Torture is a crime!
  • Christine DeAlba
    signed 2020-06-24 16:53:04 -0500
    Christine DeAlba
  • Theo Zucker
    signed 2020-06-23 10:45:24 -0500
  • Daniel Collins
    signed 2020-06-22 23:01:15 -0500
  • Kaela McDonough
    signed 2020-06-22 14:25:31 -0500
    Kaela McDonough
  • Audra Kincart
    signed 2020-06-19 14:53:34 -0500
  • Gwen DArcangelis
    signed 2020-06-17 12:35:08 -0500
  • Colleen Feehan
    signed 2020-06-17 06:10:49 -0500
  • Mark Maxwell
    signed 2020-06-12 17:43:45 -0500
    Mark Maxwell
  • Patrick Budde
    signed 2020-06-12 10:42:43 -0500