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

Deborah Fields
April Ward
Sean Kase
Aarmanda Shackelford
Dolores Pino
Deena Uzzell
Meredith George
Ruth Oppenheim-Rothschild
Lisa Oppenheim
Cooper Foszcz
Margaret -Betsy- Rubin
Lori Ashikawa
Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth
Casey Whisler
Camille Brown
Jacqui Zeng
Sherry Conroy
Avalon Betts-Gaston
Elizabeth Punch
Anna Schibrowsky
Mark Garcia
Hope Asya
Rachael Perrotta
Julie Kosowski
Larissa Ryan
Zipporah Goldenfeld
Paul Marcinkowski
William Ippen
Bertha Escamilla
Sofia Serrano
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  • Deborah Fields
    signed 2021-04-13 18:32:43 -0500
  • April Ward
    signed 2021-04-12 18:49:15 -0500
  • Sean Kase
    signed 2021-04-08 16:04:43 -0500
  • Aarmanda Shackelford
    signed 2021-04-08 10:23:50 -0500
    Governor Pritkzer. I would like to thank you in advance for giving pardons to all wrongfully convicted men and women. God bless you.
  • Dolores Pino
    signed 2021-04-07 21:27:49 -0500
  • Deena Uzzell
    signed 2021-04-06 16:49:22 -0500
  • Meredith George
    signed 2021-04-05 20:56:34 -0500
  • Ruth Oppenheim-Rothschild
    signed 2021-04-05 12:18:35 -0500
  • Lisa Oppenheim
    signed 2021-04-05 11:21:38 -0500
    Thank you for releasing Mr Reed from his unjust sentence. Restitution is now required. Please take bold brave action and release all imprisoned victims of police torture.
  • Cooper Foszcz
    signed 2021-04-05 09:24:45 -0500
    To Governor Pritzker—I admire the willingness to free Gerald Reed as a torture survivor who was coerced into a false confession to save political face for CPD. But the work doesn’t stop there; equality and social justice for those who have been inhumanely punished by the very hands who are sworn to “serve and protect” requires YOUR guidance and action. We must free all police torture survivors as one of many steps towards criminal justice reform.

    Thanks for your consideration.

  • Margaret -Betsy- Rubin
    signed via 2021-04-02 09:48:53 -0500
  • Lori Ashikawa
    signed 2021-04-01 23:16:01 -0500
  • Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth
    signed via 2021-04-01 22:58:07 -0500
    thank you for your organizing
  • Casey Whisler
    signed 2021-04-01 22:52:26 -0500
  • Camille Brown
    signed via 2021-04-01 22:44:54 -0500
  • Jacqui Zeng
    signed 2021-04-01 22:36:08 -0500
  • Sherry Conroy
    signed 2021-04-01 22:31:30 -0500
  • Avalon Betts-Gaston
    signed 2021-04-01 22:29:59 -0500
  • Elizabeth Punch
    signed via 2021-04-01 21:58:50 -0500
  • Anna Schibrowsky
    signed via 2021-04-01 21:55:36 -0500
  • Mark Garcia
    signed via 2021-04-01 21:51:51 -0500
  • Hope Asya
    signed via 2021-04-01 21:44:42 -0500
    Free them all!
  • Rachael Perrotta
    signed 2021-04-01 21:42:01 -0500
  • Julie Kosowski
    signed 2021-03-29 18:06:33 -0500
  • Larissa Ryan
    signed 2021-03-28 15:56:31 -0500
  • Zipporah Goldenfeld
    signed 2021-03-28 12:46:10 -0500
  • Paul Marcinkowski
    signed 2021-03-23 21:52:58 -0500
  • William Ippen
    signed 2021-03-23 11:38:14 -0500
    How have these men not been pardoned yet? Shameful!
  • Bertha Escamilla
    signed 2021-03-22 15:42:32 -0500
  • Sofia Serrano
    signed 2021-03-10 13:22:36 -0600