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!

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Eden Berke
Shea Petersen
Abby Spradlin
Fay-Ling Laures
Brad Jimenez
La'Rie Suttle
Maritza Yepez
lindsay henderson
lyn smith
Lauren Wooten
Emily Hellendoorn
Beth Yahne
Josiah Miller
Ben Long
Rebecca Pasley
Iris Johnson
Tim Kim
Anne West
Gillian Knight
Adie Tuohey
Indalesio Tellez
Maya Sagarin
Cache Petters-Matthews
Paige Benner
Lena Nguyen
Tommie-Lee O’Brien
Girum Yaye
Cody Bryant
Matthew Anticoli
Eric Streichert
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  • Eden Berke
    signed 2020-08-11 19:55:06 -0500
  • Shea Petersen
    signed 2020-08-11 18:30:11 -0500
    Free them all who are wrongfully incarcerated
  • Abby Spradlin
    signed 2020-08-11 17:01:46 -0500
  • Fay-Ling Laures
    signed 2020-08-11 13:09:11 -0500
  • Brad Jimenez
    signed 2020-08-11 12:01:12 -0500
  • La'Rie Suttle
    signed 2020-08-10 21:47:33 -0500
  • Maritza Yepez
    signed 2020-08-10 13:46:13 -0500
  • lindsay henderson
    signed 2020-08-10 13:41:20 -0500
  • lyn smith
    signed 2020-08-09 09:09:27 -0500
  • Lauren Wooten
    signed 2020-08-08 16:15:10 -0500
  • Emily Hellendoorn
    signed 2020-08-08 11:56:28 -0500
  • Beth Yahne
    signed 2020-08-08 10:49:25 -0500
  • Josiah Miller
    signed 2020-08-07 15:34:53 -0500
  • Ben Long
    signed via 2020-08-06 07:03:34 -0500
  • Rebecca Pasley
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  • Iris Johnson
    signed 2020-08-04 21:09:23 -0500
  • Tim Kim
    signed 2020-08-04 20:21:18 -0500
  • Anne West
    signed 2020-08-04 20:16:53 -0500
  • Gillian Knight
    signed 2020-08-04 20:06:47 -0500
    Free survivors of police torture, every moment they are away from their loved ones and support is a tragic. Free them all!
  • Adie Tuohey
    signed 2020-08-03 18:56:27 -0500
  • Indalesio Tellez
    signed 2020-08-01 17:06:50 -0500
  • Maya Sagarin
    signed 2020-08-01 15:24:22 -0500
  • Cache Petters-Matthews
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  • Paige Benner
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  • Lena Nguyen
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  • Tommie-Lee O’Brien
    signed 2020-07-31 12:15:54 -0500
  • Girum Yaye
    signed 2020-07-30 21:55:44 -0500
  • Cody Bryant
    signed 2020-07-30 21:03:05 -0500
  • Matthew Anticoli
    signed 2020-07-30 20:05:05 -0500
  • Eric Streichert
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