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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Veena Villivalam
Doreen Moore
Iqra Bhatti
Peter Klett
Jessica Heuer
Maria Acosta
kyan dwyer
Kiah Sandler
Ej Cosby
April Ward
Isobel Duncan
Leonardo Wiley
Adrianna Perez
Mercedes Cervantes
Sarah Glazer
Karen Kinderman
emeline brady
neriman mohammad
Steven Keiser
Jeremiah Davis
Teri Watkins
Lydia Kurtz
Phillip Stosberg
Mary Paulson
Deborah Fields
Sean Kase
Aarmanda Shackelford
Dolores Pino
Deena Uzzell
Meredith George
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  • Veena Villivalam
    signed 2021-05-04 23:12:59 -0500
  • Doreen Moore
    signed 2021-05-04 18:20:55 -0500
  • Iqra Bhatti
    signed 2021-05-04 14:43:51 -0500
  • Peter Klett
    signed 2021-05-03 14:57:46 -0500
  • Jessica Heuer
    signed 2021-05-01 07:39:47 -0500
  • Maria Acosta
    signed 2021-04-28 20:58:47 -0500
  • kyan dwyer
    signed 2021-04-26 14:02:18 -0500
  • Kiah Sandler
    signed 2021-04-23 15:31:28 -0500
  • Ej Cosby
    signed 2021-04-21 23:15:55 -0500
  • April Ward
    signed 2021-04-21 18:03:06 -0500
  • Isobel Duncan
    signed 2021-04-21 12:47:33 -0500
  • Leonardo Wiley
    signed 2021-04-20 20:34:55 -0500
  • Adrianna Perez
    signed 2021-04-20 09:50:58 -0500
  • Mercedes Cervantes
    signed 2021-04-20 08:49:56 -0500
  • Sarah Glazer
    signed 2021-04-19 21:48:55 -0500
  • Karen Kinderman
    signed 2021-04-19 15:03:17 -0500
  • emeline brady
    signed 2021-04-19 10:37:51 -0500
  • neriman mohammad
    signed 2021-04-18 00:34:14 -0500
  • Steven Keiser
    signed 2021-04-17 20:26:27 -0500
  • Jeremiah Davis
    signed 2021-04-17 20:17:18 -0500
  • Teri Watkins
    signed 2021-04-17 17:30:45 -0500
    Thank you for rightly freeing Gerald Reed. Please free the remaining survivors of police torture now.
  • Lydia Kurtz
    signed 2021-04-16 17:46:36 -0500
  • Phillip Stosberg
    signed 2021-04-16 11:39:49 -0500
  • Mary Paulson
    signed 2021-04-15 13:07:20 -0500
  • Deborah Fields
    signed 2021-04-13 18:32:43 -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