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

Sheila Shankar
Will Brackenbury
Linda Roths
Gina Rizzo
Crystal Saahene
Ryan Leveillee
Emily Kung
Haley Majetich
Amanda Varela
Linda Galib
Iana Amiscaray
Daniela Cuesta
Karen Zaccor
Courtney Thompson
Traea Boyce
Nick Cortezi
Caroline Scott
Matthew Duignan
Gail Barton
Kelly Kowal
Ayesha Kosaka
valerie love
Piper Farrell
Shannon Millikin
Rosalie Abbey
Jane Jane
colleen duffy
Clare Larson
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  • Sheila Shankar
    signed via 2020-07-14 10:48:04 -0500
  • Will Brackenbury
    signed 2020-07-14 08:39:14 -0500
  • Linda Roths
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  • Gina Rizzo
    signed 2020-07-13 23:31:52 -0500
  • Crystal Saahene
    signed 2020-07-13 22:50:10 -0500
    If something fits my schedule.
  • Ryan Leveillee
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  • Emily Kung
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  • Haley Majetich
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  • Amanda Varela
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  • Linda Galib
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  • Iana Amiscaray
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  • Daniela Cuesta
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  • Karen Zaccor
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  • Courtney Thompson
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  • Traea Boyce
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  • lauren
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  • Nick Cortezi
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  • Caroline Scott
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  • Ariella
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  • Matthew Duignan
    signed 2020-07-13 11:03:52 -0500
  • Gail Barton
    signed 2020-07-13 10:51:04 -0500
    I understand the fear, desperation and oppression felt by just the threat of incarceration as a parent but have been exonerated with justice and fairness because my child was white. I feel compassion for those who live in a society that judges and oversees the consequences through power of politics and power over people of color who’s lives are systemically not valued or trusted. Please do the right thing to integrate fairness for ALL humans as the children of our Creator. Please liberate those tied up in years of litigation and imprisonment over questionable acts.
  • Kelly Kowal
    signed via 2020-07-13 09:20:17 -0500
  • Ayesha Kosaka
    signed 2020-07-13 03:49:23 -0500
  • valerie love
    signed via 2020-07-13 03:12:00 -0500
    I am the aunt of torture survivor Javan Deloney who has been wrongfully convicted and locked up 28 yrs. and tortured by Jon Burge
  • Piper Farrell
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  • Shannon Millikin
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  • Rosalie Abbey
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  • Jane Jane
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  • colleen duffy
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  • Clare Larson
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