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

Talia Brewer
Spence Warren
Jenni Nguyen
Ellen O’Malley
Ari Spector
Kristen Rau
Newberry Andrea
Caleb Sowle
Deborah Hellerstein
Brian Fugate
Andre Alabastro
Leah Grynheim
Shannon Unick
Margaret Butler
Catherine La Rivière
Kathryn Rexing
Kelsey Fehlberg
Viviana Chavez
Polley Cooney
Aubrey Nearpass
Truman Brady
Ben Tracz
Ann Jennings
Madeline Schwartz
Kim Parson
Robin Schmidt
Ross Whitten
Diana Clegg Clegg
Robin Posavetz
Kai Roper
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  • Talia Brewer
    signed 2020-07-11 12:21:03 -0500
  • Spence Warren
    signed 2020-07-11 12:15:29 -0500
    As we imagine a world that is free of abuse, kidnapping, torture, servitude, slavery and murder, we must work to dismantle the systems which allow those ills to imbed themselves in the machinery of our society.
  • Jenni Nguyen
    signed 2020-07-11 11:38:48 -0500
  • Ellen O’Malley
    signed 2020-07-11 11:31:06 -0500
  • Ari Spector
    signed 2020-07-11 11:24:33 -0500
  • Kristen Rau
    signed 2020-07-11 11:21:34 -0500
  • Newberry Andrea
    signed 2020-07-11 11:20:28 -0500
  • Caleb Sowle
    signed 2020-07-11 11:05:47 -0500
  • Deborah Hellerstein
    signed 2020-07-11 10:54:07 -0500
    He was tortured . He. needs to have been Released years ago
  • Brian Fugate
    signed 2020-07-11 10:41:54 -0500
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    signed 2020-07-11 10:24:19 -0500
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  • Viviana Chavez
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  • Polley Cooney
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  • Aubrey Nearpass
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  • Truman Brady
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  • Ben Tracz
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  • Ann Jennings
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  • Madeline Schwartz
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  • Kim Parson
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  • Robin Schmidt
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  • Ross Whitten
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  • Diana Clegg Clegg
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