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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Nikia Watkins
Maria Gardner
Cassidy Johnson
Madeleine Mayer
Amy Dusto
Cebe Loomis
Bryne Rasmussen
Savannah Landau
Patricia Janick
Rebecca Burns
Emily Roulund
Sarah Tani
Eden Berke
Olivia Putnam
Maya James
Sarah Fernandez Tabet
Sukanya Prasad
Jessica Nutter
Mitch Rodan
James Piehl
Daniel Wexler
Jessica Olson
Lauren Schenck
Annie Mann
Jennifer Perimal
Christina Sedall
Isabella Atchick
Kj Baker
Amanda Thompson
Rob Balsewich
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  • Nikia Watkins
    signed 2020-10-16 10:58:17 -0500
  • Maria Gardner
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  • Cassidy Johnson
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  • Madeleine Mayer
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  • Amy Dusto
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  • Cebe Loomis
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  • Bryne Rasmussen
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  • Savannah Landau
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  • Patricia Janick
    signed 2020-10-05 20:17:12 -0500
  • Rebecca Burns
    signed 2020-10-05 09:52:56 -0500
  • Emily Roulund
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  • Sarah Tani
    signed 2020-10-03 17:19:18 -0500
  • Eden Berke
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  • Olivia Putnam
    signed 2020-10-03 14:17:45 -0500
  • Maya James
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  • Sarah Fernandez Tabet
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  • Sukanya Prasad
    signed 2020-10-03 11:52:38 -0500
  • Jessica Nutter
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  • Mitch Rodan
    signed 2020-09-27 19:03:22 -0500
  • James Piehl
    signed 2020-09-27 03:55:38 -0500
    FREE GERALD REED
  • Daniel Wexler
    signed via 2020-09-26 16:44:21 -0500
  • Jessica Olson
    signed 2020-09-26 14:45:06 -0500
  • Lauren Schenck
    signed 2020-09-26 14:00:54 -0500
    Please do the humane thing and free the survivors of torture and brutality in the State of Illinois.
  • Annie Mann
    signed 2020-09-26 13:58:18 -0500
  • Jennifer Perimal
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  • Christina Sedall
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  • Isabella Atchick
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  • Kj Baker
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  • Amanda Thompson
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  • Rob Balsewich
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