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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Matthew Baker
Thomas Bowman
Greg Kuchmek
Stacie Hartman
Joshua Steinman
Faith Harris
Andrew Smith
Paul Engel
Michelle Summers
Danielle Dixon
Elise Wilkey
Solome Bezuneh
Ayelet Kaminski
Caroline Gunter
Sarah Riggio
Scott Phillips
casey Renwick
Andrew Jopp
Jessica Nehme
Damon Duvall
Danielle Elmers
Kaya Plummer
Taylor Meyers
Leslie Holder
Natalie Ayres
Caleb Miller
Ryan Morillo
Noah Mann-Engel
William Bond
James Pruitt
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  • Matthew Baker
    signed 2021-02-22 18:07:26 -0600
  • Thomas Bowman
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  • Greg Kuchmek
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  • Stacie Hartman
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  • Joshua Steinman
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  • Faith Harris
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  • Andrew Smith
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  • Paul Engel
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  • Michelle Summers
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  • Danielle Dixon
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  • Elise Wilkey
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  • Solome Bezuneh
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  • Ayelet Kaminski
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  • Caroline Gunter
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  • Sarah Riggio
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  • Scott Phillips
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  • casey Renwick
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  • Andrew Jopp
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  • Jessica Nehme
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  • Damon Duvall
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  • Danielle Elmers
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  • Kaya Plummer
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  • Taylor Meyers
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  • Leslie Holder
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  • Natalie Ayres
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  • Caleb Miller
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  • Ryan Morillo
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  • Noah Mann-Engel
    signed 2021-02-22 14:44:10 -0600
    Every single victim of police torture should be released unconditionally from prison, have their convictions overturned and expunged, and be given reparations in the form of counselling, medical care, a lifetime pension and significant monetary awards for pain, suffering, and lost wages due to unlawful imprisonment.
  • William Bond
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  • James Pruitt
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