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

Rebekah Kissel
Elizabeth Love
Briavael O'Reilly
Peggy Tull
Monica Kim
Jamie Williams
Eric Branholm
jaclyn chylinski
Alicia Fernández
Lily West
Luke Burrows
Elinor Keener
Kathryn Ganas
Sasha Kogan
Eloise Kaehny
Ethan Matthews
Maya Rowe
Maheen Khan
Vanessa Strahan
Annikka Bouwsma
M Nelsen
Sam Williams
Ashley Kammrath
elena powell
Ellen Goese
Michael Walega
Kyle Gilbertson
Melanie Plank
Mac Do
Sarah Mitchell
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  • Rebekah Kissel
    signed 2020-10-30 17:46:09 -0500
  • Elizabeth Love
    signed 2020-10-30 17:34:23 -0500
  • Briavael O'Reilly
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  • Peggy Tull
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  • Monica Kim
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  • Jamie Williams
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  • Eric Branholm
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  • jaclyn chylinski
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  • Alicia Fernández
    signed 2020-10-30 15:13:13 -0500
  • Lily West
    signed 2020-10-30 15:13:04 -0500
  • Luke Burrows
    signed 2020-10-30 15:12:39 -0500
  • Elinor Keener
    signed 2020-10-30 12:45:50 -0500
  • Kathryn Ganas
    signed 2020-10-30 12:30:58 -0500
  • Sasha Kogan
    signed 2020-10-30 11:04:01 -0500
  • Eloise Kaehny
    signed 2020-10-30 10:46:44 -0500
  • Ethan Matthews
    signed 2020-10-30 10:38:53 -0500
    Please, we must show the courage and begin to dismantle these dangerously racist and oppressive tactics. This can be one of our first steps to true justice, and building towards better for everyone. These people have already suffered more, and it is your responsibility to help them. Do. Your. Job.
  • Maya Rowe
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  • Maheen Khan
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  • Vanessa Strahan
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  • Annikka Bouwsma
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  • M Nelsen
    signed 2020-10-30 09:24:15 -0500
  • Sam Williams
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  • Ashley Kammrath
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  • elena powell
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  • Ellen Goese
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  • Michael Walega
    signed 2020-10-29 13:39:03 -0500
  • Kyle Gilbertson
    signed 2020-10-29 11:32:15 -0500
  • Melanie Plank
    signed 2020-10-28 22:05:28 -0500
  • Mac Do
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  • Sarah Mitchell
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