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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Dennis Kreiner
Kathy Cummings
tony hintze hintze
Julia Cary
Abhishek Bhattacharyya
Kevin Tyson
Dagmar Schalliol
Rosemary Cade
Denise Spencer
Chris Vance
jordan eby
Alexan Martin-Eichner
Lillian Erickson
Noah Lepawsky Lepawsky
Jennifer DiFederico
Daisy Jones
Sam Meisfjord
Emma Marsano Marsano
Joella Tepper
Zhenya Polozova
Ab Weeks
Victoria Stewart
Erin Hudson
Krista Plemmons
Jessica Halper
Andy Daglas
Genevra Gallo-Bayiates
Alyce Barry
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  • Dennis Kreiner
    signed 2020-04-03 08:13:02 -0500
    Dennis Kreiner
  • Kathy Cummings
    signed 2020-04-03 04:03:15 -0500
  • tony hintze hintze
    signed 2020-04-02 20:07:05 -0500
    tony hintze
  • Julia Cary
    signed 2020-04-02 19:36:02 -0500
  • Abhishek Bhattacharyya
    signed 2020-04-02 19:25:10 -0500
  • Kevin Tyson
    signed 2020-04-02 17:27:45 -0500
  • Dagmar Schalliol
    signed 2020-04-02 17:24:38 -0500
  • Rosemary Cade
    signed 2020-03-31 22:43:29 -0500
    I really think that the governor should release them immediately the ones with underlying conditions and the ones wrongly convicted. And torture
  • Denise Spencer
    signed 2020-03-24 16:02:08 -0500
  • Chris Vance
    signed 2020-03-04 18:13:03 -0600
  • jordan eby
    signed via 2020-02-19 09:29:20 -0600
  • Alexan Martin-Eichner
    signed via 2020-02-18 22:31:26 -0600
  • Lillian Erickson
    signed via 2020-02-18 20:42:38 -0600
  • noah lepawsky
    @noahlep tweeted link to this page. 2020-02-18 12:18:08 -0600
    Sign the letter to Governor Pritzker telling him to free incarcerated survivors of police torture.
  • Noah Lepawsky Lepawsky
    signed 2020-02-18 12:17:35 -0600
  • Jennifer DiFederico
    signed 2020-02-17 07:48:50 -0600
  • Daisy Jones
    signed via 2020-02-16 15:54:41 -0600
  • Sam Meisfjord
    signed via 2020-02-16 00:14:52 -0600
  • Emma Marsano Marsano
    signed via 2020-02-15 10:41:29 -0600
  • Joella Tepper
    signed via 2020-02-15 09:19:47 -0600
  • Zhenya Polozova
    signed via 2020-02-15 08:02:08 -0600
  • Ab Weeks
    signed via 2020-02-14 23:57:32 -0600
  • Q.U.E.E.N.
    @LoveandMusakk tweeted link to this page. 2020-02-14 16:00:56 -0600
    Sign the letter to Governor Pritzker telling him to free incarcerated survivors of police torture.
  • Victoria Stewart
    signed via 2020-02-14 16:00:09 -0600
  • Erin Hudson
    signed via 2020-02-14 15:43:58 -0600
  • Krista Plemmons
    signed via 2020-02-14 14:42:53 -0600
  • Jessica Halper
    signed via 2020-02-14 14:06:36 -0600
    Gerald Reed is innocent
  • Andy Daglas
    signed via 2020-02-14 12:54:58 -0600
  • Genevra Gallo-Bayiates
    signed 2020-02-13 14:39:35 -0600
  • Alyce Barry
    signed via 2020-02-13 12:41:45 -0600