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

Joella Tepper
Zhenya Polozova
Ab Weeks
Victoria Stewart
Erin Hudson
Krista Plemmons
Jessica Halper
Andy Daglas
Genevra Gallo-Bayiates
Alyce Barry
Rosie Thale
Emma Goldberg
Frank White
Mary Brick
Juliana Bakumenko
Sophie Young
Mar Wolf
Olivea Frischer
Charlie Miller
Elise Bang
marina blough
Charlie Hayes
Troi Valles
Brian Bronis
Bertha Escamilla
Stacey Austin
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  • 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
  • Rosie Thale
    signed via 2020-02-13 00:07:41 -0600
  • Emma Goldberg
    signed via 2020-01-31 14:03:45 -0600
  • Frank White
    signed via 2020-01-30 07:52:36 -0600
  • Mary Brick
    signed via 2020-01-29 15:12:32 -0600
  • @CAARPRNow tweeted this page. 2020-01-29 10:23:19 -0600
    Sign this letter to Governor Pritzker telling him to free incarcerated survivors of police torture.
  • Juliana Bakumenko
    signed via 2020-01-28 13:49:24 -0600
  • Sophie Young
    signed via 2020-01-28 12:29:18 -0600
  • Mar Wolf
    signed 2020-01-28 10:32:24 -0600
  • Olivea Frischer
    signed 2020-01-28 10:00:42 -0600
  • Charlie Miller
    signed via 2020-01-27 20:58:05 -0600
  • Elise
    @elise_bang tweeted link to this page. 2020-01-27 19:14:59 -0600
    Sign the letter to Governor Pritzker telling him to free incarcerated survivors of police torture.
  • Elise Bang
    signed via 2020-01-27 19:14:48 -0600
  • marina blough
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  • cockatrice lil squirt
    @chuntaholic tweeted link to this page. 2020-01-27 18:12:02 -0600
    Sign the letter to Governor Pritzker telling him to free incarcerated survivors of police torture.
  • Charlie Hayes
    signed 2020-01-27 18:11:39 -0600
  • Troi Valles
    signed 2020-01-21 00:44:29 -0600
  • Brian Bronis
    signed 2020-01-19 10:16:24 -0600
    My son Matthew Echevarria was named by a “confidential informant” and was wrongfully convicted of murder do to witness manipulation and police misconduct. He was hand cuffed to the wall of an interrogation room at 17 yrs. old for 20 hrs. and questioned repeatedly without representation by detectives Butler and Navarrete of the 25th district. Matthew never falsely confessed so the detectives decided to manipulate the witnesses before and during the lineup. The Illinois Innocence Project and Lovey & Lovey are currently representing Matthew.

    For more info please go to ( &

    Thank you, Brian Bronis
  • Bertha Escamilla
    signed 2020-01-05 17:33:35 -0600
  • Stacey Austin
    signed 2020-01-02 16:07:05 -0600