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

Ethan Matthews
Maya Rowe
Maheen Khan
Vanessa Strahan
Annikka Bouwsma
M Nelsen
Sam Williams
Ashley Kammrath
elena powell
Ellen Goese
Michael Walega
Melanie Plank
Mac Do
Sarah Mitchell
Katharine Kenny
Claudia Soto
Rebecca Regan
Erica Bentley
Lucy Trevino
Sandra Adamson
taylor brode
Anne Amann
Larisa Garski
neriman mohammad
Ms. Jimenez
Edward Thompson
Laurel Chen
Nour Zuaiter
Allison Kiel
Jessica Schrantz
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  • 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
    signed 2020-10-30 10:33:04 -0500
  • Maheen Khan
    signed 2020-10-30 09:33:04 -0500
  • Vanessa Strahan
    signed 2020-10-30 09:25:52 -0500
  • Annikka Bouwsma
    signed 2020-10-30 09:24:32 -0500
  • M Nelsen
    signed 2020-10-30 09:24:15 -0500
  • Sam Williams
    signed 2020-10-30 09:23:24 -0500
  • Ashley Kammrath
    signed 2020-10-30 09:08:27 -0500
  • elena powell
    signed 2020-10-29 20:00:19 -0500
  • Ellen Goese
    signed 2020-10-29 16:30:29 -0500
  • Michael Walega
    signed 2020-10-29 13:39:03 -0500
  • Melanie Plank
    signed 2020-10-28 22:05:28 -0500
  • Mac Do
    signed 2020-10-28 18:45:23 -0500
  • Sarah Mitchell
    signed 2020-10-28 15:03:26 -0500
  • Katharine Kenny
    signed 2020-10-28 13:41:30 -0500
  • Claudia Soto
    signed 2020-10-28 12:03:59 -0500
  • Rebecca Regan
    signed 2020-10-28 10:03:04 -0500
  • Erica Bentley
    signed 2020-10-27 20:53:39 -0500
  • Lucy Trevino
    signed 2020-10-27 15:06:07 -0500
  • Sandra Adamson
    signed 2020-10-27 10:54:28 -0500
  • taylor brode
    signed 2020-10-27 10:38:53 -0500
  • Anne Amann
    signed 2020-10-27 10:15:19 -0500
  • Larisa Garski
    signed 2020-10-27 09:33:36 -0500
  • neriman mohammad
    signed 2020-10-27 09:05:34 -0500
  • Ms. Jimenez
    signed 2020-10-27 03:45:10 -0500
  • Edward Thompson
    signed 2020-10-26 21:03:52 -0500
  • Laurel Chen
    signed 2020-10-26 15:52:40 -0500
  • Nour Zuaiter
    signed 2020-10-26 14:53:23 -0500
  • Allison Kiel
    signed 2020-10-26 11:11:43 -0500
  • Jessica Schrantz
    signed 2020-10-26 09:32:03 -0500