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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marina blough
Charlie Hayes
Troi Valles
Brian Bronis
Bertha Escamilla
Stacey Austin
Kim Ruffin
Tahani Othman
Kat Fuenty
Hanan Hammad
Erica Chu
Yousef Abudayyeh
Adriana Caballero
Zeina Zaatari
Sarah Abboud
A Naomi Paik
Patricia Shaw
Naa Marteki Reed
Nicole Turner-Tyler
Dushaun Branch
Nadine Naber
Natalie Zajac
Miranti Urbaningrum
Marina Blough
Abby Sullivan
Jasmine Boubas
Jenny Andrade
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  • marina blough
    signed via 2020-01-27 18:25:19 -0600
  • 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
  • Kim Ruffin
    signed 2020-01-02 08:00:42 -0600
  • Tahani Othman
    signed 2020-01-02 07:56:56 -0600
  • Kat Fuenty
    signed 2020-01-02 01:11:32 -0600
  • Hanan Hammad
    signed 2020-01-02 00:33:38 -0600
  • Erica Chu
    signed 2020-01-01 23:32:15 -0600
  • Yousef Abudayyeh
    signed 2020-01-01 21:31:48 -0600
  • Adriana Caballero
    signed 2020-01-01 21:23:13 -0600
  • Zeina Zaatari
    signed 2020-01-01 21:18:48 -0600
  • Sarah Abboud
    signed 2020-01-01 20:44:57 -0600
  • A Naomi Paik
    signed 2020-01-01 20:14:05 -0600
  • Patricia Shaw
    signed 2020-01-01 16:59:57 -0600
  • Naa Marteki Reed
    signed 2020-01-01 16:13:39 -0600
  • Nicole Turner-Tyler
    signed 2020-01-01 16:10:48 -0600
  • Dushaun Branch
    signed 2020-01-01 16:03:32 -0600
  • Nadine Naber
    signed 2020-01-01 15:50:12 -0600
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  • Natalie Zajac
    signed 2019-12-10 20:56:25 -0600
  • Miranti Urbaningrum
    signed via 2019-12-01 20:52:37 -0600
  • Elise
    @elise_bang tweeted link to this page. 2019-12-01 20:49:56 -0600
    Sign the letter to Governor Pritzker telling him to free incarcerated survivors of police torture.
  • cockatrice lil squirt
    @chuntaholic tweeted link to this page. 2019-12-01 20:03:14 -0600
    Sign the letter to Governor Pritzker telling him to free incarcerated survivors of police torture.
  • Marina Blough
    signed 2019-12-01 19:51:54 -0600
  • Abby Sullivan
    signed 2019-12-01 19:12:34 -0600
  • Jasmine Boubas
    signed 2019-12-01 18:50:31 -0600
  • Jenny Andrade
    signed 2019-12-01 18:38:18 -0600