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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Elena King
Fernanda Gallego
April Motha
Sarah Ginnard
Ian Bialach
L. Oliver Hawley
Jessica Smil
Francesca Mathews
Alexander Ortiz
Ruru Hyder
Ramenda Cyrus
Priscilla Read
Janet Settle
Rachel Hoffman
Carrie kaufman
Allison Levine
John Gorman Gorman
Abhinav Reddy
Arcadia Rom-Frank
Elaine Clemons
Grace Patino Patino
Rhonda Ward
Dennis Kreiner
Kathy Cummings
Julia Cary
Abhishek Bhattacharyya
Kevin Tyson
Dagmar Schalliol
Rosemary Cade
Denise Spencer
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  • Elena King
    signed via 2020-04-17 12:37:50 -0500
  • Fernanda Gallego
    signed via 2020-04-17 12:36:12 -0500
  • April Motha
    signed via 2020-04-17 12:31:11 -0500
  • Sarah Ginnard
    signed via 2020-04-17 12:29:29 -0500
  • Ian Bialach
    signed via 2020-04-17 12:23:59 -0500
  • L. Oliver Hawley
    signed via 2020-04-17 12:21:32 -0500
  • Jessica Smil
    signed via 2020-04-17 12:18:08 -0500
  • Francesca Mathews
    signed via 2020-04-17 12:12:16 -0500
  • Alexander Ortiz
    signed via 2020-04-17 11:57:55 -0500
  • Ruru Hyder
    signed via 2020-04-17 11:52:43 -0500
  • Ramenda Cyrus
    signed 2020-04-17 11:48:34 -0500
  • Priscilla Read
    signed 2020-04-13 14:04:06 -0500
    Priscilla Read
  • Janet Settle
    signed 2020-04-08 14:43:23 -0500
  • Rachel Hoffman
    signed 2020-04-08 11:36:31 -0500
  • Carrie kaufman
    signed 2020-04-08 10:07:51 -0500
    Carrie S kaufman
  • Allison Levine
    signed 2020-04-07 19:24:25 -0500
  • John Gorman Gorman
    signed 2020-04-07 10:26:46 -0500
    John Gorman
  • Abhinav Reddy
    signed 2020-04-06 16:19:13 -0500
  • Arcadia Rom-Frank
    signed 2020-04-06 09:31:50 -0500
  • Elaine Clemons
    signed 2020-04-04 16:45:09 -0500
    I’m pissed off. With the horrible situation in the prison I will do what I can and working with others to stop putting the prisoners at high risk I am outraged at what I know they are doing I had made calls will continue to do so and more free Gerald reed …. putting the prisoners at high risk for the C virus is not only letting them die. I call it murder. I am so saddened
  • Grace Patino Patino
    signed 2020-04-04 11:01:24 -0500
  • Rhonda Ward
    signed 2020-04-04 08:33:05 -0500
    Rhonda Ward please look at the evidence in the case of Michael Ward. There was no evidence he was in another place on camera at the time of the shooting, the judge did not honor the evidence that was there. The judge gave Michael Ward 84 years for nothing. When the shooting first happen the kids could not put Michael Ward at the time of the shooting, or Scene of the crime. There was evidence of corecion

    by the police. And still the judge refused to look at the evidence. We need more Justice when it come to the police. These are least of the problems, he has been tortured in jail!! Can you please look into this case with fairness and open eyes!! Sincerely Rhonda Ward
  • Dennis Kreiner
    signed 2020-04-03 08:13:02 -0500
    Dennis Kreiner
  • Kathy Cummings
    signed 2020-04-03 04:03:15 -0500
  • 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