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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Joe Iosbaker
Daniel Matthews
Kim Warnke
Abdou Barry
Liz Dumler
Rebecca Lo
Rebecca Ogle
Esther Hernandez
Jasmine Hall
Caitlin Myers
Elizabeth Bajema
Jonathan Neidorf
Liz Hamilton
Nicole Loye
Anne West
Ethan Sparkman
Aisha Yusuf
Marquis Robinson
Hafsa Tahir
Jack Tomy
Sebastian Garcia
Gurnelius Terer
Chika Okpara
Michael Hovsepian
Lynn Haley
Hillary Barbetta
tony hintze
Tulsi McDaniels
Yarrow Woods
Timothy Garrison
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  • Joe Iosbaker
    signed 2021-01-25 18:53:01 -0600
  • Daniel Matthews
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  • Kim Warnke
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  • Abdou Barry
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  • Liz Dumler
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  • Rebecca Lo
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  • Rebecca Ogle
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  • Esther Hernandez
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  • Jasmine Hall
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  • Caitlin Myers
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  • Elizabeth Bajema
    signed 2021-01-05 19:58:06 -0600
  • Jonathan Neidorf
    signed 2021-01-05 19:54:23 -0600
    Gov. Pritzker—Please do the right thing and free the people who are incarcerated as pawns protecting CPD.
  • Liz Hamilton
    signed 2021-01-05 19:51:03 -0600
  • Nicole Loye
    signed 2021-01-03 23:26:11 -0600
    Please Grant My Brother Wayne Antusas Clemency
  • Anne West
    signed 2021-01-03 12:59:29 -0600
    Free all survivors of police torture!
  • Ethan Sparkman
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  • Aisha Yusuf
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  • Marquis Robinson
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  • Hafsa Tahir
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  • Jack Tomy
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  • Sebastian Garcia
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  • Gurnelius Terer
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  • Chika Okpara
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  • Michael Hovsepian
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  • Lynn Haley
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  • Hillary Barbetta
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  • tony hintze
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  • Tulsi McDaniels
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  • Yarrow Woods
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