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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Tracy McLellan
Simon Swartzman
Jhoanna Maldonado
Rebecca Burns
Lilia Escobar
Merita Bushi
Paula Bui
Parker Otts
Ruth Perot
Anabel Perez
Rachel Haller
Kathleen Powers
Kathleen Powers
Joseph Hatten
leslie layman
Gwen Darcangelis
Maya Crystal
Veronica Presley
Erin Dillett
Molly Plunk
Brian Labycz
Rebekah Scher
Catherine McMillan
Zak Witus
Kelsey Picolo
Hannah Clarke
Hannah Starbuck
Benjamin Geisert
Will Karmis
Annabelle Dowd
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  • Tracy McLellan
    signed 2020-10-24 19:04:01 -0500
  • Simon Swartzman
    signed 2020-10-24 13:26:23 -0500
  • Jhoanna Maldonado
    signed 2020-10-24 13:25:34 -0500
  • Rebecca Burns
    signed 2020-10-24 13:21:13 -0500
  • Lilia Escobar
    signed 2020-10-24 13:21:06 -0500
  • Merita Bushi
    signed 2020-10-24 13:20:45 -0500
  • Paula Bui
    signed 2020-10-24 13:20:44 -0500
  • Parker Otts
    signed 2020-10-24 11:18:00 -0500
  • Ruth Perot
    signed 2020-10-24 10:52:53 -0500
  • Anabel Perez
    signed 2020-10-24 09:09:41 -0500
    We need change police are needed but to serve the people an protect the people not torture the people to many wrongful convictions 1 is is to many an it’s becoming the way police operate take a stand with the people an help bring change to many kids with out there mom or dad this has gotten to big for our elected officials in my prayers for all life’s to matter Gerald Reed Juan Hernandez , Johnny Plummer , Jesus Vega ,or Micheal Johnson let the good Lord guide your heart thank you sincerely Anabel Perez
  • Rachel Haller
    signed 2020-10-23 20:00:45 -0500
  • Kathleen Powers
    signed 2020-10-23 19:23:21 -0500
  • Kathleen Powers
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  • Joseph Hatten
    signed 2020-10-23 18:27:13 -0500
  • leslie layman
    signed 2020-10-23 16:44:05 -0500
    No one who has been tortured by police belongs behind bars.
  • Gwen Darcangelis
    signed 2020-10-23 16:24:30 -0500
  • Maya Crystal
    signed 2020-10-23 15:57:11 -0500
  • Veronica Presley
    signed 2020-10-23 15:30:18 -0500
  • Erin Dillett
    signed 2020-10-23 15:15:22 -0500
  • Molly Plunk
    signed 2020-10-23 15:14:28 -0500
  • Brian Labycz
    signed 2020-10-23 14:29:30 -0500
  • Rebekah Scher
    signed 2020-10-23 09:18:54 -0500
  • Catherine McMillan
    signed 2020-10-22 23:21:48 -0500
  • Zak Witus
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  • Kelsey Picolo
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  • Hannah Clarke
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  • Hannah Starbuck
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  • Benjamin Geisert
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  • Will Karmis
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  • Annabelle Dowd
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