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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Sivan Spector
Hannah Nyhart
Caitlin Donnelley Power
Jon Cox
Ab Roeschley
Damon Williams
Gina Tarullo
Johnathan Maltsman
Dana Blanchard
Robert Blumstein
Azzurra Crispino
Bertha Escamilla
Kristen Wunder
Anthanette Marshbanks
Mark Clements
Andrew Rohm
Lainie Keper
cody mazzarella
Becca Greenstein
Lori Niehaus
Myndi Schmid
Alex Wu
Jenny Scherer
Hannah Gelder
Adam McShane
James Gibbs
Ahtziri Barba
Heena Srivastava
Adrienne Stout
Meghan Krueger
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  • Sivan Spector
    signed via 2020-10-22 19:26:36 -0500
  • Hannah Nyhart
    signed via 2020-10-22 19:24:37 -0500
  • Caitlin Donnelley Power
    signed via 2020-10-22 19:23:45 -0500
  • Jon Cox
    signed via 2020-10-22 19:22:24 -0500
  • Ab Roeschley
    signed via 2020-10-22 19:21:03 -0500
  • Damon Williams
    signed via 2020-10-22 19:20:07 -0500
  • Gina Tarullo
    signed via 2020-10-22 19:19:02 -0500
  • Johnathan Maltsman
    signed via 2020-10-22 19:17:26 -0500
  • Dana Blanchard
    signed 2020-10-22 10:59:32 -0500
  • Robert Blumstein
    signed 2020-10-22 10:07:17 -0500
  • Azzurra Crispino
    signed via 2020-10-22 08:17:03 -0500
  • Bertha Escamilla
    signed 2020-10-22 08:12:23 -0500
    Our Love one are innocent we have wrong people locked up ,Please support our cause our love one

    were Kidnap and the system won’t release them.
  • Kristen Wunder
    signed 2020-10-22 07:34:06 -0500
  • Anthanette Marshbanks
    signed 2020-10-22 03:32:46 -0500
  • Mark Clements
    signed 2020-10-22 01:42:11 -0500
    #tortureisacrime All Chicago police torture victims still incarcerated should be released now and all tortured by Jon Burge and his subordinates must be release out of respect for the law and its integrity. Torture is a crime! and when police tortured people, they committed criminal acts that should not be ignored, but it was and it has costed men and women percious years of their lives spent behind Illinois prison walls.
  • Andrew Rohm
    signed 2020-10-21 09:37:18 -0500
  • Lainie Keper
    signed 2020-10-21 09:28:55 -0500
  • cody mazzarella
    signed 2020-10-20 06:10:07 -0500
  • Becca Greenstein
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  • Lori Niehaus
    signed 2020-10-19 20:37:22 -0500
  • Myndi Schmid
    signed 2020-10-19 20:12:00 -0500
  • Alex Wu
    signed 2020-10-19 10:04:28 -0500
  • Jenny Scherer
    signed 2020-10-19 09:14:49 -0500
  • Hannah Gelder
    signed 2020-10-19 08:52:46 -0500
  • Adam McShane
    signed 2020-10-18 21:11:08 -0500
  • James Gibbs
    signed 2020-10-18 20:27:20 -0500
  • Ahtziri Barba
    signed 2020-10-18 19:40:08 -0500
  • Heena Srivastava
    signed 2020-10-18 19:30:22 -0500
  • Adrienne Stout
    signed 2020-10-18 19:05:36 -0500
  • Meghan Krueger
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