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!

Who's signing

Arielle Sylvester
Fredy Roberts-Ramirez
Chad Vanko
delaney mellish
mindi chau
Deborah Hellerstein
Elizabeth Ortiz
Eden Berke
Isabel Hannigan
Navjot Heer
Max Servetar
Traci Kurtzer
Emmett Farmer
Richard L Giovanoni
Yvonne Livingston
Amber Luczak
Chrisoula Drivas
sophie lipman
Kaitlyn Dessoffy
Anna Acosta
Christina Borizov
Colin Sphar
William Smith
Amanda Varela
Samantha Rodriguez
Brian Carson
Kelsey Cooper
Annika Pinch
Patricia Jimenez
Kelsey Cooper
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  • Arielle Sylvester
    signed 2020-12-17 12:38:45 -0600
  • Fredy Roberts-Ramirez
    signed 2020-12-17 10:59:47 -0600
  • Chad Vanko
    signed 2020-12-17 08:44:08 -0600
  • delaney mellish
    signed 2020-12-14 09:06:24 -0600
  • mindi chau
    signed 2020-12-13 23:19:41 -0600
  • Deborah Hellerstein
    signed 2020-12-13 17:55:37 -0600
  • Elizabeth Ortiz
    signed 2020-12-13 17:33:41 -0600
  • Eden Berke
    signed 2020-12-13 17:01:00 -0600
  • Isabel Hannigan
    signed 2020-12-13 16:58:07 -0600
  • Navjot Heer
    signed 2020-12-13 16:40:11 -0600
  • Max Servetar
    signed 2020-12-13 16:05:15 -0600
  • Traci Kurtzer
    signed 2020-12-13 15:54:50 -0600
  • Emmett Farmer
    signed 2020-12-13 15:54:19 -0600
  • Richard L Giovanoni
    signed 2020-12-13 15:53:14 -0600
  • Yvonne Livingston
    signed 2020-12-13 15:52:49 -0600
  • Amber Luczak
    signed 2020-12-13 15:51:28 -0600
    Are you listening?? It is so painful. Care for our brothers & sisters. Please.
  • Chrisoula Drivas
    signed 2020-12-13 15:51:21 -0600
  • sophie lipman
    signed 2020-12-13 15:48:20 -0600
  • Kaitlyn Dessoffy
    signed 2020-12-13 15:46:59 -0600
  • Anna Acosta
    signed 2020-12-13 15:46:07 -0600
  • Christina Borizov
    signed 2020-12-13 15:46:05 -0600
    Free Them All!🙏🏻
  • Colin Sphar
    signed 2020-12-13 15:45:53 -0600
  • William Smith
    signed 2020-12-13 15:45:52 -0600
  • Amanda Varela
    signed 2020-12-13 15:45:38 -0600
  • Samantha Rodriguez
    signed 2020-12-13 15:45:01 -0600
  • Brian Carson
    signed 2020-12-13 15:44:37 -0600
    Torture is obviously still going on, hasn’t ended with Burge’s firing. Not in our city.
  • Kelsey Cooper
    signed 2020-12-13 15:44:05 -0600
  • Annika Pinch
    signed 2020-12-13 15:43:22 -0600
  • Patricia Jimenez
    signed 2020-12-13 15:43:12 -0600
  • Kelsey Cooper
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