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On October 3, 1990, Gerald Reed, 27, was arrested and questioned regarding the murder two days earlier of Willie Williams and Pamela Powers. He was questioned by Detectives Michael Kill and Victor Breska at Area 3 Homicide, members of the notorious “Midnight Crew” of torturer Jon Burge. They beat him and kicked him repeatedly, and broke a metal rod that was in his right thigh along with the surgical screws that held it in place, causing him excruciating pain. The rod had been surgically placed years before to repair his thigh-bone, which had been shattered by a gunshot.
It was clear to Reed that the beatings would continue until he agreed to confess, and he did. He repudiated the confession at his trial and has proclaimed his innocence ever since. There was no other material evidence against Reed at his trial. Gerald Reed was convicted of both murders, and sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.
But that did not stop the torture. For 27 years Reed has repeatedly requested medical intervention to fix the horrible and excruciatingly painful damage done by his torturers. He has been unable to walk. Finally, last year, he was taken from Stateville Correctional Center to Dreyer Medical Center in Aurora, where Orthopedic Surgeon Steven I. Rabin performed the first step required to repair the terrible damage to his thigh-bone and ease his suffering. Dr. Rabin made it clear that a second, follow-up surgery, was necessary to improve his condition and end his pain, along with physical therapy.
Gerald Reed was returned to the hospital at Stateville in January where he waited for the second surgery. Dr. Rabin, however, had a heart attack and was unable to complete the task. Gerald Reed has been in the hospital at Stateville ever since, for over ten months. He has had minimal physical therapy, and is still suffering from serious pain in his leg.
The Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission held, in a decision rendered on June 18, 2012 and further amended on March 19, 2014, that there was a “preponderance of evidence” that Reed had been tortured and forced to confess. Yet more than 5 years later Gerald Reed remains in prison and in terrible pain as a result of being tortured by Chicago Police.
The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression calls on all people to join with Gerald Reed’s large family and community of friends and supporters to demand:
Doctors designated by Gerald Reed’s immediate family must be allowed to examine him.
Governor Bruce Rauner should immediately and unconditionally pardon Gerald Reed and release him from prison.
Gerald Reed must immediately be transferred from the prison hospital at Stateville Correctional Center to a hospital specializing in orthopedic surgery, where the correction of his shattered right thigh can be completed, and an appropriate prescription for physical therapy can be implemented.
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx must drop all charges against Gerald Reed and move to secure from the court a certificate of his innocence.
- BlackFreeThinker podcast: Conversation w/Frank Chapman & Armanda Shackleford: Gerald Reed
- Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission investigation
- "In debate of civilian oversight of Chicago Police, grassroots proposals win the day" by Maya Dukmasova. Chicago Reader, June 06, 2018.
- "Jaime Hauad, victim of Chicago cop torture, released from prison" Fight Back News, January 24, 2018.
- "Protesters Call for Further Investigation into CPD torture" CBS Chicago 2, January 13, 2017.
- "Chicago Police Torture Victim Gerald Reed Remains Hospitalized" by Mark Clements, January 7, 2013.
- "5 alleged Burge torture cases to get fresh look" by Jason Meisner. Chicago Tribune, September 19, 2012.
- "Chicago's Dark Legacy of Police Torture" by Liliana Segura. The Nation, July 19, 2012.