Sign the Petition: Attorney General Kwame Raoul, Free Gerald Reed!


Join our rally outside the courthouse on Friday, January 10th, 2020 at 8:00AM for Gerald Reed. After that we will go to Room 604 to hear Judge Thomas Hennelly's decision. He asked the prosecution and defense to provide their case for why his signed, false confession should or should not be used -- a confession that was thrown out by the last judge, a confession coerced by torture!


Gerald Reed has been in prison for 28 years for a crime he did not commit. He is the victim of a violent crime perpetrated by Commander Jon Burge and his minions. On June 14, 2012, and again on March 14, 2014, the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission unanimously found that there was “a preponderance of evidence” that Reed was tortured. His case was assigned to Judge Thomas V. Gainer and after seven years of delays by Special Prosecutors assigned to the case, Judge Gainer, on Dec. 19, 2018, vacated Reed’s conviction because it relied on a tortured confession.

Now another motion to remove the Special Prosecutors has been assigned to Criminal Court Chief Judge Leroy Martin, causing further delay. Should a new prosecutor be assigned still further delays are inevitable while they review the case.

Meanwhile, Gerald Reed’s torture continues every day. His leg --- broken by his torturers working under Jon Burge 28 years ago – was partially repaired only in 2017, leaving Reed in continuing pain. In addition, on December 22, 2018, he suffered a heart attack. Last month, April, he was in a coma for two days caused by influenza. His ongoing torture and imprisonment are killing him.

Attorney General Kwame Raoul has the authority to end this extreme injustice and #FreeGeraldReed. 

Gerald Reed needs to be free and his life needs to be saved. We call on Attorney General Raoul to drop the charges against Gerald Reed. We urge him to use the authority of his office to end this human tragedy and set an innocent man free.

Who's signing

Anita McMurtrey
Mary Lou Finn
Caleb Tumin
Jackie Villasana
Raven Stone
Jackie Chacko
Emily Flahive
Marcus Banks Banks
Troi Valles
Manny Condas
Alexandra Kaul
Jeanne Cameron
Jessica Mascarenhas
Laura Castaneda
Teddy Edmondson
Mariam Desta
Chris Adams
Audrey Teo
Ash Dominick
Andy Vineberg
Paula Roderick
Paola Del Toro
Stuart Smith
Audrey Green
Dagmar Schalliol Schalliol
Azhar Ahmad
Fran Zell
Josh Horwitz Horwitz
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  • Anita McMurtrey
    @AnitaMcmurtrey tweeted link to this page. 2019-06-29 00:27:55 -0500
    Sign the petition: Sign the Petition: Attorney General Kwame Raoul, Free Gerald Reed!
  • Anita McMurtrey
    signed 2019-06-29 00:23:11 -0500
    Gerald Reed is innocent and a victim to Burge’s police torture.

    I recommend he be exonerated and that Mr. Reed be compensated for this injustice immediately.
  • Mary Lou Finn
    signed 2019-06-17 00:34:37 -0500
  • BurgerKinOfficial
    @BurgerKinOffic1 tweeted link to this page. 2019-06-16 12:20:58 -0500
    Sign the petition: Sign the Petition: Attorney General Kwame Raoul, Free Gerald Reed!
  • Caleb Tumin
    signed 2019-06-16 12:19:31 -0500
  • Jackie Villasana
    signed 2019-06-15 01:53:03 -0500
  • Raven Stone
    signed 2019-06-14 16:58:43 -0500
  • Jackie Chacko
    signed 2019-06-14 13:54:09 -0500
  • Emily Flahive
    signed 2019-06-14 12:59:09 -0500
  • Marcus Banks Banks
    signed 2019-06-14 12:16:58 -0500
  • Troi Valles
    signed 2019-06-14 12:12:37 -0500
    Our criminal justice system is disgusting. I want to see Gerald out of prison as soon as possible!
  • Manny Condas
    signed 2019-06-14 11:51:51 -0500
  • Alexandra Kaul
    signed 2019-06-14 11:12:36 -0500
  • Jeanne Cameron
    signed 2019-06-14 09:20:42 -0500
  • Jessica Mascarenhas
    signed 2019-06-14 01:14:29 -0500
  • Laura Castaneda
    signed 2019-06-14 00:10:01 -0500
  • Teddy Edmondson
    signed 2019-06-14 00:05:53 -0500
  • Mariam Desta
    signed 2019-06-13 23:41:44 -0500
  • Chris Adams
    signed 2019-06-13 23:31:15 -0500
  • Audrey Teo
    signed 2019-06-13 23:26:22 -0500
  • Ash Dominick
    signed 2019-06-13 22:52:45 -0500
  • Andy Vineberg
    signed 2019-06-13 21:43:01 -0500
  • Paula Roderick
    signed 2019-06-13 20:18:19 -0500
  • Paola Del Toro
    signed 2019-06-13 20:13:32 -0500
  • Stuart Smith
    signed 2019-06-13 19:18:31 -0500
    Stuart Smith
  • Audrey Green
    signed 2019-06-13 17:31:03 -0500
  • Dagmar Schalliol Schalliol
    signed 2019-06-13 17:30:28 -0500
  • Azhar Ahmad
    signed 2019-06-13 17:26:04 -0500
  • Fran Zell
    signed 2019-06-13 17:11:54 -0500
  • Josh Horwitz Horwitz
    signed 2019-06-13 16:55:51 -0500