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

Christine Godfrey
Ronnie Seward
Edna Harden
Matt Turner
Robby Herbst
Abi Manning
Christina Wright
Fred Lonberg-Holm
Carolyn Eichner
Micco Caporale
Janet Sarbanes
Nick Godfrey
Jessica Arter
Kt Hawbaker
Philip von Zweck
Val Benitez
Tamara Maletic
Nicole Marroquin
Adam Brooks
Albert Stabler
James Jankowiak
Laura Shaeffer
Maria Gaspar
Dushan Petrovich
Jennifer Tittle
Willie Williamson
Ronald Tyson
Eddie Del Angel
Alma Del Angel
Timothy Garrison
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  • Christine Godfrey
    signed 2019-06-07 15:34:08 -0500
  • Ronnie Seward
    signed 2019-06-07 14:05:33 -0500
  • Edna Harden
    signed 2019-06-07 13:32:07 -0500
  • Matt Turner
    signed 2019-06-07 12:34:22 -0500
  • Robby Herbst
    signed 2019-06-07 12:07:28 -0500
  • Abi Manning
    signed 2019-06-07 11:52:42 -0500
    Free Gerald now! Enough is enough.
  • Christina Wright
    signed 2019-06-07 11:23:15 -0500
  • Fred Lonberg-Holm
    signed 2019-06-07 11:14:39 -0500
    Lived in Chi for 20 years. This stuff has to stop.
  • Carolyn Eichner
    signed 2019-06-07 10:48:28 -0500
  • Micco Caporale
    signed 2019-06-07 10:42:28 -0500
  • Janet Sarbanes
    signed 2019-06-07 10:40:10 -0500
  • Nick Godfrey
    signed 2019-06-07 10:25:30 -0500
  • Jessica Arter
    signed 2019-06-07 10:06:20 -0500
    Free Gerald Reed!
  • Kt Hawbaker
    signed 2019-06-07 09:35:00 -0500
  • Philip von Zweck
    signed 2019-06-07 09:26:29 -0500
  • Val Benitez
    signed 2019-06-07 09:07:32 -0500
  • Tamara Maletic
    signed 2019-06-07 09:01:07 -0500
  • Nicole Marroquin
    signed 2019-06-07 08:59:21 -0500
    It is an outrage this man is still in prison. Free Gerald Reed NOW!
  • Adam Brooks
    signed 2019-06-07 08:51:02 -0500
  • Albert Stabler
    signed 2019-06-07 08:46:34 -0500
    The legacy of terrorist brutality under Chicago Police Department is endemic and ongoing, with Jon Burge as just the most visible tip of the bloody iceberg. Please take steps to demonstrate that this history needs not only to be discussed as history, but addressed as a living traumatic cancer in the city.
  • James Jankowiak
    signed 2019-06-07 08:26:19 -0500
  • Laura Shaeffer
    signed 2019-06-07 07:57:55 -0500
  • Maria Gaspar
    signed 2019-06-07 07:41:12 -0500
  • Dushan Petrovich
    signed 2019-06-07 07:36:58 -0500
  • Jennifer Tittle
    signed 2019-06-07 07:33:17 -0500
  • Willie Williamson
    signed 2019-06-07 06:11:45 -0500
  • Ronald Tyson
    signed 2019-06-07 05:21:38 -0500
  • Eddie Del Angel
    signed 2019-06-07 02:02:02 -0500
    Free Mr. Gerald Reed NOW!
  • Alma Del Angel
    signed 2019-06-07 00:47:18 -0500
    Libertad ahora para Gerald Reed! Free Gerald Now!
  • Timothy Garrison
    signed 2019-06-07 00:17:50 -0500