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


Be in court tomorrow, Friday, June 14, 2019 for Gerald Reed – Judge Leroy Martin, 26th & California, Room 101 at 9:00 am, and then after that in Room 604 to hear about the most recent motion on the case.  Martin will decide on the motion by Reed’s attorneys to dismiss Robert Milan and the other special prosecutors on his case.  This is a very important case of police torture, and victory will set the stage for other victories to come.


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.

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Bryan Williams
Mak Mclaurin
Frank Chapman
Deirdre Darovic
Marc Fischer
Helene Lupa
Emma Tompkins
Valeria crutcher
deborah handler
Adam Mahoney
Betsy Rubin
Michelle Yang
Theodora Cunningham
Michael Kelly
Taylor Graves
Liana Fu
Bobby Vanecko
Sarah Simmons
Souzan Mirza
Tyler Clough
Alex Kogan
Kristen M.B.
Ira Gerard-DiBenedetto
Julia Cary
Perry Maddox
abraham goldstein
Ala Salameh
dan rochman
Rifqa F
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  • Bryan Williams
    signed 2019-06-06 14:26:13 -0500
    Bryan Williams
  • Mak Mclaurin
    signed 2019-06-06 14:23:31 -0500
    Free Gerald Reed!
  • Frank Chapman
    @fchapman5 tweeted link to this page. 2019-06-06 09:47:51 -0500
    Sign the petition: Sign the Petition: Attorney General Kwame Raoul, Free Gerald Reed!
  • Frank Chapman
    signed 2019-06-06 09:47:17 -0500
    Every signature counts and contributes to the very important struggle to save Gerald Reed’s life and to free him from a life of torture.
  • Deirdre Darovic
    signed 2019-06-06 09:29:20 -0500
  • Marc Fischer
    signed 2019-06-04 23:09:16 -0500
    Gerald Reed has suffered pointlessly for so long for a crime he did not commit. His confession was thrown out by Judge Gainer. Please release him immediately.
  • Helene Lupa
    signed 2019-06-04 18:36:56 -0500
  • Emma Tompkins
    signed 2019-06-04 16:13:34 -0500
  • Valeria crutcher
    signed 2019-06-04 15:41:08 -0500
  • deborah handler
    signed 2019-06-04 14:13:03 -0500
  • Adam Mahoney
    signed 2019-06-03 23:49:38 -0500
  • Betsy Rubin
    signed 2019-06-03 22:27:00 -0500
  • Michelle Yang
    signed 2019-06-03 20:47:48 -0500
  • Theodora Cunningham
    signed 2019-06-03 20:43:02 -0500
  • Michael Kelly
    signed 2019-06-03 19:00:28 -0500
    Free all Burge victims, now.
  • Taylor Graves
    signed 2019-06-03 18:56:25 -0500
  • Liana Fu
    signed 2019-06-03 18:47:03 -0500
  • Bobby Vanecko
    signed 2019-06-03 18:19:03 -0500
  • Sarah Simmons
    signed 2019-06-03 18:12:23 -0500
    Drop the charges against Gerald Reed and fire the special prosecutor now! This is a grave miscarriage of justice and irresponsible use of taxpayer monies.
  • Souzan Mirza
    signed 2019-06-03 18:10:58 -0500
    Souzan Mirza
  • Tyler Clough
    signed 2019-06-01 16:36:11 -0500
  • Alex Kogan
    signed 2019-05-31 13:36:32 -0500
  • Kristen M.B.
    signed 2019-05-31 09:18:39 -0500
  • Ira Gerard-DiBenedetto
    signed 2019-05-30 22:30:40 -0500
    This is why Society doesn’t trust the enforcement officers, the police and the whole judicial system.
  • Julia Cary
    signed 2019-05-30 10:28:41 -0500
    Julia Cary
  • Perry Maddox
    signed 2019-05-29 19:18:35 -0500
  • abraham goldstein
    signed 2019-05-29 17:21:08 -0500
  • Ala Salameh
    signed 2019-05-29 17:02:42 -0500
  • dan rochman
    signed 2019-05-29 14:15:57 -0500
  • Rifqa F
    signed 2019-05-29 14:08:45 -0500