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

Miguel Bautista
Tanya Watkins
Jess Sundin
Cassandra Kaczocha
Aldo Reyes
Thomas Lalagos
Michael Glick
Matthew Hoffmann
Aiyanas Ormond
Michael Tee
Shaine Carroll-Frey
joe Kaye
Bryan Williams
Mak Mclaurin
Frank Chapman
Deirdre Darovic
Marc Fischer
Helene Lupa
Emma Tompkins
Valeria crutcher
deborah handler
Adam Mahoney
Margaret E (Betsy) Rubin
Michelle Yang
Theodora Cunningham
Michael Kelly
Taylor Graves
Liana Fu
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  • Miguel Bautista
    signed 2019-06-07 00:00:29 -0500
  • Kathy Powers
    @twopowers1 tweeted link to this page. 2019-06-06 23:57:48 -0500
    Sign the petition: Sign the Petition: Attorney General Kwame Raoul, Free Gerald Reed!
  • Tanya Watkins
    signed 2019-06-06 23:43:01 -0500
  • Jess Sundin
    signed 2019-06-06 23:40:49 -0500
  • Cassandra Kaczocha
    signed 2019-06-06 23:22:10 -0500
  • Aldo Reyes
    signed 2019-06-06 23:06:40 -0500
  • Thomas Lalagos
    signed 2019-06-06 21:33:47 -0500
  • Michael Glick
    signed 2019-06-06 21:25:27 -0500
  • Matthew Hoffmann
    signed 2019-06-06 21:09:40 -0500
  • Aiyanas Ormond
    signed 2019-06-06 21:00:51 -0500
  • Michael Tee
    signed 2019-06-06 20:18:35 -0500
  • Shaine Carroll-Frey
    signed 2019-06-06 19:23:48 -0500
  • joe Kaye
    signed 2019-06-06 19:17:53 -0500
    joe Kaye
  • 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
  • Margaret E (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