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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Mitsuru Nelson
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  • Lesley Williams
    signed 2019-05-20 18:19:59 -0500
  • Noel Lynch
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  • Tracy McLellan
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  • Gabriel Montero
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  • Lynne Kavin
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  • Amalia McCallister
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  • Joan Goldin
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  • Laura Sofia Cardozo
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  • Lucas Epiney
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  • Mitsuru Nelson
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  • John Knewitz
    signed via 2019-05-20 11:00:20 -0500
  • Susan Andersen
    signed 2019-05-20 10:30:42 -0500
    I also made a call and spoke with Mike at the Attorney General’s office who said he’d pass my message along.
  • Abigail Bernabe
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  • Tanya Calvin
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  • Brook Bobbins
    @crookrobbins tweeted link to this page. 2019-05-20 08:17:25 -0500
    Sign the petition: Sign the Petition: Attorney General Kwame Raoul, Free Gerald Reed!
  • Brook Bobbins
    signed 2019-05-20 08:16:45 -0500
  • Jetziba Calvin
    signed 2019-05-20 08:09:34 -0500
  • Rebecca Cox
    signed 2019-05-19 22:01:59 -0500
  • Nina Hazelton
    signed 2019-05-19 22:01:53 -0500
  • Sarah Wild
    signed 2019-05-16 14:09:49 -0500
  • Brian Ragsdale
    signed 2019-05-16 10:41:13 -0500
    Free Gerald Reed
  • Jazmine Salas
    signed 2019-05-15 22:40:04 -0500