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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Natalie Delatorre
Kim OBrien
Alexandra Thomas
Daniela Flax
Jennifer Johnson
Mark Buban
Audrey Ours
Donna Wallach
Jennyfer Chilton
Sara Siddiqui
Sharday Love
Amanda Kunkel
Cole Sheridan
Alice Kim
Alicia Berger
Catherine Moran
Anita McMurtrey
Mary Lou Finn
Caleb Tumin
Jackie Villasana
Raven Stone
Jackie Chacko
Emily Flahive
Marcus Banks
Troi Valles
Manny Condas
Alexandra Kaul
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  • Natalie Delatorre
    signed 2019-12-09 21:31:14 -0600
  • Kim OBrien
    signed 2019-11-29 12:30:26 -0600
    It is a complete outrage and mockery of justice that Gerald Reed and others are still in jail EIGHT YEARS after the illinois torture commission upheld his claim of torture. FREE THEM NOW!!!
  • Alexandra Thomas
    signed 2019-11-27 14:36:30 -0600
  • Daniela Flax
    signed 2019-11-24 12:22:43 -0600
  • Jennifer Johnson
    signed 2019-11-22 20:52:42 -0600
  • Mark Buban
    signed 2019-10-05 22:11:32 -0500
  • Audrey Ours
    signed 2019-10-01 12:30:37 -0500
  • Donna Wallach
    signed 2019-07-27 01:01:59 -0500
    Free Gerald Reed immediately!!!!
  • Kyra
    signed 2019-07-24 15:10:56 -0500
  • Jennyfer Chilton
    signed 2019-07-17 16:35:11 -0500
    Freedom does not belong to a select few. It’s a birth right. If one person is denied that right, than we have failed as a country. We might as well do away with the land of the free and replace with freedom is for a selected few and list those qualifications that makes one eligible. Instead of just leaving it as an unspoken practice.
  • Sara Siddiqui
    signed 2019-07-13 15:01:03 -0500
  • Sharday Love
    signed 2019-07-12 20:10:24 -0500
  • Amanda Kunkel
    signed 2019-07-11 22:20:16 -0500
  • Cole Sheridan
    signed 2019-07-07 15:29:36 -0500
  • Alice Kim
    signed 2019-07-07 13:26:58 -0500
  • Alicia Berger
    signed 2019-07-01 09:35:14 -0500
  • Catherine Moran
    signed 2019-06-29 19:26:39 -0500
  • 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
    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