survivors of police torture


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The  41 individual cases above have all been reviewed by the Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission (TIRC). Of these stories:

  • 28 survivors were age 25 and under at the time of their arrest and torture. 8 were younger than 18.

  • All 40 survivors are African American or Latinx.

  • 11 survivors are currently incarcerated

  • 8 survivors have been exonerated

  • 1 survivor contracted COVID-19 in January 2021 and died in state custody

  • All of them are someone’s child. All of them were community members. None deserved to be tortured.

We demand that the Governor pardon all torture survivors immediately, and that the State’s Attorney vacate their convictions.

The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression will continue to work on these cases, attend court dates and Torture Commission hearings and stay involved with family members. We will continue to put out more fact sheets as they become available.

Click here to browse our comprehensive database of all torture survivors.

Comprehensive survivor database

Beyond those whose cases have been reviewed by the TIRC, there are countless more victims of torture and wrongful conviction at the hands of CPD. You can learn about all 407 cases currently in our growing database below:

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