Wrongful Convictions

Chicago Torture Justice Memorials seeks to hire a project coordinator

  by Frederick H. Lowe CHICAGO — Chicago Torture Justice Memorials, which successfully lobbied Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago City Council to provide an unprecedented $5.5 million in reparations for black men who were tortured by Chicago police into confessing to crimes they didn’t commit, is seeking to hire a project coordinator to manage a community center on[Read More…]

Scene of Detention

  Chicago police held mostly blacks at a secret jail location In the 1981 movie “Prince of the City,” an undercover narcotics detective asks a Mafia guy if one the criminal organization’s members is involved in a high-profile New York crime. The “made” man is clearly offended by the question. “What’s the matter? Don’t you have enough niggers to lock[Read More…]

Chicago Approves $5.5 Million for Black-Male Victims of Police Torture

By Frederick H. Lowe Chicago has become the first city in the nation to approve $5.5 million in reparations for black men who were tortured into confessing to crimes they did not commit by disgraced former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge and his so-called “midnight crew.” Chicago City Council on Tuesday approved a sweeping reparations package that also includes an[Read More…]

NYT Report: 1.5 Million Black Men Missing from American Society

There are 1.5 million African-American men between the ages of 24 and 54, the critical earnings age range, missing daily from American life because of mass incarceration, higher death rates and overseas military deployment, according to a report released by The New York Times. The study, headlined “1.5 million Black Men, Missing From Daily Life,” notes, however, the gender gap[Read More…]

Police Beat

Blown Cases, Deaths in Custody and Beatings CHICAGO — A Cook County, IL. judge on Monday dismissed manslaughter charges against an off-duty Chicago police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black woman before the cop’s defense had even put on its case. In a directed verdict, Judge Dennis J. Porter ruled that officer Dante Servin was not guilty of[Read More…]

Locked Behind Bars and Out of Reach of Social Security

  By Frederick H. Lowe CHICAGO—In an unprecedented move, Chicago officials have agreed to pay $5.5 million in reparations to black men who spent decades in prison after police tortured them into confessing to crimes they didn’t commit. Although each man could receive as much as $100,000 before taxes, the settlement points to another major financial roadblock a corrupt and[Read More…]

Former Inmate Tells of Torture and a Forced Confession at the Hands of the Chicago Police

By Frederick H. Lowe CHICAGO—Darrell Cannon spent 24 years and five months in prison after being tortured by disgraced former Chicago police Commander Jon Burge’s subordinates until he confessed to a murder he didn’t commit. Cannon testified last week before Chicago City Council’s Finance Committee that Lt. Peter Dignan, Sgt. John Byrne and Detective Charles Grunhard handcuffed him behind his[Read More…]

Texas Tech to Award a Honorary Degree to a Wrongfully Convicted Student

By Frederick H. Lowe Texas Tech University’s Board of Regents has voted to award an honorary degree to Timothy Cole, a former business student who died in a Texas prison for the crime he didn’t commit. School officials expelled Cole in 1985 after he was charged with raping Michele Mallin, another student. A jury in Lubbock, Texas, convicted Cole, 26,[Read More…]

Police Shot to Death 115 People in March, Most of them Black Men

  By Frederick H. Lowe If Murder Inc. was still operating, the nation’s police would be their top competitor. Murder Inc., which was headed by Louis “Lepke” Buchalter and later by Albert “The Mad Hatter” Anastasia, was the enforcement arm of organized crime in the 1930s and 1940s. During those two decades, Murder Inc. carried out 1,000 contract killings. Anastasia[Read More…]

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