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Jon Graham Burge (born December 20, 1947) is a convicted felon and former Chicago Police Department detective and commander who gained notoriety for torturing more than 200 criminal suspects between 1972 and 1991 in order to force confessions. A decorated United States Army veteran, Burge served tours in  ...


Jul 19, 2012 ... Illinois has shuttered a commission formed to examine the cases of prisoners who say they were abused under Chicago's former Police Commander Jon ... “ Fun time” was how Burge referred to the electrocution sessions, which, Conroy would later reveal, drew on his experience as a military police officer in ...


Jan 11, 1996 ... By John Conroy. In mid-December 1970, psychologists John Darley and C. Daniel Batson conducted an experiment inspired by the parable of the Good ... The Police Board had been moved to hold hearings after receiving two reports from the Police Department's Office of Professional Standards. In one ...


Nov 10, 2015 ... Conroy is the former Chicago Reader writer who, 25 years ago, broke the story of police torture of suspects by former police commander Jon Burge and ... longer than merely four years," and to determine how the police department and the city "have addressed complaints of police misconduct over time.


The repeated practice of torture by Chicago police came to light in the late 1980s and early 1990s.3 One case involved Andrew Wilson, who was accused .... 7 Telephone interview with attorney G. Flint Taylor of the People's Law Office, October 23, 1997; list of sixty-four alleged victims in Affidavit of G. Flint Taylor, Illinois v.


May 15, 2015 ... "House of Screams" by John Conroy kicked off a decades-long effort to unravel the web of a Chicago cop's torturous ways. We asked him how it all went ... When you started digging into the practices of Burge and others, what was the response from the Chicago Police Department? City politicians? Did you ...


I'd be able to tell you that after almost single-handedly exposing a torture ring of rogue officers inside the Chicago Police Department—a reign of terror that may have sent scores of wrongfully convicted poor black men to prison, and, in some cases, to death row—Conroy covered what could be the last chapter of the ...


Jul 9, 2010 ... The most consistent coverage of the case can be attributed to John Conroy who, while working for the alternative weekly Chicago Reader, wrote 22 stories about Burge and torture in the Chicago Police Department from 1990 to 2007, when he was laid off. Conroy had recently been providing daily coverage ...


Dec 3, 2015 ... Police Department (“CPD”); former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has called for an investigation of police brutality .... misconduct-complaints. Between May 2002 and December 2008, Van Dyke incurred 12 misconduct complaints, six for excessive force. See Moore v. Smith, No. 07 C 5908 (N.D..