Sunday, September 18, 2011

Illinois begins addressing Police torture issues

The sad thing about Police torture is that it has happened many times, and continues to happen.  An age old question of, "who will police the police?" begins to have new meaning as the Illinois Supreme Court addresses what I interpret as police torture, and framing of individuals to get convictions.

Wrice is serving a 100-year-sentence. He is one of dozens of men, almost all of them young and black, who have claimed since the 1970s that Burge and his officers tortured them into confessing to crimes ranging from armed robbery to murder. Allegations persisted until the 1990s at police stations on the city's South and West sides.
Dozens of lives completely ruined forever.   There is no restitution great enough to cover this kind of offense of power.    What exactly did Burge get after his trial?

Burge is serving a 4 1/2 -year sentence in federal prison following his conviction last year of perjury and obstruction of justice for lying in a civil suit when he said he'd never witnessed or participated in the torture of suspects.

Please note that Burge is NOT in jail for torturing, or framing suspects... he's in jail for lying about it in a civil lawsuit.  The Wikipedia page for Jon Burge is now enormous, but we're talking about a 62 year old man, who can never give back what he took from these people, all because he had a badge, and a lack of proper checks and balances.   The system is weighed against you, judges work with police, and not against them, as the burden or proof would imply they should, this is the source of the problems with our system.   Judges, prosecutors and police are all on the same team against you.   If one cop wants to make up a story and claim you did something egregious, you have little hope of success without the most expensive of lawyers.   Police officers are even allowed to break Illinois state laws whenever they want to without fear of prosecution... I see no other way that police in Illinois openly carry firearms when it is a felony to do so in that state with NO EXCEPTIONS, not even for law enforcement.   Even if there was an exception, I would challenge the law then violates the equal protections clause of the 14th Amendment to the US constitution.   It is mind boggling that Illinois has not yet been properly legally challenged yet.  

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