Man, 79, Loses Police Torture Lawsuit

CHICAGO (WBBM/CBS) — Jurors have ruled against a 79-year-old man, who was suing on claims that he was tortured into a rape confession by Chicago Police.

Oscar Walden Jr., 79, sued the City of Chicago, claiming police tortured him into admitting to the rape of a white woman on Nov. 24, 1951, on the city’s South Side, the Chicago Tribune reported.nearly 60 years ago.

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Walden was pardoned by then-Gov. George Ryan in 2002 and asked for damages of $15 million. But a U.S. District Court jury rejected Walden’s claims and ruled in the city’s favor.

Some jurors said records of the case didn’t support allegations of coercion.

At trial, Walden said he had to sleep on the floor in the old “death row” in the basement of the Cook County Jail, where an electric chair was once located. He also testified that he had a forced circumcision when he arrived at Stateville Prison to serve his sentence after conviction.

Walden spent 14 years in prison before being released in 1965. He went on to earn advanced degrees, open a business and get a Realtor’s license.

  • Anglo-Saxon

    Good, No cash payout. Didn’t believe the BS about police torture anyway.

  • Jack

    Maybe BS? how does he get 14 years back or even 1 year back? That’s BS

    • Anglo-Saxon

      These mistakes did occur before DNA.The police certainly thought they had the right guy. Don’t forget, every black man in prison claims to have been mistreated by white police.

      • Average Guy

        The quote is “every person in prison claims to be innocent.” Don’t make-up stupid statements and try to rename them as quotes. It makes you look dumber then you are.

  • Ms. JSB of Chicago

    If this is the same Mr. Walden who had a daughter named Dianne who died several years ago, he is a GIANT of a man, and would not sue the city if the allegations weren’t true. He’s been cheated out of restitution for an abomination that is routinely perpetrated on Black men, even now. Mr. Walden, if this is the right one, had a real estate office on 61st & St. Lawrence in the late 60’s. He was a diligent, thoughtful man. I hope he appeals and finally gets justice for the years he lost at CCJ. God bless him, and to ‘Anglo-Saxon,’ you’d never know the experience that any African-American goes through in this city. Not a CLUE, and only a fool speaks on a subject with which they’re not familiar…

  • Bill

    I see no mention of his being innocent, just pardoned.
    If he was guilty, and I see no reason to believe otherwise, then 14 years is lenient.
    Why did these allegations of torture only come out now? Did he bring them up at his trial?
    It is great to see that he turned his life around after his time in prison.

  • Boaky

    Lets be real 60 years ago with racism at its highest level black men are still being accused and coherced into confessions. How many times have we looked up and saw whites pulling their ace card, ” it was a black man”. to cover up their actions or wrong doings. We all know the Governor doesn’t like to give pardons so evidently there was something proving his innocence. We should believe he wanted to confess and spend two decades in prison on his on.

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