Report: Emanuel Wants To Settle Remaining Burge Lawsuits

CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying to talk the city trying to settle lawsuits over police torture allegations that have gone on for decades in Chicago.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports, the actions of police Cmdr. Jon Burge are considered among the most disgraceful in Chicago history, and Mayor Emanuel tells the Chicago Sun-Times that it’s time that comes to an end.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports

He tells the newspaper that the city has “a future to build, not a past to settle,” and he doesn’t want to see torture lawsuits continuing to drag on in court.

If the cases were settled, it would eliminate the need for retired Mayor Richard M. Daley to be deposed by attorneys for alleged victims. Last week, U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer ruled that Daley could be named as a defendant in the case of one torture victim, Michael Tillman, who says he confessed to a 1986 rape and murder that he did not commit while being tortured at the hands of Burge and his detectives.

Daley was Cook County State’s Attorney at the time.

Tillman’s conviction was later tossed.

Burge was convicted of perjury last year for lying about torturing prisoners into making confessions. He was sentenced in January to 4 1/2 years in prison, and reported to a federal penitentiary in Raleigh, N.C., in March.

Since Burge was fired from the Police Department in 1993, his name has become synonymous with police brutality in Chicago.

  • Jermain

    Not one dime should be paid! Make them fight and scratch for every penny.

    • NWA

      I’m sure you are wishing that would happen.


      • Jermain

        You better believe it homeboy!!!

  • vincent boyle

    why does he still get a chgo police pension. he is a discrace to the city and has cost it millions of dollars in lawsuits

    • Jermain

      He earned his pension by putting countless negro gangsters in prison. Nobody talks about that though, they only talk about the few that weren’t guilty on that particular day. Burge didn’t take any of the tom foolery that police are required to take today.

  • Citizen of Chicago

    If Daley were to be desposed the people might really find out how much Daley really played in sending those men to DEATH ROW and how many times would he take the fifth when asked questions. Daley is so corrupt this might just open a can of worms leading to prison for him and some Daley family members.

    • Jermain

      They should just put the whole damn thing to rest. Enough is enough. Old news, move on, forget about it. Lets remember the good that Burge did, instead of a few bad cases.

  • g-man

    So NOW they want to settle once Daley can be be brought to the stand !!!

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