CHICAGO (CBS) — The city has paid out more than $83 million in settlements to suspects who have claimed they were tortured by detectives under the command of disgraced Cmdr. Jon Burge, but some aldermen are pushing for an ordinance that would provide even more financial aid and other assistance to police torture victims.
Joey Mogul, an attorney with the People’s Law Office – which has represented several alleged Burge victims – said the ordinance would establish a $20 million fund to help torture victims, and their families.
“It serves as a formal apology for the Chicago police torture cases. It creates a commission that would provide financial reparations to the torture survivors. It creates a … center on the South Side of Chicago to provide psychological counseling, health care, and vocational training,” she said.