CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel side-stepped questions about whether the city should pay reparations to some victims of police torture under notorious former Police Cmdr. Jon Burge, who recently was released from prison.
WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports the city already has spent more than $20 million defending Burge, his detectives, and former Mayor Richard M. Daley against lawsuits stemming from torture allegations. The city also has spent approximately $100 million to settle lawsuits stemming from police torture committed by Burge and his detectives in the 1970s and 1980s.
“I wanted to close the books, and close that ugly chapter and stain on the city of Chicago, because what happened there is wrong,” the mayor said of the torture settlements.