Burge Victims Speak
(IN PROGRESS:: a portrait + oral history project telling the stories of survivors of municipal police torture carried out over 18+ years by Chicago police working under Commander Jon Burge.)
"Torture can be an open secret in a democratic society. Apparently, successive Chicago police superintendents suppressed internal investigations that revealed torture, successive state's attorneys knew of the torture but refused to investigate, and the state's Felony Review Unit knowingly elicited and used tortured confessions. Approximately one-third of the current Cook County criminal court judges are former assistant state's attorneys or Area 2 detectives who were involved in the torture cases. Courts and the public will also look the other way."
-Darius Rejali, Torture and Democracy
Thank you survivors: Gregory Banks, Eric Caine, Darrell Cannon, Mark Clements, Anthony Holmes, James Kluppelberg, Curtis Milsap, Marvin Reeves, LC Riley, Marcus Wiggins + Stanley Wrice. In Memorium: Jesse Winston.
Special thanks to the International Women's Media Foundation Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists and the Invisible Institute for support.
"A rare win for accountability advocates in Chicago," by Milan Gagnon, Deutsche Welle (November 28, 2015).
"A photojournalist tells the story of Chicago police torture victims," by Jackie Spinner, CJR (June 16, 2016).
Community Conversation: Access to Justice with civil rights attorneys Flint Taylor + Sheila Bedi, Frederick Douglass Branch Library, Chicago (October 13, 2016).