Pozen Center Launches Digital Archive Documenting Abuse of African-Americans by Chicago Police Department

The Pozen Center at the University of Chicago has launched an online archive documenting the torture of African American men by the Chicago Police Department. “The Pozen Family Center for Human Rights at the University of Chicago announced a new online archive hosting nearly 10,000 documents collected by the People’s Law Office related to the interrogations, criminal trials, civil rights litigation, journalism, and activism stemming from the so-called Chicago Police torture cases…. As is now widely known, during two decades beginning in 1972, more than 100 African American men were tortured by Chicago Police officers under the direction of Commander Jon Burge. After decades of litigation and activism by the torture survivors, their lawyers, family members, journalists, artists, and other allies, the Chicago City Council brought some closure to the cases with the passage of an historic Reparations ordinance in June 2015.”

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