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Alleged system of torture faces its days in court

By Patrick Smith

April 11, 2010

In the coming months, two different court cases, one civil and the other criminal, will bring to trial former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge, and those under his command, for 19 years of alleged abuse of suspected criminals and of the justice system itself.Burge was fired by the Chicago Police Department in 1993 because of the alleged torture of suspects while he was commander of the police department’s areas 2 and 3. A...

Police lawsuits cost city thousands

By Patrick Smith

March 1, 2010

The city of Chicago spent $740,000 in the past month settling lawsuits that stemmed from two separate incidents involving the same two Chicago Police Officers.The majority of that sum was a $700,000 payout to the Arreola family, approved by the City Council on Feb. 10. The family sued the city in December 2008, claiming that a group of police officers physically assaulted them, shouted racial slurs, pointed weapons at the...

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