Credit: Sun-Times files
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge.
By: Fran Spielman and Tina Sfondeles
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Mayor Rahm Emanuel apologized Wednesday for the torture of black suspects by former Area 2 Commander Jon Burge and his cohorts after the City Council approved $12.3 million in additional settlements to alleged torture victims.
Emanuel issued the apology that victims’ attorneys have long demanded after authorizing a third round of settlements that spared former Mayor Richard Daley from answering questions under oath.
Identical, $6.15 million settlements will go to Ronald Kitchen and Marvin Reeves, who spent 21 years in prison for a 1988 murder of five they did not commit, only to be released and exonerated in 2009.
Kitchen’s lawsuit alleged that he was arrested after an erroneous tip from a convicted burglar-turned-jailhouse informant and was beaten by police with a phone book and a telephone receiver and had his genitals bashed with a nightstick during 16 hours of questioning.
“I am sorry this happened. Let us all now move on,” the mayor said.