Police Torture Commission to issue first report

June 5, 2012

Associated Press

The commission established to investigate claims Chicago police tortured suspects is expected to issue a report to Cook County's chief judge and then go out of business.

The Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission was created by Gov. Pat Quinn in 2009 in response to allegations former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge and several subordinates tortured suspects to get confessions.

However, the Illinois Legislature voted last week to strip the commission of its funding. The Chicago Tribune reports the commission will go out of business June 30.

Nearly 110 people have filed claims of police torture, virtually all alleging being beaten and shocked into confessing crimes.

Burge is serving a 4 1/2-year sentence for lying in a civil lawsuit when he said he'd never witnessed or participated in torture.