Police torture commission makes final decisions

June 22, 2012

Associated Press

A commission that investigates alleged police torture cases in Illinois has made its last batch of decisions before a June 30 deadline from lawmakers to cut off its funding.

The Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission on Thursday ruled it wouldn't forward four claims to a Cook County judge. The commission said in a statement that the decisions would be its last before June 30. That's the last day it has funding from the Illinois General Assembly.

The commission was set up in the wake of allegations that former Chicago police Lt. Jon Burge and subordinates tortured suspects. Burge was convicted in 2010 for lying in a civil suit when he said he'd never witnessed or participated in torturing suspects. He is serving a 4 1/2-year sentence.