Burge Report to be Released Wednesday

July 17, 2006

A long-awaited report on allegations of torture by Chicago police officers will be made public on Wednesday. Special prosecutors have been investigating claims that in the 1970's and '80s, suspects in custody were tortured by a police unit led by former Commander Jon Burge.

Prosecutors Robert Boyle and Edward Egan spent four years on their probe. It included looking into nearly two hundred cases of alleged torture.

Attorneys for people who say they were tortured hope the findings will spur indictments of city and county officials. But if that doesn't happen, they want to convince the U.S. attorney's office to launch a federal investigation.