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Aldermen: Make Burge Answer to Us

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A group of aldermen say they still haven’t heard the full story on the Chicago police torture scandal. They want to haul the alleged ringleader before the City Council. Chicago Public Radio’s Gabriel Spitzer reports.

The so-called Burge Report weighed in at close to 300 pages, took 4 years and about 7 million dollars. Its findings were supposed to be the last word on the matter.

But 23 aldermen say the full truth still hasn’t come out, and they want to investigate the investigation.

Alderman Ed Smith says the man at the center of the torture allegations – former commander Jon Burge – must answer the accusations in an open forum.

SMIITH: Burge was the guy who was in charge, that’s the man we want to look at. We want to make sure that this gets out into the general public, and we are not going to be trepidatious in our responsibility in doing that.

Critics say the investigators went easy on Mayor Richard Daley, formerly the state’s attorney.

When Ed Smith was asked whether he wanted to go after the mayor, he said simply, the road will lead where it has to lead.

I’m Gabriel Spitzer, Chicago Public Radio.

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