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Fitzgerald Announces Burge Indictment

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Fitzgerald Announces Burge Indictment

U.S Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald announces the indictment and arrest of retired Chicago police commander Jon Burge this morning. (AP/Charles Rex Arbogast)

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald says there’s no place for torture in a police station and there’s no place for perjury in federal lawsuits. Fitzgerald today announced that federal perjury and obstruction of justice charges have been filed against Jon Burge. Burge is the former Chicago police official accused—but never charged—with beating, shocking and otherwise torturing scores of suspects in the 1970s and 1980s. He was arrested today at his home in Florida on charges that accuse him of lying about participating in that abuse. The federal indictment contends Burge lied in written answers to a civil rights lawsuit. Burge is tentatively scheduled to be arraigned in Chicago on October 27. Listen to Fitzgerald press conference from this morning.

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