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Burge Pleads 'Not Guilty'

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The first Chicago Police officer to face criminal charges in connection with systematic police torture in the 1970s and 80s was in court yesterday.

Former Police Commander Jon Burge had his initial appearance in federal court. He pleaded not guilty to charges that he lied in recent court papers about police torture. Burge’s lawyers asked the judge to allow him to skip a routine hearing next month as he’s been living in Florida and travelling back and forth is costly. The judge agreed. She set a trial date for May 11th.

Burge’s arrest last week, and his court appearance yesterday, have energized community activists who have spent decades calling for charges against police who tortured confessions out of black suspects on the city’s South Side.

I’m Robert Wildeboer, Chicago Public Radio.

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