Former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge died this week, but his legacy of torturing more than 100 black men will live on and continue to haunt the city for many years to come.
Decades later, the torture remains a sore point in efforts to repair the long-fractured relationship between police and the city’s black communities. It continues to be a spark for reform efforts questioning the city’s system of police accountability. And despite its tremendous toll of financial and human costs, the legacy of torture could grow as some torture victims still remain behind bars.