Chicago Approves $5.5M Package for Police Torture Victims

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CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago City Council on Wednesday approved a $5.5 million reparations package for the victims of the city’s notorious police torture scandal that also includes a formal apology and a promise to teach schoolchildren about one of the darkest chapters in Chicago’s history.

The city has already paid more than $100 million in legal settlements, court judgments and legal fees related to the torture of suspects — many of them African-American — from the 1970s through the early 1990s by a detective unit under disgraced former police commander Jon Burge.

The council voted 42-0 in favor of the award, the terms of which were announced last month by aldermen and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Before the vote, the names of more than a dozen torture victims and survivors were read and they stood while the council gave them a standing ovation.

“This stain cannot be removed from our…

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