Former Officer Accused of Torturing Black Men

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The trial of a former Chicago police officer accused of overseeing the torture of more than 100 Black men that confessed to crimes they didn’t commit began on May 24.

?Former Cmdr. Jon Burge faces charges of perjury and obstruction of justice, and prosecutors say detectives under his command in the 1980s tortured suspects until they confessed to crimes they may or may not have committed, according to The New York Times.

According to BlackVoices.com, in one incident a victim was dragged by police as he lay sleeping one night in his Southside Chicago home. The man, Darrell Cannon, was then placed into the back of a police car and taken to an isolated location. Once there, Cannon recalled having a gun put into his mouth to get him to confess to a homicide.

?“One of [the officers] said, ‘Go ahead, blow that nigger’s head off,’ Cannon told BlackVoices.com. “And that’s when [the officer] forced the shotgun in my mouth.” ?

Cannon said later the cops pulled down his pants, forcing his legs apart, and used a battery operated cattle prodder and continually shocked his testicles, making him confess to crimes he did not commit. Cannon spent more than 23 years in prison. It took him three years to be released after prosecutors agreed to drop his case because of his having been coerced.

Burge, now 62, has categorically denied all the charges against him and continues to receive a police pension.