Thursday, September 12, 2013

Chicago Mayor 'Sorry' About Torture Cases

I don't think the mayor should have to apologize for something he had nothing to do with. And I wouldn't say his statement is necessarily an apology. There are a lot of things I am sorry for in the world, but I am not to blame for them, so I am not making an apology.

By Ward Room Staff
| Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the $12.3 million settlement in two Chicago police-torture cases is "a way of saying all of us are sorry about what happened here in the city."


Former Chicago Police Commander Burge was convicted in 2010 of lying under oath about torturing suspects into confessions and was sentenced to 4.5 years in prison.


Wednesday's council-approved settlements, stemming from lawsuits by Ronald Kitchen and Marvin Reeves, brings the total payouts in the long-running torture cases to more than $80 million.

Both men in these two cases claim they were tortured by members of Burge's unit. They say Kitchen falsely confessed and implicated Reeves in the 1988 slayings of five people. Both men were exonerated and released from prison after spending years behind bars.

Though none of the cases occurred during Emanuel's tenure, he made the apology Wednesday after being asked repeatedly by a reporter if he would apologize.

"I am sorry this happened," he said in response. "Let us all now move on."


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