Chicago Torture Archive

Beginning in 1972, Chicago Police officers tortured over 100 African American men under the direction of Jon Burge for two decades. After the Chicago City Council passed a Reparations Ordinance for the torture victims and their families in 2015, Chicago police torture history became a required component of Chicago Public Schools curriculum. 

To aid the development of that curriculum, the Chicago Torture Archive was created by the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights in conjunction with the People's Law Office. Visit the archive to view testimonies of torture victims, torture cases findings, documents of police officers sued for torture, media articles, special reports, summaries of evidence, City Council hearings, and more.