The Chicago Torture Archive

Please note: We are currently in the process of collecting and reviewing documents for this archive. Please check back frequently, as we will be adding documents as they are reviewed.

Furthermore, we are looking for contributions to the archive. If you have documentation that you think would be valuable, please contact us

During two decades beginning in 1972, over 100 African American men were brutally tortured at by Chicago Police officers under the command of Jon Burge. After decades of litigation and activism by the torture survivors, their lawyers, family members, journalists, artists, and other allies, the Chicago City Council brought some closure to the cases with the passage of an historic Reparations ordinance in June 2015. Among other provisions, the Reparations Ordinance mandates that the Chicago Public Schools teach students about these cases and their legacy.  

This website is a resource created by the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights of the almost 10,000 documents collected by the People’s Law Office on the trials, interrogations, and other court proceedings involving the victims of Chicago Police torture.

The recent ordinance issued by the Chicago City Council on May 6, 2015 requires that Chicago police torture history be incorporated into the Chicago Public School curriculum.

The Pozen Center hopes that this website provides useful material for teachers, students, researchers, and members of the public.