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Former Chicago police officer Jon Burge, convicted of lying about the torture of suspects, walks to his attorneys' office Thursday following the first day of his sentencing hearing at the federal building in Chicago. On Friday, he was sentenced to more than 4 years in federal prison.

Chicago, Illinois– Jon Burge, the former Chicago cop convicted of lying about his role in overseeing a ring of cops that tortured 100 black men, was sentenced to four and a half years in federal prison.

Burge was convicted of lying about his role in a long-running torture ring that saw black men taken to secret locations, where guns were placed in their mouths and their testicles electrocuted with a cattle prod to coerce confessions.

“People in our community get more time than this for fistfights,” said Fred Hampton Jr., son of the late Black Panther of the same name.

The problem is that the statute of limitations on the crimes Burge was accused of has expired and perjury was the only crime prosecutors could charge him with. U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis of Illinois has proposed removing the statute of limitations for torture.


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