Chicago — Last week, Chicago’s Police Board voted to allow convicted police lieutenant Jon Burge to keep his $3,000-a-month pension. But one civil rights leader plans to fight that ruling tooth and nail.
Rev. Jesse Jackson, one of the elder statesmen of the civil rights movement and a major political force in the city and nation-wide, has announced his plans to file a lawsuit to keep Burge from receiving his pension, according to CBS.
As Jackson points out, state law says that pensions are not to be paid to any official “convicted of any felony relating to or arising out of or in connection with service.”
Burge is believed to have tortured and overseen the torture of dozens, if not hundreds, of suspects during his time as the commander at Area 2, in an attempt to extract confessions. He has become a notorious figure in the city’s battle with police brutality, as many of his former victims have been exonerated by DNA evidence and have told stories of his and his subordinates’ abuse.