Jon Burge Pension: Police Board Rules He Can Keep His $3,000 A Month

The Chicago police commander convicted of concealing torture of suspects under his watch will continue receiving over $3,000 a month in pension payouts after a Police Board vote Thursday morning.Jon Burge is believed to have overseen the tor…

The Chicago police commander convicted of concealing torture of suspects under his watch will continue receiving over $3,000 a month in pension payouts after a Police Board vote Thursday morning.

Jon Burge is believed to have overseen the torture of dozens if not hundreds of suspects during his time at Area 2 Police Headquarters. Several witnesses testified that Burge personally shackled, electrocuted, suffocated and beat them to coerce confessions.

He was arrested in 2008, but not for torture — the statute of limitations had inexplicably run out on those crimes, though a 2006 investigation showed that dozens of men had made credible claims of abuse. Instead, prosecutors charged him with lying under oath in a 2003 civil suit when he claimed to have no knowledge of such practices taking place.

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