Wrongful Convictions

$5.5 million in reparations for torture victims

[su_button style=”flat” background=”#94989b” text_shadow=”4px 0px 5px #868686″ desc=”Return to the homepage to see the complete issue and video channel.” rel=”lightbox”]HOMEPAGE [/su_button]   Black Lives Matter and other groups receive credit   by Frederick H. Lowe The City of Chicago in January began paying $5.5 million in reparations to 57 black men who were tortured into confessing to crimes they didn’t[Read More…]

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Chicago Torture Justice Memorials seeks to hire a project coordinator

[ilink url=”http://www.northstarnewstoday.com”]Return to the homepage and video channel at www.northstarnewstoday.com or just click here to see the complete issue and video channel.[/ilink]   by Frederick H. Lowe CHICAGO — Chicago Torture Justice Memorials, which successfully lobbied Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago City Council to provide an unprecedented $5.5 million in reparations for black men who were tortured by[Read More…]

Scene of Detention

[ilink url=”http://www.northstarnewstoday.com”]Return to the homepage and video channel at www.northstarnewstoday.com or just click here to see the complete issue and video channel.[/ilink]   Chicago police held mostly blacks at a secret jail location In the 1981 movie “Prince of the City,” an undercover narcotics detective asks a Mafia guy if one the criminal organization’s members is involved in a high-profile[Read More…]

Police Killed 17 Black Men in June

[ilink url=”http://www.northstarnewstoday.com”]Return to the homepage and video channel at www.northstarnewstoday.com or just click here to see the complete issue and video channel.[/ilink]   A total of 80 people were killed by police last month Police shot and killed 80 people, including 17 black men in June, bringing to 554 the number of individuals who have been killed by police so[Read More…]

Chicago Approves $5.5 Million for Black-Male Victims of Police Torture

By Frederick H. Lowe Chicago has become the first city in the nation to approve $5.5 million in reparations for black men who were tortured into confessing to crimes they did not commit by disgraced former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge and his so-called “midnight crew.” Chicago City Council on Tuesday approved a sweeping reparations package that also includes an[Read More…]

NYT Report: 1.5 Million Black Men Missing from American Society

There are 1.5 million African-American men between the ages of 24 and 54, the critical earnings age range, missing daily from American life because of mass incarceration, higher death rates and overseas military deployment, according to a report released by The New York Times. The study, headlined “1.5 million Black Men, Missing From Daily Life,” notes, however, the gender gap[Read More…]

Police Beat

Blown Cases, Deaths in Custody and Beatings CHICAGO — A Cook County, IL. judge on Monday dismissed manslaughter charges against an off-duty Chicago police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black woman before the cop’s defense had even put on its case. In a directed verdict, Judge Dennis J. Porter ruled that officer Dante Servin was not guilty of[Read More…]

Locked Behind Bars and Out of Reach of Social Security

[ilink url=”http://www.northstarnewstoday.com”]Return to the homepage and video channel at www.northstarnewstoday.com or just click here to see the complete issue and video channel.[/ilink]   By Frederick H. Lowe CHICAGO—In an unprecedented move, Chicago officials have agreed to pay $5.5 million in reparations to black men who spent decades in prison after police tortured them into confessing to crimes they didn’t commit.[Read More…]

Former Inmate Tells of Torture and a Forced Confession at the Hands of the Chicago Police

By Frederick H. Lowe CHICAGO—Darrell Cannon spent 24 years and five months in prison after being tortured by disgraced former Chicago police Commander Jon Burge’s subordinates until he confessed to a murder he didn’t commit. Cannon testified last week before Chicago City Council’s Finance Committee that Lt. Peter Dignan, Sgt. John Byrne and Detective Charles Grunhard handcuffed him behind his[Read More…]

Texas Tech to Award a Honorary Degree to a Wrongfully Convicted Student

[ilink url=”http://www.northstarnewstoday.com”]Return to the homepage and video channel at www.northstarnewstoday.com or just click here to see the complete issue and video channel.[/ilink] By Frederick H. Lowe Texas Tech University’s Board of Regents has voted to award an honorary degree to Timothy Cole, a former business student who died in a Texas prison for the crime he didn’t commit. School officials[Read More…]