PLO Lawyers Join with Aldermen Moreno and Brookins in Support of Torture Reparations Ordinance

In the wake of a mayoral apology that was demanded by People’s Law Office lawyers and a $12.3 million dollar torture and wrongful conviction case settlement negotiated by the PLO and the MacAurthur Justice Center, Aldermen Proco Joe Moreno and Howard Brookins introduced into City Council an ordinance entitled Reparations for the Chicago Police Torture Survivors. The Ordinance serves as a formal apology to the survivors; creates a Commission to administer financial compensation to the survivors; creates a medical and psychological and vocational center on the south side of Chicago; provides free enrollment in City Colleges to the survivors; requires Chicago Public schools to teach a history lesson about the cases; requires the City to fund public memorials about the cases; and sets aside $20 million to finance this redress, the same amount of money the City has spent to defend Burge, other detectives and former Mayor Richard M. Daley in the Chicago Police torture cases.

The Ordinance was announced at a press conference where Aldermen Moreno and Brookins, PLO client and torture survivor Anthony Holmes, PLO lawyers Joey Mogul and Flint Taylor, and Chicago Torture Justice Memorial member Alice Kim all addressed the importance of the Ordinance. To view the press releasethe Ordinance, and press coverage, click on the links below.


CBS Article, October 16, 2013.

Sun-Times Article, October 16, 2013.

Press Release, October 16, 2013.

The Ordinance. 

The Chicago Reporter