Chicago Torture Victims Still Waiting For Reparations

A recent report from The Guardian alleges that a secret interrogation facility in Chicago has been brutalizing its detainees and denying legal council access to the location for years. But one Chicago resident who was wrongly imprisoned for more than two decades is hardly surprised by the recent allegations due to the city police department's notoriously brutal past.

In 1983, Darrell Cannon confessed to a murder he didn't commit after hours of torture by Chicago police detectives. Cannon was exonerated of murder charges in 2004 and released from prison in 2007. But years later, the recent reports of abuse from Chicago's Homan Square feel all too familiar to him, Cannon told HuffPost Live's Alyona Minkovski on Wednesday.

"Chicago has a dubious reputation dating back to the Al Capone days of police brutality," Cannon said. "So it’s nothing new. This new form of brutality probably is just a little bit less brutal than what I had to experience, and others that came before me, during my reign and after. ... Chicago, ain’t no telling what can happen here in Chicago."

Flint Taylor, a founding partner at People's Law Office in Chicago, told HuffPost Live that a still-pending reparations order seeks "proper compensation" for the torture victims, as well as a new center on the south side of Chicago to help reintegrate the men back into society.

"In other words, it would be to deal with, in a full sense of the word, restorative justice for the men who have been tortured by [former Chicago police commander] Jon Burge and his underlings over a 20-year period back in the '70s and '80s," Taylor said.

More than 100 people gathered at a rally in Chicago in February in an effort to have the reparations ordinance heard before the City Council.

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