By: Andrew Goddeeris, Online Production Editor Vol. 20
Yesterday, Jon Burge, who in 2010 was convicted of lying about the tortures of more than 100 black men during a reign of terror on the Chicago police force from 1972-1991, was released from prison after serving less than four years in prison. He was allowed to collect a valuable pension during his time in prison, and the City of Chicago spent millions of dollars defending him. In These Times has an excellent write-up on the case and release from one of the lawyers who tried to bring Burge and the Chicago PD to justice. This is another stark reminder of the egregious differences in value that the American justice system places on white and black lives.