Chicago Torture Case Will Cost City Millions

The lack of charges against Burge led to widespread outrage in Chicago's black neighborhoods. Community anger intensified when Burge moved to Florida on his police pension while his alleged victims remained in prison. It's unclear whether his pension would be affected by the verdict.

David Bates, who served 11 years in prison after he said officers under Burge's command coerced him into confessing to murder, called Burge the tip of the iceberg.

"To tap him out was easy, he's been marketed as the torture person," Bates, who did not testify at Burge's trial, told the Associated Press. "But it goes so far beyond Jon Burge."

Torture Litigation Will Not End With Lieutenant's Perjury Conviction

Only one of Burge's former officers testified at the trial. Michael McDermott admitted that he only testified because he was afraid of losing his police pension and his job with the Cook County State's Attorney's office. McDermott, who was granted immunity from prosecution, told jurors he saw his former boss scuffle with a suspect and point a gun in the suspect's direction in the 1980s.

The Fraternal Order of Police said "hopefully this brings closure to this long-standing dispute" but legal observers said the police torture issue is hardly over in Chicago.

"It was certainly not isolated to Burge in his police district," Masur told "He was obviously just sort of the commander in charge of this operation and there were undoubtedly many, many police officers under his authority who were similarly engaged in torture and other activities. I don't know whether it spread to other police districts. It's not clear if it was going on in such a systematic way elsewhere."

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